Some of my reasons for having a backpack, the adventure of the last 60 years has been just this adventure. I enjoy the uncertainty of what is next and what is next. I also enjoy the feeling of self-sufficiency. The feeling that I am completely dependent on myself.
In a world where our society wants to protect us from everything and provide a plan for every unforeseen event in our lives, it makes good sense to know that all you have is yourself.
And of course I love solo backpacks. I do not carry any devices such as cell phones, iPads, GPS, etc. I like to be alone with “it” and I’m alone. See, plan and overcome the next challenge along the way. I met the Kindle this year, and this time it has lightened my backpack a bit. Instead of carrying a book, I now carry my Kindle for night reading or if I decide to stop during the day.
Most of my backpacks are done in late fall to early spring … My kayak camping continues from spring to fall. It is very easy to find deserted beaches and sand dunes in my coastal area.
So what does all this have to do with a kayak backpack? My kayak adds a wonderful new dimension to your backpack or camping. And if your health does not allow you to take long walks, sailing is another way you can get out on your own. I plan my kayak trips just like my hiking trips. Weather, resources and flight schedule.
Most sea kayaks have considerable compartment space for a two-night voyage. Tents and sleeping bags fit comfortably and I still have plenty of space for fresh water. Fresh water is always a problem when you have to carry it on your back all day. And freshwater can be scarce along coastal waterways.
Three days in one day is enough for me to kayak. I find my destination, pack up and leave. I go to my destination by boat when I get bored or tired. Eat my lunch on the beach or in the sandbar and continue until evening. I like to be in the camp and have a lot of time to set up camp.
So, when I get to my camp. I secure my kayak, set up tent and get ready for dinner and a good night’s rest. Most beaches have driftwood, which causes a quick and ready fire. If you are out in the summer, remember the insect spray. Another reason I prefer late fall and early spring is to have no problems and the boats have not gone into the water yet.