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Sunday, February 28, 2010
Houston, we have Liftoff!
At 10.30 I departed from KEP and had a fabulous send off by Northanger crew and staff from KEP. They all gathered watching me pack, curious as to how I was going to fit ALL THAT STUFF in my kayak. But I did and fully loaded and heavy it truely is. Mexican waves and cheers and whistles could be heard as I paddled away from shore, heading North out of East Cumberland Bay.
Calm seas, 1-2 metre glassy swell, little wind, Fur seals following, Albatross circled above my head and the sounds of South Georgia kept me company all day. By 3pm, I landed on the shores of Leith Harbour and have set up camp 500+ metres away from the abandoned whaling station in a lovely bay.
-For 10 years I have been dreaming of this moment, for 3 solid years planning and preparing for it. I am here, kayaking, camping alone in south Georgia and it is absolutely fabulous. I feel at home out here, watching carefully the sea, the weather, the terrain, wildlife, constantly examining my location, understanding it and watching carefully for sudden changes. I have obstacles, challenges and glorious moments ahead. Thank you for helping make it happen. You know who you are! It is far from a solo journey, for there has been assistance, help, advice, support, others peoples hard work and interest that has got me here, and you are with me, and I am grateful.
Here's to you, South Georgia and this journey is for the Albatross.