Back to the blogs means it’s adventure time again! This is Lucy here, Sarah’s fiancée. What a magical few months; how lucky I feel to have had Sarah back for 7 of these and how quickly time passes, like a blink of an eye. We’ve moved into our first house together, had our first Christmas together and have planted our first tree. I feel like the luckiest person in the world.
This finds me now quietly writing in beautiful Adak, looking out over the breathtaking mountains that surround this tiny city. I still find it strange that 100 people can be a city! The island is stunning and it feels very special to be here, to see where Sarah landed, and to meet some of the kindest people I’ve ever met who have helped Sarah and been so kind to us on her return. We’ve joined up the dots down to Camel Cove on a spectacular ‘walk’ – the most challenging ‘walk’ I’ve done in a while! While camping at our spot overlooking the cove, we were rewarded with a magical view of caribou from afar, beasts who had survived the hunting season. We were blessed with perfect weather with some token rain at the top of one of the passes to remind us just how dynamic the elements are out here.
Sarah and Justine are currently sorting and shifting and ‘umming’ and ‘arring’ about what breakfasts to take and how to fit the necessities in, such as a bottle of sloe gin, poem book and Sarah’s second love – her machete. I am always amused by the extravagance of Sarah’s packing imagination and Justine’s kind but firm practical words about the lack of space in an ocean kayak, followed by a disappointed flicker on Sarah’s face quickly changing to her mischievous grin of, ‘I’ll show you what I can get in that thing’ and a final knowing look from Justine of, ‘Just you wait’. Having seen later them do a practice run of packing the kayaks I am happy to report that the machete survived kit selection and there is even enough space for some treats.
Having spent the last 2 weeks getting to know Justine better I am reassured this kayaking duo will make a great team. For one thing, the Oxford/Cambridge banter will never run dry; their competiveness about, well, everything will keep them going and their toilet humour is very much alive. All in all, this will make for an entertaining adventure to say the least.
It is exciting to think about the beautiful wildlife and the people they will encounter along the way and knowing the inspiration that they will give back to the very islands and people who invented the kayak all those years ago. A very special journey.
For now, it’s back to packing my bag to return to the UK and spending every last minute with Sarah. Two things I have learnt :
Firstly, it will be one hell of an adventure for everyone – from those two in the kayaks to all of us following at home and everyone in between;
Secondly, goodbyes seem to get harder but the thoughts of reuniting one day get stronger.
Here’s to the adventure,
( Have just returned to the UK since writing the blog, and the goodbye was as hard if not harder than predicated!)