There were few people out on the lake or at their homes. Originally I decided to stay by the shore since I was alone. After a half hour of paddling, I decided to venture out to one of the small islands in the middle of the Lake. I sailed out to the wavy waters and windy air at the center of the lake. Just before I reached the island, I turned to look behind me, and to my surprise the kayak and I tipped over. I landed in the cold, choppy waters. Foolishly, I did not have my life preserver on, and when I got my bearings, I noticed the life preserver floating away in one direction and the paddle floating in another. Immediately I swam towards the life preserver and luckily, I was able to grab it. Next I grabbed the paddle, and then in the water I put the life preserver on as I held onto the paddle.
Next, I located the kayak and tried to turn it, but I couldn't do it. After that I hung on to the kayak and paddle and I tried to kick it in to shore, but the water's current kept carrying the kayak and me back toward the lake's center. I watched for passersby and yelled to a distant boat to no avail. Then I decided to hang on to the kayak's rope and paddle, and tried to pull the kayak to shore by swimming. I made some progress, but not too much. I was scared, but I knew that it would do no good to panic so I had to think some more.
Just then a seagull flew overhead and landed at a rock that reached above the water not too too far away. The seagull looked at me. It was as if it was telling me that the rock offered me safety. I took its lead, and pulled the upside down kayak to the big rock. At the rock, I was able to pull myself up while hanging on to the kayak rope. Once on the rock, I pulled the kayak up to the rock's edge and tipped it right side up. Next, I climbed into the kayak with relief. I was back on my way again. I took a deep breath and headed toward the shore. I didn't venture beyond the shoreline after that, and I made my way back to our cabin.
A kayak can capsize easily, and without wearing your life preserver, you put yourself at great risk. Also, traveling alone can be risky. Luckily I made it and learned a valuable lesson, one that I want to pass on so others don't face a similar risk. Lesson learned: wear a life preserver, when possibly kayak with others, and look to nature to signal safety.