Taking My Midlife Crisis To The High Seas

The one and only time I came near death I was in a kayak. In 1998, the flooded Danube shoved my boat under a pontoon dock. I slipped out of the kayak and couldn’t come up for air. My whole life flashed before my eyes as my head kept hitting the bottom of the pontoon above me.

Eighteen years, a wife and three kids  later I felt it was time to get out on the water again. I wasn’t lacking thrills or wanting to get away from my family. I was craving the peaceful solitude of the water and the physical challenge that comes with long distance kayaking. At 46 I started worrying about the future of my muscles, joints and bones. I already feel every muscle in my body after 90 minutes  of surfing.  These days, any mildly strenuous activity comes with two Advils. The other day I hurt my shoulder just by disconnecting a USB cable.

Recently, I also started reminiscing about the free spirited adventures of my younger and less vulnerable years.  I fondly look back to the days when I would just grab my bike and a friend and wouldn’t come home for a week.

I knew it was time to do something physically demanding, something difficult and something that slightly defies the odds. It was time to grab a self powered vehicle and not come home for a week… or two.


3 thoughts on “Taking My Midlife Crisis To The High Seas

  1. Andrew,
    This is great. I completely understand the desire. For me a week hiking and photographing solo does the trick. What camera are you bringing to photograph the journey? Be safe and enjoy!!


    • I think it’s only a waterproof Gopro. I have no room for gear. I need to carry 3-6 liters of water and 2 days worth of food, a tent, sleeping bag, first aid gear, solar panel for charging radio, etc. It adds up and I’m only taking the bare essentials.


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