StoriesAlong the north Pacific coast, the early sea kayak biz, and other miscellany.
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Map of my PNW kayak travels
|In Just Thirty Years (not ready for viewing yet)|
Some observations about the changes I've seen along the wild BC Coast since I started paddling there in 1974. How doing things that seemed innocuous back then have become inappropriate today. The Great Bear Rain Coast and the First Nations jurisdictions.
|West Chichagof Island|
1973 - My very first overnight sea kayak trip in a flimsy boat - 28 days of Alaskan wilderness, open ocean, and slim rescue prospects. Foolish by today's safety standards.
|Moresby Island before Gwaii Haanas|
1974 - My second sea kayak trip. The southern Queen Charlottes (now called Haida Gwaii). Abandoned Haida villages, "sea hippies", and loggers.
|South Central BC Coast (not ready for viewing yet)|
Adventures between Johnstone Strait and Bella Bella 1976 to present. Kayak Bill and Haddiington John.
|Seymour Inlet Portage|
1985 - Seeking a route from one inlet to another where there wasn't one. One of those things I felt compelled to do, and would never repeat. How to drag a sea kayak up a cliff.
|North BC Coast (not ready for viewing yet)|
Exploring the coast between Bella Bella and Prince Rupert via the western route. The Dead Ed Scenario.
|Fast Saltwater (not ready for viewing yet)|
Paddling through BC's most notorious tide races, and some little known ones. Dent Rapids' hundred-foot whirlpools, camping on Nakwakto's Tremble Island at 16 knots.
|Vancouver Island (not ready for viewing yet)|
Around the island in two years. Chased around Cape Scott by sea lions, escorted around Cape Cook by orcas, serenaded by wolves.
Many are now automated and de-staffed, but some in BC still have light keepers. A few stories about encounters with them and keepers' life on "The Lights". Pine Island - mowing the lawn, swimming in the cistern, and a dusk rain of auklets.
|The Kayak Biz|
Learning to design and build kayaks, Eddyline, living the author's life, and anonymity.
Illicit but harmless in the 70s and 80s, the time for doing this has now past, but here's what I did. Using materials off the beach to create little huts in the woods.
Burnett Bay goes public: hundreds shelter there, building a community in a logbook. Building the hidden Deserters cabin.