Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Paddling The Bay

I do enjoy my sea kayaking and if there's a chance to get on the water I'll take it. Doesn't have to be big and bold, just some quality time away from the rest of the world. So on a recent trip to the States and having hooked up with a very helpful outfitter, I found myself exploring a new stretch of water and the chance to see a fabulous monument to human endeavour from an entirely unique persepective.

Leaving the protection of the marina in Sausalito with my rental kayak from Sea Trek. You can almost make out the high rise buildings of San Francisco, Alcatraz and the Bay bridge on the horizon. The weather gor worse after this.

My target, now clearly insight, between the wind and rain. At one point I almost lost complete sight of it and land when the sea mist came in.

I stopped for a rest just before Lime Point to give myself a moment to think through the next part of the paddle. There was never any break from the wind. It was only later I found out this area is known as Hurricane Corner!

I was actually quite relieved to get round the corner into some shelter again from the constant wind and rain. Though I had my own trusty base layers on, the rain was pretty much getting through everthing and it wasn't a warm day.

The only other boat on the water that day! the comment on my return was something along the lines of "mad dogs and Englishmen..........". All good clean fun nonetheless. And like the Governor of California might say "I'll be back"

The Golden Gate Bridge. was the largest suspension bridge in the world when it was completed in 1937 and has become an internationally recognized symbol of San Francisco and the United States. It is currently the second longest suspension bridge in the United States after the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge in New York City.

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