A word from founder Bruce Smith

“Welcome to Seascape Kayak Tours. This company began as an outgrowth of my passion for paddling, outdoor education and sharing special marine environments with others. I love introducing people to wild places and helping them feel comfortable and reach their potential on the water. Whether you choose to join us for a sunset paddle, a day trip or an extended expedition, you will travel with just a few others, in a safe, sensitive and environmentally sound manner.”


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The rains are comingApril 4th, 2009

During the last few days, there has been an electricity in the air. A feeling of anticipation, excitement, expectation. 

Perhaps it coincides with the energy of spring finally manifesting itself in North America, bringing our friends and family there a sense of awakening and renewal.

Scarlet MacawENDANGERED SCARLET MACAWS HAVE BEEN REINTRODUCED INTO THE WILD IN SEVERAL PLACES NEAR TAMBOR, INCLUDING CURU WILDLIFE REFUGE WHERE WE RUN MANY TRIPS.

On tierra firma here in Central America, this energy is easily observed in the increased activity of all things wild. Trogons seem to be calling frequently and with a heightened intensity. Chattering Scarlet Macaws seem to be ever present and in large numbers. Ctenosaurs (black) and Green Iguanas are on the move. Monkeys are even more active and vocal than usual.

On the water recently, we spotted a pod of Spinner Dolphins who put on a spectacular show. Large groups of pelicans sometimes dive for fish so close to our kayaks that its impossible to tell where our boats end and the birds begin.

Pelican kayakFISHING PELICANS SURROUND JUAN CARLOS IN HIS KAYAK AT SUNSET IN BAHIA BALLENA IN FRONT OF THE HOTEL TAMBOR TROPICAL.

Perhaps this frenzied animal activity is in relation to the ever increasing temperature, climbing during the warmest part of the day now to 37 C (close to 100 F) which is a clear signal that the rains – which usually begin sometime in April and dominate the climate through late October – are coming. Other signs are slightly more cloudy days and humidity continuously on the rise. 

Environmental changes are a constant reminder that everything is connected in life. Seasons affect us just as they do the animals. We can learn so much from our natural surroundings if we are only open to the lessons. 

Black CtenosaurLIZARDS AND IGUANAS OF ALL KINDS SEEM TO BECOME MUCH MORE ACTIVE IN ANTICIPATION OF THE COMING RAINS.

Even after the first signs of the rainy season appear, sometimes the rains themselves take weeks, even months to arrive. Last year, there were many days when all the ingredients for rain were there, but the outpouring waited and waited, even until the middle of May.

We know that, like spring, the rains are coming. We’ll let you know when they do. Meanwhile, here’s to the water of life.

Pura vida,

Bruce

 

 


Touch the earth and the seaMarch 27th, 2009

As mentioned in the previous entry, the yoga and kayaking expedition was a life changing experience.

The combination of yoga and paddling in a beautiful warm, natural environment allowed participants to focus on the important things in life… fellowship, personal health, spirituality and taking care of mother earth.

Yoga trip paddle

These experiences are essential ingredients for personal growth. It is important that we reflect on the lessons learned and incorporate these into our everyday lives….

Yoga dancers

Remember the glow of the candle, the brilliant stars, the sound of the surf, the dolphins, the pelicans and most importantly the overwhelming sense of peace.

Touch the earth and the sea.

Bruce

Water babies

Click on "Check out our videos" at the top of any page to see three special paddling moments captured by El Espiritu del Mar participant Gregory Kofsky. Thank you, Greg, for sharing.


Blissful end to yoga tripMarch 21st, 2009

Last night as I drove to Curú to meet Bruce and paddle into base camp at Playa Quesera, bringing the group some Dorado (Mahi Mahi) for their farewell dinner, a grey fox crossed my path, and I was suddenly overwhelmed with its grace and beauty. It seemed to be a herald of peace, and I knew the final night of El Espiritu del Mar was going to be a special time.

Lauri SandyLAURI NEMETZ AND SANDY TAYLOR PADDLE A DOUBLE KAYAK THROUGH AN ARCH NEAR THE TORTUGA ISLANDS. 

The group had a wonderful five-day trip and everyone was doing their sunset yoga practice in a state of blissful sadness when I disembarked. They were all elated by how much they had learned and accomplished, both in terms of paddling and yoga. But all seemed sad that the trip had reached its conclusion, and I felt privileged to be included in the sharing around the campfire. 

 

Shoulder stretchTHE GROUP PRACTICES YOGA ON ISLAS DE TORTUGAS UNDER THE DIRECTION OF LAURI NEMETZ

 

Greg Kofsky, 23, told us that he had found a greater sense of awareness of himself through the combination of yoga and paddling. Sandy Taylor, 53, expressed her awe at the power she had felt earlier through being a part of the swell, which continues to rise and fall, during a paddle around the Tortuga Islands. This helped her to come to a better understanding of life’s ups and downs. Wendy Crowley, 54, remarked at how the trip brought home to her “you get what you give.” I could tell every member of the group, including its leaders, had reaped the benefits of both yoga and kayaking because they were willing to try what was, for Seascape, an unprecedented but perfect combination of two very natural, even spiritual activities. Both Bruce and Lauri came away feeling that they both gave a lot of themselves to this experimental first yoga and kayaking trip, but were rewarded by receiving new energy in return. 

 

Capuchin estuaryA WHITE-FACED CAPUCHIN MONKEY WATCHES THE KAYAK GROUP PADDLING IN SILENCE THROUGH A MANGROVE FOREST ESTUARY.

 

This morning, Bruce asked the group to make its last voyage together in silence, taking time to reflect on the entire five-day journey. Launching back out into the charmed teal-colored waters around Playa Quesera, we all paddled back across the open ocean to Curú and up into a magical estuary that, at high tide, is filled with water birds and the occasional mammal. Several monkeys traveling through the mangrove swamp eyed the group curiously as we passed in silence. Finally, we landed on Curú Beach and had a traditional Costa Rican lunch together in the reserve. Tears were shed when Wendy and Greg had to depart for San José and Bruce and I headed back with Lauri and Sandy to Tambor Tropical, our home.

 

Pura vida,

 

Frances