Sometimes sea kayaking is not about playing in ocean rock gardens, surfing awesome tidal races, or mastering esoteric traditional rolls. Sometimes you just go on a trip and you paddle all day long and nothing really happens. That's OK! When I bought my first kayak, I just enjoyed long trips alone on a calm sunny day. There is a sense of space you get from being under the wide open sky and on the water a mile from land that you don't experience living indoors. When the sky and sea are the same gray color there is also a bit of sensory deprivation. There is definitely something meditative about both the environment and the rhythm of paddling that allows you to turn inward.
Some people have asked me how I can not get bored while paddling, if I don't listen to music or something. I don't listen to music on long trips and I think it's sad that people really ask that question. It's like they can't imagine not being constantly stimulated and entertained by music, the internet, TV or whatever. They are afraid to be left alone with their own thoughts.
My original idea was to make a time lapse video showcasing the beauty of the San Juan Islands. It's not easy both paddling and making time lapse videos, because time lapse videos take a lot of time to make! It can also be a challenge keeping your photo gear clean and dry while touring. So I did what I could and came up with this. It turned out to be kinda New Agey, especially when I added music, so I decided to just go with it.