Finally it is time for me to write something, I have had trouble to figure out what to write about. But now I've got a story from this weekends adventure. Enjoy!
The day was here, me and two of my friends had planned to take the weekend off and go for an expedition to an island a few kilometers offshore.
Straight after work on friday, we packed our stuff in the car and drove about hundred kilometers to the place where we would start our small expedition. The weather was okay, a bit overcast with the sun shining trough the clouds. We were a bit late, so we wouldn't have many hours of light left, but we were optimistic and went out anyway.
Picture taken by @benjaminstreng
My paddling skills aren't maybe the best, because I have been out in a kayak only three times before. But the only way to get better is to get out there, into the wild and cold waters.
At first the sea was calm and easy to paddle through, but that's because we were in a bay that was protected with reefs as a natural breakwater. After the first hundred meters of unsteady paddling, I was finally getting used to my kayak and it started to feel good.
Pictures taken by @benjaminstreng
When we got closer to the reefs we started to hear the sound of waves breaking over the rocks. But we didn't let that scare us and continued to paddle. Quite soon we did pass the protecting reefs and started to feel the waves. We hadn't come far before we got pushed into a bunch of rocks and stones, stuck there we realized that we had to carry our kayaks over the reef "island" to continue our trip. After a bit of struggling we got all three kayaks over and continued our expedition.
The waves started to get annoying, they came obliquely from behind and I had lost my rudder and did not have anything to support my feet, so it was quite unsteady. However, we proceeded even though it was a bit tough.
Picture taken by @benjaminsteng
Suddenly a wave came up from behind and suprised me, a second later I was upside down hanging, stuck in the spraydeck. Everything went so fast so I didn't have the time to fill my lungs with air. I never had the chance to learn how to do an eskimo roll so I dropped my paddle and started to try to loose the spraydeck that I was stuck in. That did not work so well, I couldn't see anything because it was dark and I could not find the rope that was attached to the spraydeck. Well, I did not have time to stay under just to find some rope to pull so that I could get free, insteed I used my arms and body and tryed to swing/ drag myself up. It almost worked, half way up I managed to bend and push myself out of the kayak. I came up to the surface gasping for air and clung myself onto the kayak. It was freezing cold, and the nearest island was about seventy meters away. Benjamin came paddling trough the waves to help me, while Jonatan went to see were we could take ashore.
Benjamin had a rope that he tied to my kayak so he could drag me, because I could not get up on the kayak myself, and it was also filled with water. So there I was floating after my kayak while Benjamin paddled like never before.. Closer to land the waves got bigger and it started to be difficult for my friend to not roll over like me, so we had to loose the rope. Unfortunately the knot was to tight so he couldn't loosen it. Luckily I had my spring assisted knife in my pocket, I swam there and cut the rope. It felt like it was from a movie or something.
Meanwhile Jonatan had found a protected spot betwen som rocks were we could take ashore.
The island that we were on wasn't the one we had planned to go to, but because of the circumstances we did not care about that. Now the the main thing to do was to get a fire going and change the clothes to something dry.
When the heat from the fire drove away the coldness my mood came back, it actually was quite nice. A crackling fire and the smell from some meat that was getting ready in the ember, so peaceful, it was perfect. To be out in the wild with friends, talking about life and stuff, hearing the sounds of the night, the waves and the fire, thats something we should do more often.
In the morning after a long night sleep in a two person tent with two other guys it felt good to go out and stretch my legs. We ate a steady breakfast with sausage and bread and a cup of coffee. After that we just enjoyed the nature and the freedom. We explored the island, that actually was very beautiful, had a lot of smooth cliffs and pine trees. Interesting how you can do just nothing for hours when you are out in the nature, sitting in front of a fire or something and not feel any restlessness and stress, that would not work at home were there are stuff to do all the time..
The day went on and it was time to take our kayaks and paddle back, this time an other route. The way back went much smoother, and soon we were back on mainland. It had been a wonderful trip, even thou it didn't go as planned. Much thanks to my friends Benjamin and Jonatan for the company and the help when needed! We'll do it again :)