Back home in Ireland after 3 fantastic weeks at the Soca river in Slovenia. If you haven’t had a chance to visit the area, I suggest that you make time to do so. Wow. What a stunning place and a great place to kayak, bike, climb, hike, canyon, ponder and relax. It’s a place so stunningly beautiful that I was trying to take mental snapshots in my mind as I was paddling along so that I wouldn’t forget it when I came home.

The Soca river provided an ideal training ground for each of the three groups and the standard of kayaking improved hugely during each of the courses. The river also provided the perfect location for campfires, gorge jumping and fun times.

Well done to all 3 of the groups for their determination, perseverance and great attitude throughout. I hope that you all enjoyed it as much as we did. Also huge thanks to Benny Frenchy Cullen from the Irish Canoe Union. An all round great guy, wonderful kayaker and tomato expert!! Our safety kayakers Mary Ann, Billiam, Dave and Eoghan provided great cover on the water as well as great entertainment off it! Thanks guys. I will post some pics of the trip on the Facebook Page. Huge thanks to Maura Lyons from week one for this lovely message on our facebook page;

A few words to describe an incredible week with in Slovenia.

“I prefer the saddle to the streetcar and star-sprinkled sky to a roof, the obscure and difficult trail, leading into the unknown, to any paved highway, and the deep peace of the wild to the discontent bread by cities. . . it is enough that i am surrounded by beauty.”

― Everett Ruess

Thanks to Jenny and Benny for the epic journey and all the wild panda/monkey laughs

It can be a little difficult sometimes to adjust to “normal” life upon returning from a trip. One moment you are taking in the sheer majesty of the Julien alps, meeting new people at every turn and spending a Tuesday evening sitting around a campfire by the river and the next you are sitting in an office doing admin. Grrrrr!! I struggle with this adjustment every time I come home from a kayaking trip. However, life is what you make of it regardless of your location. We all have responsibilities and chores to attend to but that doesn’t mean that we can’t enjoy each day. There is no reason why I should meet more new people in a few weeks abroad than I should in a few months at home. It’s about your state of mind. So if anyone fancies a campfire and sing song next Tuesday evening in say Laragh, I’ll see you there. 🙂