'Wild' camping. The sea covers where we slept on the sand the night before once high tide had returned. The swell and the wind in the morning meant we had to retreat even further into our little alcove on the beach for coffee and breakfast, waiting for the tide to retreat and calmer seas just to be able to launch the kayaks and paddle home.
This year's Pine River kayak was one for the books. Mother Nature kindly reminded us of her strength and force while at the same time keeping us safe. We were reminded of our own strength as women, as friends, both mentally and physically. Our wits kept us logical, our hearts kept us resilent, our friendship kept us sane and our cocktails kept the laughs pouring in, like the rain. Thank you ladies. Bald Eagle for life.
Cole Kolasa is a young man who believes in turning passion into action.
The 19-year-old college student has spent part of his summer break kayaking the Gulf Coast, from Pensacola to the Florida Keys, as a fundraiser for the creation of an artificial reef near his Hernando County hometown. Read more about Cole online at coastalbreezenews.com. (📷: John McConnell).