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I was blown away by our first official kayak-sailing trip, in a wonderful way. A custom group came from Washington state, organized by Jim & Mary who’ve paddled with us almost annually since our very first trip in 2007. The wind actually cooperated often, for a gentle introduction to kayak sailing for the first-timers, and then gave us some exciting action later in the week.
Stars punctuated our nights. Fresh fish flavored our dinners, thanks to Ramon’s dedicated efforts. Music inspired our spirits. Harmonica and flute duets were often heard on local, very low wattage “stations” of KARM Carmen and KDNZ Danzante. Morning and evening “broadcasts” included weather forecasts and wildlife reports, messages from sponsors, and of course a fine blend of music and humor.
The weather began to cool off, and snorkeling was followed by lounging around on warm rocks. Our route took us around Carmen Island, a little more quickly than planned, inspired by the forecast of strong wind. When the wind hit, we were in a prime location to enjoy a relaxed basecamp experience for a few days, with playtime in the waves in unloaded kayaks.
On Danzante Island we were treated to the show of a rattlesnake eating an improbably large rat. After a couple of hours, the hind feet and tail were yet to be ingested.
A windy forecast greets the next trip, which will give us some fine opportunities for skill-building, as well as hiking in the mountains. Tune in next week for a report!