|Breakers and swift current at the breachway|
The current was flying through the channel, which would have been challenge enough. But it was the southerly winds kicking up the breaking waves over the sandbars at the entrance that would have been the deal breaker. I could not have safely paddled into the pond. Good decision.
Hiking the four miles down to the breachway and back was also great for my legs, which don't get enough exercise when I'm kayaking.
The rest of the day I've spent with a virtual visit to the garbage dump in Guatemala City as I prepare for my multiple presentations in NYC. The contrast between the clear crisp air as I walked along the private beach, and recalling the choking dust, methane and rotting garbage of the dump was stark. This expedition is an emotional roller coaster, as I go between the beauty and wealth of the seacoast I am kayaking along, to sharing the stories of the abject poverty of the families of the dump. It is hard to continually focus my awareness on the reality of both worlds, and experience the resulting cognitive dissonance. The first comment made by most people is "Unbelievable", and it is had to believe, even for me.
Watching the first few minutes of this clip of a GuatemalanTV story about Safe Passage helps me to maintain that dual focus:
It's good to be staying with Drew, another member of the Safe Passage Board of Directors tonight, since he understands both realities.
|Deb and Linda after dinner|
|Deb, Westerly Rotary Club Banner and President Doug Rayner|
Walk Day: 27.5 Date: August 30, 2014
Start: Westerly End: Westerly
Distance: 4.05 miles Total distance: 297.36 miles
Max speed: walking pace Moving ave.: walking pace
Kayak storage: Doug Rayner Host: Drew and Linda Casertino