I can’t believe it!
This is my second consistent paddle for the year. The last paddle I had was about a month ago, and Jen and I said that regardless of weather (providing it’s not stormy) we will still paddle. Last year we missed so many opportunities to paddle because we were either sick, had other commitments or too wussy to paddle with a drizzle of rain and the cold. So, this year we have a brand new refreshing attitude to paddling!
Time for a change
We’ve been paddling together for over two years now. And have only paddled around the Ascot region of the river. Which is absolutely beautiful but I was getting a little bored of the scenery and I think Jen was too. So, I suggested that we try Freshwater Bay in Peppermint Grove for our second kayaking adventure. I came here for one of my sketches and knew I had to come back for a paddle.
8.30am and the swans and ducks were out
I got nervous
It’s been quite a while since I’ve been in more open water for paddling and with power boats around especially. I did consider not wearing my life jacket but two things crossed my mind, what was I going to attach my camera to and what happens if I spontaneously fall in and I panic? As I’ve mentioned before, I have a slight fear of deep water and I’m not a strong swimmer, but I love the water.
My decision to wear my life jacket gave me peace of mind so that I could enjoy my paddle. I think sometimes the ego gets in the way though. Of course I don’t want to look silly with my life jacket, I mean you don’t see many other paddlers with theirs on! I’d rather look silly than be wet and drowning.
Creeping up behind us was the Rottnest ferry
It was around this point as we headed back that I noticed a fin come out of the water. Given that I now need my glasses more often and the light was facing us, it was rather hard to determine whether it was a fin. So we paused and waited.
“Hey!! there it is! Did you see it?” I yelled out to Jen.
We got pretty excited, it makes paddling worthwhile when you see dolphins. There’s a peace and serenity that dolphins bring.
Keeping up with where they were going to appear next was fun, until we noticed a fairly large power boat heading in our direction, creating some big waves. That’s when some fast paddling took place. Almost like what you see in the cartoons, where the characters are scrambling to get out of the way. Well, maybe I’m over exaggerating here, but it felt like that 🙂
Crabs and Jelly Fish
Jen, also spotted some blue crabs swimming past, silly me asked “where” but we were moving too fast for me to see anything. I did however see jelly fish….big jelly fish! And lots of them too.
Not hard to miss when the river is filled with them. At this point and many other jelly fish spotting times, I thought of my friend Su, who hates and is scared of jelly fish. Not sure what specifically about jelly fish she is scared of? t’s not like they’re mutant jelly fish that grow in the sewers and end up like the size of Godzilla!
I’ve always found it hard doing selfies, especially with short arms!
(that’s why I rarely do them)
There’s so many beautifully big homes along here. Houses that you don’t get to see when you’re driving around. But then I wonder to myself, how many rooms do you actually use? Imagine cleaning the windows? Of course you’d get the “man” in to do the job but still. I think I’d feel rather lonely in such a big house like this. You’d feel compelled to stay at home because you’ve spent so much money buying your palace. Or, maybe it’s your sanctuary from your busy business life? I don’t know, but I know that houses like these are beautiful to look at and admire, I enjoy the aesthetics, but for me personally it’s too big. I’m a simple kinda gal!
I think I’ve found another new hobby
Whilst waiting for Jen to arrive, the SUP (stand up paddling) paddlers were on the water. I’ve tried it before and enjoyed it.
Where I live near the beach I often see SUP paddlers out. I’m not sure if I am game enough to go in the ocean though. I think I’m more of a flat water paddler. I prefer to explore my surrounds. And from my one and only experience of SUP is that it’s like looking into an aquarium when you look into the water when you’re standing up so high.
So the plan is, sell my double kayak and get myself a SUP.
SUP & Yoga
At the end of our ‘expedition’ I saw that there was a SUP yoga class. Perfect I thought! my love for the water combined with my desire to learn yoga!
The only wuss factor here is that Autumn is setting in and the water is getting colder. And with SUP there’s more chances of falling in. Not that, that bothers me, it’s just getting cold that does. Oh well, I just have to get over it and toughen up!
I hope you enjoyed paddling with me through Freshwater Bay. Stay posted for more kayaking adventures, as Jen and I continue our 2014 kayaking ‘expedition’ and explore more of Perth and the Swan River.