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Here are some quotes that speak to kayaking and the experiences to be had…

Although kayaking tends to draw a younger demographic, it is still a lifelong sport that anyone can get into. It's a sport anyone can enjoy, because it's not about strength, it's about technique. -- Katherine Carr

A smooth sea never made a skilled mariner.  English Proverb

The edge of the sea is a strange and beautiful place.  All through the long history of Earth it has been an area of unrest where waves have broken heavily against the land, where the tides have pressed forward over the continents, receded, and then returned.  For no two successive days is the shore line precisely the same. Not only do the tides advance and retreat in their eternal rhythms, but the level of the sea itself is never at rest. It rises or falls as the glaciers melt or grow, as the floor of the deep ocean basins shifts under its increasing load of sediments, or as the Earth’s crust along the continental margins warps up or down in adjustment to strain and tension.  Today a little more land may belong to the sea, tomorrow a little less. Always the edge of the sea remains an elusive and indefinable boundary.  Rachel Carson, The Edge of the Sea

The rivers flow not past, but through us, thrilling, tingling, vibrating every fiber and cell of the substance of our bodies, making them glide and sing. -- John Muir

Rivers know this: there is no hurry. We shall get there some day. -- Winnie the Pooh

To communicate wonder, we must have a spirit of wonder.  A leader who’s filled with wonder, joy and love for the natural world draws these good feelings out of others.—Joseph Cornell, Sharing the Joy of Nature


 You know you are a kayaker when you can't go over a bridge without looking for water under it.
 

On day an Eskimo sitting in his kayak got chilly; but when he lit a fire in the craft, it sank,
proving that you can't have your kayak... and heat it too.

Told by John Kelley on many kayaking trips

 

A man of wisdom delights in water.-- Confucius

Our true work is this voyage, this adventure. --from Illusions by Richard Bach

The marsh, to him who enters it in a receptive mood, holds, besides mosquitoes and stagnation, melody, the mystery of unknown waters, and the sweetness of Nature undisturbed by man. -- Charles William Beebe (1906)

You must live in the present, launch yourself on every wave, find your element in each moment. -- Henry David Thoreau

Believe me, my young friend, there is nothing- absolutely nothing- half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats. -- Kenneth Grahame (From The Wind in the Willows )

“Sea kayaking is about journeying. Sea kayaking is about exploring. Sea kayaking is about sharing experiences and memories with others. There is more to sea kayaking than just paddling.”
Pete Dingle

When we go down to the low-tide line, we enter a world that is as old as the Earth itself- the primeval meeting place of the elements of the Earth and water, a place of compromise and conflict and eternal change.- Rachel Carson

Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and cheer and give strength to body and soul alike.—John Muir