reply to post by CaninE.G
Sea Kayaking is something I am going to be doing in the spring and try and get one of my daughters inerested too. There are hundreds of Scottish
islands out here just waiting to be plundered and exploited ... Err I mean explored.
I must stop thinking like a human (cheapshot, sorry).
Sailing is also a fun thing to do. I spent two weeks on a twelve metre racing yacht in the Bay of Biscay a few years ago. The adventure was certainly
there as we sailed through the night in a terrible storm, waves crashing down over me as the others huddled and vomited below decks, going through the
motions of weight and weightlessness as we crested and dived down into wave after wave all through the night – it was magnificent!
The depth was thousands of metres deep. It was too deep to register on the depth sounder but I had checked the chart before coming on watch (I was
freaked out). As I had the wheel I really could feel the depth like a car driver feels the condition of a road as I battled to keep the yacht on
course. I quickly learned that you can feel the waves as they come in much more than you can see them and I also learned that the way to keep the
yachts on course in a storm is to bounce the bow against the surge of incoming water and then ease the wheel into the after-surge much like you steer
into a car skidding on ice.
I was drenched and cold like everyone else but unlike everyone else I was whooping with joy every time a wave crashed over the boat and smothered
Then there are long hikes into the wilderness with just yourself and maybe a dog for company. The adventure starts when the first thing to go wrong
blows your plans out of the water and you are all of a sudden having the time of your life, muscles aching like they are on fire, your joints
screaming for mercy as you hike through valleys and over Munroe’s. Combine a hike of other outdoor adventure with a sky watching mission and you are
in seventh heaven (I certainly am).
The last time I went hiking in the Scottish highlands however in company I was reminded why I prefer my own company much more or just the company of a
dog. My friend griped and moaned when he got hungry and cold and then decided that the perfect accompaniment to a night of sky watching was to build a
fire and ruin our natural night vision.
He then griped some more then after a time I emptied some loch water over the fire and told him “I prefer silence so that I can hear and darkness so
that I can see otherwise camping in a garden might be more his thing”.
The final straw was on the morning when I sat and watched an Osprey dancing between the trees and was enthralled with the way such a huge bird seemed
to glide and move like an angelic being. It really felt like a profound feeling of connection as it obviously saw us watching it and even my dog just
sat beside me and watched it doing its thing – time standing still as this huge bird of prey danced for us against a primeval ancient backdrop.
Unnoticed until it was too late to stop him my friend decided to edge closer as if he was some sort of ninja and the Osprey was spooked and flew away.
I grinned at him and told him it was time to go home – Inside I was imagining ramming my fist down his throat and choking him on his own larynx.
At least I learned that the so called anti NWO warrior and self proclaimed survival expert was just an expert within the realm of his own mind. I am
at least educated to his liability long before the SHTF and I guess there is purpose in discovering that now rather than later, and he has never come
out with me again, never will.
There are many things you can do out there, just get out there and do it, the one that suits you will become apparent as soon as you start doing it,
just make sure that if you go in company that the company you pick is suitable for what you have in mind.