Sunday, April 02, 2006
A Sunday morning paddle
Newcomers can ask difficult questions. After yesterdays' pool session Suus asked me what the joy of kayaking is for me. I was struck dumb: that's what I am writing about in this blog... I can't give one simple answer to this. Kayaking has so many different aspects. But how do you tell someone who hasn't got the slightest clue of what seakayaking is about? I was just about to take my chance and tell Suus all about it, show her my kayaking pictures, Justines' videos, my kayaking library, and... ;-) But as Janine saw that glance coming up in my eyes, she took action and saved her sister.
So what is the joy of kayaking? Sometimes it's a social thing: having fun with friends on the water, in a pool, at sea or at shallow waters. Today however it was a private thing. This morning I got up early, Woerden was still asleep. I left the Pintail on the roof of my car after yesterdays' pool session. I drove 15 minutes to a little place called Noorden at the Nieuwkoopse Plassen, unloaded the kayak and paddled ahead. First in the lee of the bushes and last years reed. The water was like a mirror until the rain started dripping. The drips on the kayak and the water created an intimate atmosphere. I was alone with the waterbirds. After a few miles I entered another world, the wideness of the Noordeinder Plas. Wind was increasing, gales force 5 and 6 made the water lively. I forgot about the world around me, now it was the kayak and me, and I coursed different directions to test the behavior of the Pintail on windy conditions, paddled to lee shore to find some short steep waves. The Pintail is a playful boat but tracks surprisingly well under these conditions. When I got ready with playing I paddled back to Noorden. Packed the kayak on the car. And had a cup of tea with appletart in the café De Klinker. Here I met the first people: I had been paddling two hours without seeing any other boat on the water. I love being alone, once in a while!
Geplaatst door Hans Heupink op 18:14