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I proposed while sea kayaking
Good things come to those who wait…
Many of you will know that I have been adventuring for over ten years with my best friend Olivia (Libby) Chivers of www.BoardGamesSurfing.com fame.
From the moment we met we have been on a constant search for the next fun challenge… These adventures have seen us travel far and wide in search of the next river to paddle, Surf to surf, rock to climb or just being plain silly on a beach some where… Pembrokeshire is our home and playground, Skomer island is just one of our many favourite places to go kayaking while on a day off from work.
“Skomer Island is an amazing place to kayak around”
Not such a normal day sea kayaking on the Pembrokeshire coast…
This adventure had an unexpected proposal amongst the Puffins, Seals, Razorbills and sea views on Skomer Island.
I made this little film below to celebrate our day and to share our happiness with the world… It’s full of fun and silliness annnd a little bit of love. Hope you enjoy…
I’m very happy to announce that we are now engaged and this is how it happened…
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Skomer Marine Nature Reserve.
Skomer is well known for its wildlife: a third of the world population of Manx Shearwaters nest on the island, the Atlantic Puffin colony is the largest in southern Britain.
“Skomer is a magical place to visit, a haven for wildlife it is most well known for its puffins, yet there is so much more to the bird paradise.”
WHAT A DAY!!!!
A 5am start gave us stunning light and playful seals..
Our day out started with breakfast from tupperware tubs and ended with seals hugging our kayaks.
We left Martins Haven as the sun was rising with glassy calm, swimming pool like water and open sea ahead of ourselves.
Not surprisingly we were in high spirits and were very excited to see what Skomer had to offer on such a stunning May day…..
Crossing the infamous “Jack Sound” was timed perfectly with no evidence of it’s dangerous history….
Jack Sound is a treacherous body of water about 800 metres (2,600 ft) wide between the island of Skomer and the Pembrokeshire mainland that contains numerous reefs and a tidal race of up to 6 knots.
It is used by boats to avoid a three-mile detour around the island, and has its share of sunken shipwrecks.
The island and the sound are both part of the Skomer Marine Nature Reserve.
“Kayaking around the back of the island gave us a rare opportunity to view Razorbills, Guillemots and of course the Puffins…..”
The seals appeared and just look how playfull they were.
Following us and playing with our kayaks….
We discovered this female seal following us and she just kept getting braver…
Swimming alongside us so close that we had to be careful not to hit her with our paddles. At one point Libby said to me “my boat feels heavy” I looked under her boat to see that this seal was hugging the hull of her kayak and by the look of things thoroughly enjoying the ride. We stopped at this point and the seal then tried to get up onto my kayak I stayed calm as she was clearly just having fun with this big red toy.
I’ll be honest when she started nibbling my elbow I did get a tad nervous and at that point decided to move away……
“We paddle around Skomer at least once a year to enjoy the wildlife but it was a surprise to both of us to have such a close encounter with the uber friendly Atlantic Grey Seals…..”
Kayak-King never approach wildlife we let it come to us. For advice on Wildlife spotting without causing disturbances: