A few days back, Carlien and I got up early to bus over to Abel Tasman National Park near Nelson. The night was windy and the morning sky was filled with clouds. Not the best conditions for sea kayaking we thought. The sea shuttle that took us out to the starting point at Bark Bay was a roller coaster ride in itself. Fortunately, our guide gave us some motion sickness tablets to ease our equilibriums.
This was the best idea we had all day because our group of nine kayakers was reduced to three after the rough seas and misty weather sent some of the others running back to dry land. It was my first time with a sea kayak of this sort. We wore "skirts" to keep the water out and I had foot pedals that controlled a rudder in the rear of the kayak for steering. We paddled out to a seal colony for a bit and had an enormous lunch (well, I had a big lunch as I helped myself to the extra food we had on hand after the others left early) on the beach. It was a nice work out, the weather turned out alright, and despite not being able to do the full course because of the sickies, the 5km we did paddle left me ready for a good night's sleep.
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