Tuesday, August 18, 2015
Kayaking With the Whales 30 Years in the Making
The above images are from one of the last trip brochure I received and saved from a company (Northern Lights) that is no longer in business. My annual mailings stopped as they closed up shop but I still saved the outdated brochures in the nightstand next to my side of the bed. You have to keep your dream close at hand just in case your Fairy Godmother shows up while you are sleeping.
Anthony and I have talked about trips and adventures we would like to take over the years and it was ironic because he was always consistently lukewarm regarding the Sea Kayaking adventure specifically faced with the prospect of kayaking in harsh conditions that the British Columbia coast is so well known for.
After almost 30 years it seems that my Fairy Godmother was a no-show but little did I know that slumbering next to me was the number one secret keeper and dream full-filler of all time! On Christmas morning 2014 I opened a box that contained water proof paddle gloves, a splash jacket and a brochure from ROW Adventures for a 6 Day Sea Kayaking (Orca and Humpback Adventure). I was speechless as I realized that he had booked us an adventure for August 2015. Could the months drag by any slower?
Today I am on the back end of humbly having the opportunity to experience this amazing adventure with my husband and best friend who went out of his way to stoke my long burning dream to life. In addition to the highlights of ROW's brochure and varied daily schedule we also enjoyed the enthusiasm of our three guides (Mel, Colin and Bob) and were in great company with an exceptional group of outdoor enthusiasts from all over the world. What a blessing indeed to share almost a week in nature with amazing well traveled and kind individuals, raw and rugged coastal beauty and the opportunity to encounter whales in their natural environment without interfering in their lives.
I can say that our trip was one of the most wonderful outdoor experiences I have had and I am so grateful and thankful to have had this unique travel experience. Who knows what we will have on our wish list in the coming years (I do have more secret destination dreams) as this adventure will be hard to top!
Row Adventures: http://www.rowadventures.com