Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Paddle to the Moon

Waiting for the moon to rise.

Photos just don't do it justice....

Near sunset on the eve of my sixtieth birthday, Sarah, Joe, Dawn, and I paddled north along the western shore of Tomales Bay. From our boats we watched the full moon appear on the eastern horizon and sail silently into the night sky.

The thinnest whisper of wind sighed across almost calm waters and enhanced our feelings of serenity. The moon lit up the sky so brightly that, try as best we could, we were unable to see any bioluminescence in the water.

We paddled about two hours from Chicken Ranch Beach almost to Hearts' Desire Beach and back. Most pleasant!


Delwyn said...

The perfect way to spend your birthday...Happy Days to you Dan

Ruth said...

It sounds perfect, even if not bioluminescent. I kayaked two hours on our lake a few years ago, before dawn, the moon still up, then watched the sun rise through blinding fog, geese honking all around me. So the other end of the day from yours, but it's magical then too.

Happy 60th Birthday, Dan! This is the kind of celebration I like, too.

steven said...

so happy birthday brother dan! my wishes for you are the same wishes i wish for you every day. to continue to recognize the joyous blessings that have come to you in the form of you and to share that joy with all who know you. have a sweet day! steven

Teresa Evangeline said...

What a nice experience - to watch the full moon rise over the bay.... The perfect birthday gift.

Dan Gurney said...

Delwyn, thanks! It was a wonderful kick off to what is a wonderful day. I feel very fortunate to be surrounded by so much love.

Ruth, paddling with friends at night is wonderfully special. There is a quiet that surrounds us and the company adds so much to the experience, not to mention making it a whole lot safer than paddling solo.

steven, thank you brother steven. knowing you through the bloggosphere has been among the best thing to have come my way through online networking. sharing and spreading joy is, well, what I wish to do here and everywhere.

Teresa Evangeline, yes, seeing the moon rise over calm waters and sharing the experience with fellow travelers on this earth is sublime.

Reya Mellicker said...

Happy birthday!