In our blitz tour of Australia we could spend only one day in Goolwa and Coorong National Park. We were going back and forth between choosing a boat trip or kayaking. We were a bit unsure about our physical abilities of kayaking for six hours and then, you know, this eternal question of bathrooms for folks like us in our late 60s. Funny, weather conditions didn't bother us since we were making reservations from Colorado and had a perfect image of Australia being always hot and sunny.
Adelaide met us with invigorating 61 F (=16 C) and rain, Kangaroo Island was even colder.
The closer we were getting to Goolwa, the more doubtful we were about the kayaking perspective.
And then finally on Nov 30 we met our guide Tom, and all our fears melted away. Tom was patient, kind and absolutely unpretentious, the whole world gets brighter around Tom.
The sun came out, the wind calmed down, Tom guided our group of three through the Coorong waters with the confidence of Moses leading his people. Not a single second we felt unsafe, uncomfortable or unloved. In six hours we gained a week's worth of Coorong knowledge. We also got a very new important skill - harvesting Goolwa pipis (small clams) by dancing in the ocean.
Thank you Tom!