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.