|Not a pretty picture, but a good
story. Roy had trouble keeping up with me. At first I
thought it was experience and he would catch on. But on the third
day he dropped about a half mile off the pace, so I pulled over at a salmon
farm and was granted permission to board and wait for him.
As he approached I shouted some paddling instructions, you know, the usual "knee jerk" solutions: "Increase the length or your stroke, rotate your trunk...more beats per minute. "Yackety yak, yakety yak...".
His reply was sharp: "I've watched you paddle for three days I'm doing the same thing you are. It doesn't work!"
As Roy pulled alongside the farm, I noticed a line trailing from his kayak. On the underwater end of it was his bailing bucket, a very effective sea anchor. We all had a big laugh, promised to keep the "boo-boo" a secret. And here I am telling the world.
The point is you will probably stow materials on the hull of the boat, make certain they are secure and are not a hazard. Make certain they do not slow or impede your re-entry into the boat should it capsize.
|MY TURN! I lost my dive watch of 30 years, a constant, reliable companion that had tagged along with me through 40
countries or so. It was my fault and the manufacturers fault, we
share the blame for the breach. The wrist band pin that connects
band to watch rusted, broke and led to the demise of the faithful
timepiece. Guaranteed to 260 meters, it probably began breaking up
at 300 meters and various parts may still be sinking as of this
writing. It is shocking how much a watch like that cost at today's
prices. Always rinse your gear in fresh water after a salt water
Oh! And by the way, for the sixth straight trip I lost a pair of
sun glasses and found a pair. Like, Seinfeld, I broke even. A lanyard on your glasses is a must. I know where every
lost pair is. I can see them in my mind's eye. Next to the alder
where I photographed the ferry shot. Next to the lily I filmed in
Ontario. Next to the thistle I filmed in Catalunya. Keep those
glasses attached, especially if you are a photographer.