“If there is a magic on this planet, it is contained in water.” 

Anthropologist Loren Eisley 

Late winter, I spent time in or on the salty sea. Early February I was 55 miles off the coast of Belize on Half-moon Caye, located on Lighthouse Reef Atoll.  Half Moon Caye National Monument together with the Belize Great Blue Hole is a UNESCO world heritage site, making Lighthouse reef a heaven for those looking for unmatched snorkeling or diving experience. The atoll boasts various species of fish, sharks, which swim along the atoll reef, three species of nesting turtles. At times migrating whales can be spotted near to dive site close to the island. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Xitaq21quc&t=214s

I was there April 2019 as a guest and returned this year for nine days as volunteer crew, leading yoga on the beach before breakfast and helping with the dining hall and other light duties. I’ll go back next year if they will have me, if for nothing else than to lay on my back in my tent, soles of feet facing the ocean, absorbing ocean waves through my body.

Mid-March I was kayaking in the Sea of Cortez, Mexico, from Loreto to La Paz; part of an organized paddling and camping tour, nine days and nights, about 100 nautical miles. This paddling classic is remote and dramatic; Baja’s Giganta mountain range is mysterious and ominous with its jagged spine, and the cardon cacti are majestic elders of fortitude and perseverance. /https://seakayakbajamexico.com/

We were a group of 11; 9 guests and 2 guides, including a kayak buddy from Washington State. It was a complete coincidence (and delight) that we were on the same tour. Susan is also a bad-ass cribbage player that really kept me on my toes. I knew one of the guides, Izaura, from a less rigorous tour a year earlier with the same company. I was over the moon to get to be with her again.

The magic of water, particularly the ocean, was one of reason I moved to Bellingham, WA in 2016; and a big element I miss now living in Santa Fe. Belize and Baja have stirred my sea memory with its soothing, soul-seeking-sanity, salty sea salve. I want to learn more about humans and the Earth being 70 percent water. Something I can’t pass off as just a coincidence.

Rock-a-bye kayak on the blue sea. 

Ocean and sky merge and meld. 

When the wind blows be following seas. 

Sun and moon mark day and night.

Rock-a-bye kayak on the blue sea. 

Jorge and Izuara guide our way. 

Stroke after stroke time falls away.

Stress and worries soon too leave.

Rock-a-bye kayak on the blue sea. 

One with my kayak sleek and smooth.

Low to the water salt on my lips.

Heart opens wide to this blessed day.

Rock-a-bye kayak on the blue sea. 

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