On the water and under the stars

Take a solid few weeks of work; mix it with some keen kayakers; add two days off work – the result? An impromptu overnight kayak camping trip to a secret campsite only accessible by water.

We’re so lucky in Sydney that you don’t have to travel too far before finding yourself immersed in National Park and paddling under the sunshine in beautiful, peaceful waters.

Highlights:

– Stunning paddling territory and a super high tide making all sorts of estuaries accessible to us in kayaks

– a broken bridge allowing us to paddle into an estuary not previously accessible at any water level

– taking my own Boreal Design Baffin kayak on its first camping trip – this is what it is made for after all

– fish that fling themselves a mile out of the water into the air in front of your boat… I’m easily amused.

– sunshine and blue skies

– paddling past Berowra Waters for the first time. Berowra Waters is a beautiful area on the river, lined by houses which are only accessible by water. Needless to say, I’m dreaming of a future holiday home.

Lowlights:

– Not taking a fishing rod (not that I would have any idea how to catch a fish… but that would be the next lowlight)

– A day paddling in a short sleeved rashie  leading to the worst tan lines known to mankind. Even Factor 30 can’t stop me tanning…. And this is why I always paddle in long sleeves – not angry, just disappointed. Refer to photo evidence

– bitey things

– cicadas. Thousands of them. Making the most deafening cicada noise you’ve ever heard. According to the Sydney Morning Herald, This summer’s bumper crop is so overwhelming some National Parks rangers have taken to wearing earplugs... and I am not surprised!

– that’s it. After all, you can’t have too many lowlights when you’re off paddling around stunning scenery and sleeping under the stars.

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