September 26, 2006 - Welcome back!
Hope you have enjoyed all the sun-filled days of July and August. As usual, our September meeting will be a chance to tell stories of the summer, to brag a little, show any super pictures. In addition, if you have acquired or made a really handy tool for kayaking that you would like to share, bring it along and show us how to make and use it, or where to buy it. Judy�s show and tell will be her cheater strap that she keeps rolled up in a pocket of her PFD. If you capsize, unroll it, place it around the cockpit, step in, and those of us with no upper body strength can climb in as easily as those who do fifty push ups every morning.
October 31, 2006 - Lake Powell: Awesome canyons, mysterious ruins
Magnificent canyon walls, striking rock arches and mysterious Anasazi ruins will come to life in a program of photographs and stories by a group of Seattle-area kayakers who paddled the Colorado River�s Lake Powell with the support of a "mothership."
SSKC members Kathy Pendras, Joanne Kennedy and Larry Kennedy were among those who explored the Escalante section and other regions of the lake by kayak and afoot as they paddled the deep, meandering canyons and hiked the trails ascending them.
November 28, 2006 - Kayaking Glacier Bay, Alaska
Cancelled due to weather.
December 26, 2006 - No Meeting
January 30, 2007 - Kayaking Glacier Bay, Alaska
Kayaking among glaciers, whales, bald eagles and spectacular mountains -- join SSKC member Ann Kruse as she presents slides of the trip she and her husband, Curt Mobley, did in Glacier Bay, Alaska. This destination is a long-time favorite for kayakers.
As both a National Park and a UN World Heritage Site, Glacier Bay is a remote wilderness area, but is easily accessible to kayakers. It's also a living demonstration of the impact of global warming on glaciers, and of how a bare landscape is repopulated by plants and animals as the glaciers retreat.
Learn the logistics of how to do this trip on your own. And enjoy some great photography!
(Rescheduled from November)
February 27, 2007 - Kayaking the Whole Wild West Side of Vancouver Island
Scott Hagerty last visited us in April, when he shared tales of kayaking in the wilds of Costa Rica. This time the adventure is closer to home.
Scott Hagerty kayaked the very wild west side of Vancouver Island from top to bottom last summer -- and lived to tell us about it! He joined a few extreme-kayaker buddies to paddle from Port Hardy, up and over Cape Scott at the north end, around the dangerous Brooks Peninsula, and all the way down to Victoria.
This is wear-your-helmet kayaking, involving surf landings and launchings, gale force winds, sea caves, big swells, reefs, and fog. But they also found mile-long deserted beaches, waterfalls and hot springs, and Indian villages, burial sites and totem poles. They encountered bears, whales, sea lions -- and few people.
Come share some of Scott's thrills on the big screen!
March 27, 2007 - Avoiding "Deep Trouble" in Sea Kayaking
George Gronseth literally wrote the book on sea kayak safety -- "Sea Kayaker Deep Trouble" (co-authored with Matt Broze). George will discuss the scenarios that lead not only beginners or daredevils into trouble, but also kayakers of all levels of paddling experience. "Wind happens, skill matters, and . . . experience IS necessary!"
George continues to analyze sea kayak accidents as the safety columnist for Sea Kayaker magazine. Through his well-known local Kayak Academy (www.kayakacademy.com), George has taught kayaking skills to countless students for over 15 years. His teaching ranges from basic strokes to exposed coast paddling. He's also an expert in Greenland Eskimo paddle technique.
Come to listen, learn and ask questions. As George's stories will emphasize: "The wind and sea make no allowances for unskilled newcomers or old fools."
April 24, 2007 - Paddling the North Cascades' Ross Lake
Stunning mountain scenery, dramatic waterfalls and the rather odd behavior of geargrabbing deer greeted six local kayakers when they paddled for most of a week on Ross Lake in Washington�s North Cascades last summer.
At the April SSKC meeting you�ll see and hear of their adventures in a setting that�s a world away from everyday life yet not all that far from Seattle and its suburbs.
The rugged, snow-capped peaks that surround Ross Lake, and the waterfalls that plunge to its surface, provided memorable highlights for the paddlers, who were led by SSKC member Martin Malkin. Equally memorable were the camp-robbing deer that seemed irresistibly drawn to certain equipment, such as mesh gear bags and a foam camp chair.
Even getting to Ross Lake -- via a paddle across neighboring Diablo Lake followed by a truck ride, with kayaks aboard, up a winding mountain dirt road -- provided memorable moments.
May 29, 2007 - Johnstone Strait
When SSKC members Bill Blair and Marlla Mhoon headed north to paddle in Johnstone Strait last summer, they hoped to see whales but had no idea just how close a look they�d get. They�ll recount their thrillingly close encounter with a mamma orca and two calves when they present a digital slide show on their Johnstone Strait adventure at the May SSKC meeting.
Also, they had no trouble finding available campsites on their six-day trip, despite Johnstone Strait�s famous (or infamous) popularity with kayak-touring companies,whale-watching tours and cruise ships.
They�ll share what they learned, including such nitty-gritty info as where to camp, where to find out about local currents and tides and how to get there.
June 26, 2007 - OUR ANNUAL PICNIC
Event of the season is on Tuesday, June 26. We gather between 5:00 and 6:00 P.M. and the pizza arrives at 6:30 P.M. (Hint: don�t be too late or it will be all gone). Come to Magnuson Park on Lake Washington and look for shelter #1. Some of us will be coming early to hold the table.
Jul-Aug, 2010 - Gone Paddling!!!! See you in September.