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Seil Island to Easedale by Terry Smith

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Seil Island to Easedale by Terry Smith

Seil is one of the Slate Islands, located on the east side of the Firth of Lorn, 7 miles southwest of Oban, in Scotland. Seil has been linked to the mainland by bridge since the late 18th century. The origins of the island’s name are unclear and probably pre-Gaelic.

It was a beautiful morning as we set out on our kayaks. The sun was just peeking over the horizon, and a slight breeze was blowing from the west. We were all excited to finally be embarking on our adventure. As we paddled out into the open sea, we could feel the wind picking up slightly, but we were prepared for anything. Our team consisted of many experienced kayakers who had all been on numerous trips before, and we knew we could count on each other for support.

The first leg of our journey was relatively easy, with some wind resistance. We paddled in unison, enjoying the scenery and the feel of the water beneath us. However, as we approached the midway point of our journey, the wind began to pick up, and the waves grew larger. We knew we had to be careful, but we were confident in our skills and our ability to navigate the rough waters. We communicated with each other, making sure we stayed together and kept a safe distance from the shore.

As we approached Easedale, we could see the shore growing closer, and we knew we had accomplished our goal. We had made it through the wind and the waves, and we had done it together as a team. We pulled our kayaks up onto the beach, exhausted but exhilarated. We had experienced the thrill of adventure and the beauty of nature.

Looking back on our journey from Seil Island to Easedale, I realise that it was not just about the destination but also about the journey itself. We had faced challenges along the way, but we had overcome them together. I know at least I had pushed myself beyond my comfort zones and discovered that I was capable of more than I  had ever imagined. We had experienced the joy of being in nature, surrounded by the beauty of the sea and the sky. I would do it all again in a heartbeat, knowing that with my supportive kayak team by my side, anything is possible.

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