First and Foremost – To all those involved with this situation, thank-you for all your help – A Special Thank-you
I knew something was wrong when
I had stopped sweating…
What’s A little Dehydration and Heat Exhaustion to add to the adventure?
Since 7:00am, I was enjoying the moments and the excitement of exploring somewhere new. A few of the things I had seen throughout the day were the magnificent dolphins and jellyfish swimming by, the white sandy beaches, as well as seeing the very fast & loud fighter jets flying in formation.
With a smile on my face, I wasn’t really paying attention to the long hours spent paddling in 92-94 degree fahrenheit with a humidity you could bottle, while under a relentless sun. It was a learning experience that knocked me down, but not out. No matter how much water and gatorade I consumed, it still kicked my butt.
It was roughly 5:00pm when I had observed and approached another kayaker, who assisted with getting me medical attention from the Naval Air Station Base in Pensacola FL.
After my little hospital stay, I ended up at a hotel with no phone and only the clothes I was wearing, my water shoes, wallet & passport. So there I was … in a dive of a hotel with the only one itty-bitty hotel bar of soap that would have to wash me and the clothes I had on.
I was able to connect with a few amazing people, fellow kayakers (Noemi Mendez, Daniel Miller, Laura Bartlett, Darwin Frison) in the area, who had assisted me greatly, and it was very much appreciated.
After a short stay in Pensacola, I flew back to Canada to recover from a couple issues it had caused, however, there is no way I wanted to end this adventure. I’m living life and enjoying the moments. No worries, it’s all good!
***Note – I’ve already returned back to the water and continued where I had left off!