Reading all these adventure travels that the 20-somethings and 30-somethings are enjoying, I thought I would take a moment to share a 50s- and 60s-something adventure. Yeah, a bit more sedate that bunging jumping, perhaps…..
In our family we celebrate Golden Birthdays in a special way. So the year he turned 13, as his birthday is October 13 Sam got to pick the destination for the family trip that next summer. As we planned the trip to Nova Scotia, I came across a bed and breakfast on the Atlantic coast that offered sea kayaking trips.
Graham was skeptical. Like me, he had canoed as a Scout, but admittedly, that was more than a few years before. So one realistic concern was about our physical reaction to the new kind of exercise. I always pack advil. The other concern was about the temperature of the water, and when I talked to Scott at Coastal Adventures I was told that the Gulf Stream current actually keeps the water temperature fairly pleasant. (Compared to the Bay of Fundy rafting trip we took, I can attest to that!) So, Graham swallowed his concerns, we shared a tandem kayak and managed not to strain any muscles, and we all had a great time with a good story to tell.
We enjoyed it so much, the next summer when we visited the Eastern Shore of the Delmarva Peninsular (DELaware-MAryland-VirginiA) I was excited to find another bed and breakfast that offered sea kayaking tours of Chesapeake Bay. It was a calm water trip so we each managed our own kayak.