Shibumi trek -2
Write up and Photos : by Poornima Travelling Sukumar
Volunteer at buDa folklore
| Our journey for the beach trek began. We reached an estuary.|
Where the river meets the ocean. “A river seems a magic thing. A magic, moving, living part of the very earth itself, and when it meets the ocean...it is breathtaking."
Just seeing an estuary, and the lives of fishermen on the banks of the river, and the beach side is a great learning experience.
“The most important reason for going from one place to another is to see what's in between, and they took great pleasure in doing just that"
Our trek started from the the river Aghanashini where it merges into the mighty Arabian sea .
Most of us, I suppose, are a little nervous of the sea. No matter what its smiles may be, we doubt its friendship. ~H.M. Tomlinson
...Passing through rocky paths can be quite forgotten once you see that the rest of the path is grass. It was such an experience to be at the edge of the hills where the waves were roaring and we could see the endless horizon!
Of course! what is a beach trek without getting into the water! “A fragrant breeze wandered up from the quiet sea, trailed along the beach, and drifted back to the sea again, wondering where to go next. On a mad impulse it went up to the beach again. It drifted back to sea.”
we were headed to Half moon beach.
We hitch hiked boats from Half moon beach, to reach our final destination Kudle Beach. The water was so welcoming and the sands were cold...
There is nothing more soothing than watching the ocean touch the sky, and the grandest of them all... a sunset.
“I spent uncounted hours sitting at the bow looking at the water and the sky, studying each wave, different from the last, seeing how it caught the light, the air, the wind; watching patterns, the sweep of it all, and letting it take me."
Reminiscing about the all the simplicity. the basics of being human.
The shack we lived in had a beautiful wall painting, which narrated the mythological story about how Gokarna became an important place.
Last but not the least... the beach trek, was more of an experiential learning. We spoke about how it is essential to walk through these places, and feel the sea, and a sense of belonging in the hands of nature. How small we are in front of mother nature.
“It is good to have an end to journey toward, but it is the journey that matters in the end.” ― Ursula K. Le Guin