Wednesday, April 14, 2010

One and the same

A galaxy worth of sand?

What kind of people are kayakers? I think its more than just being adventurers.

I think we're all naturalists. We might not all have the same natural interests such as wildlife or geology but we're interested in one or both. Even if I can't tell the difference between an eagle or a hawk, I stop to observe when I see a bird flying.

We're environmentalists, at least we care about the environment. We may leave footprints and keel trails on sandy beaches but that's about as intrusive we get.

I think we're spiritual. I may not be part of an organized religion but I am spiritual. My house of worship is the seascape. I observe and marvel and wonder about my place in all of this.

We are stardust. We are made up of elements forged in stars that have gone supernova and spread their remains all over the cosmos. There are billions of stars in our Milky Way galaxy and there are 100's of billions of galaxies. There are as many stars as there are grains of sand on all the beaches on the Earth.

We are not terrestrials, we know we're part of something bigger. And, somewhere out in the expanse of space, in our Universe, on another earth, someone named Tony is out for a paddle. Surely it must be.


  1. I was on the phone with my sister a while ago, and at the close of our conversation she said "I am going to go to church" to which I replied "me too!" - I was going paddling.


  2. A lot of us think the same way!

    Tony :-)

  3. Here, here. Really nice post. You've put into words what I feel most of the time about kayaking. Thanks.

  4. I never really had any heart-felt belief in god, religion, or anything until me, my kayak, and the holy ghost became one down the Youghiogheny!

    Great post, Tony!

  5. Beautiful Post, well written and like many of the replies echo, "We think the same way". It not about knowing the Latin for every species of bird & plant, its about understanding and respecting beauty! @paddlingOTAKU sums it up perfectly!

    Would be great to see you all out on the Helford River in Cornwall, you would feel very much the same! see what we do, where we do it and how we do it: