THEY DID IT!!!!!!!
So for those who have been following my older post or have read about my kayak on the Shannon will know about our fundraising for Parkinsons Didease Research. Well its been one!! The trek up Kilimanjaro that is.
So far we've only heard brief details of the horrific-ness that was Kate and Ciaran's ascent up Mount Kilimanjaro but it's safe to say that reaching the summit was a feat that they can be proud of forever more!!!! Kate's description of the realities of this epic adventure are equal parts hilarious and absolute misery!! They were pushed to their absolute limits and I for one can't wait to hear all the gory details when they arrive back on Irish soil on Sunday!
For now, their chilling by the pool with some well deserved beers and grub, Tanzania style!
Well done guys!!!!!! An amazing achievement in aid of Parkinson's Research
Sometimes there is no reason needed, you just want to go for a kayak. This was one of those times.
The majority of the time I go kayaking at the beach I am met by my friend Frank. Frank is a seal by the way. It's usually when I’m surfing waves that I see him so I never really get to close. So today myself and Ruth wanted to check out the sandbank bout 50m off the beach where Frank and his family lives.
We set off from the wildfowl reserve or the slobs as it's commonly known. This gave us a much smoother kayak out compared to the beach as the sandbanks protected us from the worst of the waves. This meant we were able to kayak the 5km in under the hour.
The sandbanks are only accessible by boat due to the strong currents. This makes them the perfect hang out spot for the local seals as they are never disturbed.
I wasn't able to get to close to the seals as they scared easily and I didn't want to disturb them. Hence the very far away shot of them on the left above.
As the sandbanks are constantly changing there are the most random underwater sandbanks everywhere. Case in point being the photo above. This was taken around 1km in all directions from the nearest land in the middle of what we thought was very deep sea.
I would really recommend the sandbanks for any kayaker from the novice to the experienced as a great way to put down a half day.
Make sure to say hi to Frank if you do go.
ar an rothar
endurance cyclist, adventurer and usually hungry