Tiny trial - attempting the Atlantic

by Marie Schellens I did this with my ONAK canoe

My first trial with a shaky folded Onak! A friendly girl passing by pushed smoothly into the ocean, without really waiting for an answer. She must have thought i was very comfortable, doing this every week. Unnoticed and swiftly, the wind took me westwards. When turning around, i noticed I didn't fix my seat properly and that it would take me much more effort heading back upwind.  I like the ambiguous feelings in my chest: the freedom of the wind splashing up droplets from soft waves vs. the distant security of a retreating shoarline. Unbelievably, just a 5 minute walk brings me from atlantic adventure to my warm and safe home.