I'm often asked, "So what do you think about for 6-7 hours while you're paddling? Do you not get bored?"
While there are moments of boredom, and yes there is time for reflection, these are in fact quite short and rare and tend to slot in between the mind-fully-focused-on-something periods that tend to fill the day. Take today for instance. Total eight and a half hours on the water. During that time, my main focus (and fear) was running out of water. Call me stupid. I like to travel light; i never take enough fluids. Less than 60 minutes into my paddle i knew this was going to be a bit of an issue. Add to that the sun was strong and the tide was against me. Two more things to occupy my mind! Then of course there's things like how uncomfortable the seat is (btw, why is it so difficult to design a kayak seat that is "soft & comfy"?); the blisters on my hands (and the Bandaids that keep falling off because of the salt water splashes); the aching muscle in my right thigh that logically shouldn't be hurting cause it's not really being used ... but it does; the Banana Boat sunscreen that claims to be "SPF 50+" but doesn't seem to be doing much ... will i get burnt again?; what if a high-speed ferry comes straight at me? What's the plan? (loose plan is to flip my kayak upside down and dive as deep as possible ... hopefully the propeller will miss my head as it whirls past).
Yeah, so these are just some of the things that occupy my mind as i paddle hour after hour on my own. Of course a more "seasoned" and experienced paddler would no doubt fall into a harmonious state of grace and oneness with the water ...... i'm just not there yet. Still learning.