He left again.
He has to. It's his job. My husband the photojournalist. He's off to Northern California, The Lost Coast. The plan is to kayak the entire length while towing surfboards. The reason? to see if they can. Oh, and to get photos and make a story.
I wasn't invited this time...darn. I guess I'll just have to be satisfied with the pics. I can't imagine anything worse really. Here is what is said about the area:
"The rugged and remote Lost Coast offers the largest span of pristine beach and shoreline on the US West Coast, most of it preserved in the King Range Conservation Area and Sinkyone Wilderness State Park. The landscape there is so rugged that highway builders gave up. Of the four roads that reach this wild coast, two are one-lane dirt and all are twisting and steep. There is only one organized community the 100-mile stretch of wilderness, Shelter Cove. "
This isn't the bad part. The bad part is the fact that it's northern california, which isn't bad either, it's incredibly beautiful...BUT the water is cold. and rough. and there are currents.and wind. and rocks. and sharks.
So picture this: you are out in the ocean, paddling your boat and its choppy windy cold yuck. You would like to get out of this situation except when you look at the shore all you see are rocks. Big giant rock mountains that come right down to the water. Big vertical cliffs of ominous rock.
So you have no choice. You have to keep paddling. And paddling. and paddling. Until you can find a spot that will allow you to beach. But it must be a big enough spot for 4 men and their boats plus surfboards.
Once you are on the beach you are still not out of the dark. Because this is an extremely remote area, legend has it that there is certain "illegal" activity going on. Remember "The Beach", with Leonardo DiCaprio? Grumpyscragglydropoutsfromcivilization with rifles, protecting their crops of pakalolo. Sends shivers through my spine.
I remember reading about this in the news when d.h. first told me about his plan for this trip. 2 backpackers sleeping on a deserted beach were shot in coldblood, still in their sleeping bags. There are more stories. I would rather not know really.
And that's where he is. right now. i should be so used to this. all the adventures. and really i am. it's great 99% of the time.
But it's like i tell my kids when they started driving, it's not you i don't trust, it's the other people i worry about.
Please keep away from the pirates honey.