If you ever want someone to stop taking pictures of wildlife, you'll have to invent critter proof lenses. (or wait for your fellow humans to wipe out wildlife..) Let's face it, if you've got a camera in your hands and you're anywhere where there's animal activity, you have to get out the camera. You have no option. You're hooked for the day!! Sounds bad I know, but really, there are worse drugs out there!
I think you get a strange, skewed view of kayakers and kayaking if you've done it for years. Of course, social media doesn't help either. If you believe Facebook, every kayaker in the world is either making a video, writing a book, jet-setting across Europe or working for a kayak company. Oh, and of course there are those who simply enjoy paddleboarding in a bikini sans life jacket...
I think J.C. Chandler, and Robert Redford for that matter, know a lot about sailing. So much so, that they blatantly showed anyone who knew what was going on, that their man, was, well, inept and ill prepared. Yeah, "Our Man" slogged through and faced the challenge, but really, it was only fate that kept him alive. He was simply a weekend warrior who for whatever reason got himself into a situation he had no business being in. And that IS a great story!
Now, she said they were a Valentine's Day gift. Of course, I think she was really just tired of watching me break snowshoes. Or hearing me whinge on about it when I was limping around behind her like zombie extra from the Walking Dead.. But I mean, Really!?!??! I've broken 3 pairs this season!!