Communication Going Forward

We’ve reached Sointula and are getting ourselves back on track after figuratively losing ourselves in the wild upper reaches of Vancouver Island for a week. Lost track of days and camps are blurring together in our minds. Port Hardy seems like an apparation that will never draw nearer, but we are finally narrowing the gap.

We’re moving slower than we had hoped. My shoulder, the weather, our own issues all have contributed. We’ve both realized that we may have bitten off a bit more than we can chew on this trip and are just doing the best we can. Paddling towards Alaska, day by day.

We are about to launch into the really wild part. From here to Prince Rupert we’ll be paddling through some remote stretches with little or no communication with the outside world. We’ll continue hitting the “OK” button on our SPOT unit, so you will be able to see our location using the “Track Our Location” link on the left.

Other than SPOT updates, we won’t be doing much blog posting from here on out. We’ve uploaded a bunch of photos from the last section of the trip. We haven’t the time to write day by day recaps, so we’ll look forward to sharing a cup of tea with you all down the road and retelling our stories in person.

We have been learning a lot about our capabilities and limitations. I don’t know if we’ll paddle our last strokes to Glacier Bay in August or if it will be all we can do to fight the wind and tides to Bella Bella. In many ways we are letting go of old expectations and accepting where we are and where we can go from here. Lots of time for introspection and discussion these last few weeks.

Thank you all for the love and support you have shown. From casual advice along the day’s paddle to grilled salmon offered at a campsite to opening up your homes to us, the people we have met along the way have helped to make this trip possible. To all our friends and family reading from home, thank you for the comments, emails, and kind thoughts! We both wish we could share more with you all every day, so please accept our apologies.

I am looking forward to the next section being a grand adventure, the “real” wilderness experience we have both set out for. I feel like we are more prepared physically, mentally, in terms of equipment, and as expedition partners to handle what lies ahead. We are doing well and are eager to catch up when we can, a few weeks hence in Bella Bella.

5 comments

1 Kate Densmore { 06.19.09 at 6:09 pm }

I’ve been so impressed, and in awe, of what you and Apryle have accomplished so far! Brian, Lhotse, and I miss you terribly, but we think about you every day and send lots of good thoughts and positive vibes your way! Be safe!

2 Nonu { 06.20.09 at 6:22 pm }

Hey guys, I noticed a little bit of dissapointment in this email.
Now you are getting to the part of the journey that requires moral and physical strength. There may be bickering and non-agreements between you, but realize this it goes with the turf. You have pushed yourselves to this level. This is one of the hurdles that you have to overcome to be successful in your quest. I have faith in you guys and know you two will come thru with flying colors. Love you And bless you. Nonu, Phil

3 Will { 06.23.09 at 8:18 pm }

Glad to see your marker today (06/23). Nice to know you’re back on track. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Happy paddling. All the best!

4 Calista and Dean Scott { 07.23.09 at 7:09 pm }

Hello. Dean and I are members of the Hole in the Wall Kayak Club in Anacortes WA. Our members paddled with you at the beginning of your trip. Dean and I are living in Ketchikan this summer. We see you are getting close to Ketchikan. Do you have media and welcomers set up for you in Ketchikan? I have talked with one business owner who would like to know of your arrival here and plan for a greeting. Dean and I may be able to paddle with you. There are kayakers who might be interested as well. Can you let us know your plans for Ketchikan. Thanks, Calista Scott

5 Yiyi { 08.28.09 at 6:32 am }

I hear you are on your way home! The adventure is over!!! And what an adventure it was paddling clear thru to Alaska! Congratulations on a job well done. Can’t wait to hear (or read) about it!! Welcome home!!!

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