The Experience of Nature #New Zealand
So, I just got back from a two day kayaking trip through Abel Tasman National park and I just have to write about it. The experience was amazing. I went out for two days with Abel Tasman Kayak and I was totally reintroduced to the peace of nature. I’m feeling a bit off the world at the moment. The last two days have been intense in a new and different way. For two days I was totally off the world. No celphone, no way to reach me. No watch, so I didn’t know the time most of the day. And camping on the beach for the night. Just living on the water with nature as your clock. It was such a great experience.
The first day out there was pretty rough. Big wind blowing in and high waves. Heavy for a bunch of inexperienced kayakers. I got soaking wet and it was hard sometimes (we had a wave breaking on top of us once, that was a very wet experience). But the surroundings were beautiful. A rocky coastline with a big, green (rain)forest on top that seemed to keep on going for as far as I could see. We were with 11 people in total, two guides included. One of the guides is Maori and he told us a lot of stories about this place, that gives the whole feeling an extra dimension.
That evening we made camp on a beach. My tent was literally up on the beach and I could look at the waves from my sleeping bag. In the evening there was nobody there except from us. I walked on the beach listening to the birds and the waves. After dinner we had another story from our guide and then there was not much to do. It was getting dark so we just went to bed. I fell asleep to the sounds of the waves and woke up a couple of times that night because of the noise.
LThe moment I woke up the next morning was so peaceful. The sea had calmed down and there we no noises besides the calm slapping of water on the sand. It was really calm out there, like a lake and a total opposite of the day before. We paddled out and a seal spotted us, he came of his rock and swam under the kayaks, starting to show off right in front of us. It was like watching Natural Geographic in ultra HD. He put on a show, just for us there. Right after that we came into this really remote bay and it was so peaceful. There was absolutely no sound at all apart from the one bird singing his beautiful song up in the tree. There was just nothing else and nobody else out there. The silence there made me feel calmer than I have felt in a very long time.
In those two days out there on the water, I forgot about the rest of the world. I forgot everything that had been on my mind before and I was just There. On the water with my small boat, really, really close to nature. The stillness of time and just living there in the moment. Eating when you are hungry, sleeping when you are tired, not bothering about all the minor things like “I should talk to that person” or “I have to do this today, because…”. It was just being. Existing in the beautiful wonders that nature has to offer.
I’m going to try and hold on to this feeling. Go back to this moment when I’m feeling stressed and have the idea that my head is spinning. And if I seem to forget, I will have to find it again.