My oldest son officially moved to the mainland. Likely for a very long time. I am thrilled that his career is going the way he wants, but sad that it takes him away from home. A major landmark in the map of our lives.
After he left I hit the highway for some time with girlfriends. A great remedy for turning 'off' back 'on'!
And, I went sea kayaking! I had never been in a sea kayak before! It was the highlight of my trip and I highly recommend it.
If you had asked me 2 weeks ago if I would kayak in a bay with minke whales I would have said 'no sir'. But I did. If you had asked me 2 weeks ago if I would kayak in a bay with sharks I would have said 'no sir'. But I did.
Now let's be clear, the whales were in the deep water and and we stayed close to shore where it was quite shallow. The only worry would be that a whale might bump the kayak. And as for sharks, most are harmless anyway. I felt quite safe. I don't want to give you the impression that I am more fearless than I really am; I would not go across the bay in the deep water, but lots of people do.
The geography of the bay is such that it is very easy to hear whales when they surface and blow; the hills act as a buffer bouncing the sound back across the bay. At times they sound like they are right next to you. Amazing. I think it is more thrilling to hear them than to see them.
If you are ever feeling 'off' I highly recommend girlfriends and kayaking in Bonne Bay to switch you back to the 'on' position. Good medicine.