Alan, Pam, Imogen and George came paddling with me this afternoon, a sunny and calm afternoon. Alan and Pam have been canoeing with me before, having a house near Poolewe means they’re in the area a lot. Alan and George decided to use the sea kayaks and Pam and Imogen opted for the more stable sit on top kayaks.
John has recently bought himself a kayak and wanted to get out in it to learn some skills. We’d had some pretty wild and windy weather lately but this morning was the start of a nice calm period. After trying out some stokes we practiced them by exploring the exciting coastline around Mellon Charles.
Sofie, Bart, Andrew and Tom’as met me for an afternoon paddling from Badachro. It was a unusually warm and calm, a welcome change! They opted for canoes to explore the craggy coastline and search for seals. We spotted a range of wildlife above and below the surface, from tiny starfish to huge seals lounging out on the rocks.
David had a slightly damp start to the morning but it didn’t keep the wildlife away. We had a very inquisitive seal who swam all around us, under us and next to us. It’s always a great sight to see a seal swimming right underneath your kayak. As we paddled gently around the shoreline we came across an otter swimming along and then pottering around on the shore.
Kathryn, David, Pete and Helen spent the morning paddling around the coastline on calm, clear water from Gairloch harbour. A nice range of wildlife came to see us, including this big barrel jellyfish.