September 25, 2007 - Share Those Paddling Stories
Get a bunch of kayakers together and one thing is certain: You�ll hear stories. The harrowing tale of a rough crossing, the thrill of an orca sighting, the discovery of a perfect campsite just in time to beat nightfall - such accounts color any gathering of paddlers.
As a kayaker, you probably have your own stash of stories, and the perfect place to tell them is at the September meeting of the Seattle Sea Kayak Club Sept. 25.
October 30, 2007 - Seattle to Glacier Bay: A Paddler's Solo Adventure
No one knows for sure, but it�s a safe bet that kayaker Bill Bailey is the only human ever treed by a cantankerous sea lion. The incident was one of many notable episodes in a memorable adventure: Bailey�s solo paddle from Seattle to Alaska�s Glacier Bay in 2005.
He�ll share his riveting stories when he presents a digital slide show of his nearly four month, 1,400-mile trip at the October meeting of the Seattle Sea Kayak Club.
November 27, 2007 - Sea Kayaking in the San Juan Islands
Curtis Mobley's summer 2007 circumnavigation of Orcas Island will be the setting for a discussion of sea kayaking in the San Juan Islands. His photos will be a reintroduction to the beauty and fun of the San Juans in summertime. Plus, he'll give tips and advice for paddlers who are contemplating multiday trips in the San Juans. This will be especially useful to paddlers with some experience who want to do longer trips but aren't quite sure how to plan them or what to expect.
December 25, 2007 - No Meeting
January 29, 2008 - Sea Kayaking the Tebenkof Bay Wilderness in Southeast Alaska
Randy Brook leads a small but intrepid band of paddlers into a little-known but delightful Southeast Alaska bay filled with whales, sea otters, eagles and other birds, and no other people. Watch how experienced paddlers have learned to live the easy life, where the biggest challenge is having the fresh baked scones still hot when the wild smoked salmon omelet is ready.
February 26, 2008 - International Paddling Right Next Door
For a kayak trip that�s international yet close to home, British Columbia�s Gulf Islands offer a lovely and easy-to-reach destination, as seven Seattle-area paddlers found last summer.
One of them, Carole Trout, will present a digital slide show of a paddling trip in these beautiful islands just north of the Canadian border, at the February SSKC meeting.
March 25, 2008 - George Gronseth: Judgment Calls
One of the essentials of safe sea kayaking is good sense. But how do you acquire it?
One way is by listening to George Gronseth, who will speak at the March 25th meeting of the Seattle Sea Kayak Club. Among the most-respected kayaking instructors in our region, Gronseth owns the locally based Kayak Academy and has taught legions of Northwesterners how to enjoy the thrill and beauty of this sport while remaining safe.
Gronseth, who has shared his kayaking expertise with SSKC before, turns his attention this time to judgment calls made in situations demanding a full quota of good sense.
April 29, 2008 - Leave No Trace and Washington Water Trails Campsites
Leave No Trace principles are important to sea kayakers, and especially to the Washington Water Trails Association.
Marlla Mhoon, an SSKC member who has paddled and kayak-camped extensively both locally and abroad, is an educator as well as a certified Leave No Trace trainer. She'll tell us how to be careful with our food and other more delicate matters. You might even learn the secret of the dreaded Tupperware! Marlla promises to bring a table full of props.
"Step one of Leave No Trace is plan ahead and be prepared," says Marlla.
Reed Waite, Washington Water Trails Association's Executive Director, will also be on hand to tell us more about that group, and the fantastic system of Cascadia Marine Trail campsites throughout the Puget Sound region.
May 27, 2008 - Beachwalk Project --Kayaking America's Coasts
Two guys decide to set off with sea kayaks, sand-wheels and chest harnesses to travel the East Coast of the U.S. by human power. They meet the public, and get on TV -- all to promote Waterkeeper Alliance. Over five months in summer 2007, they completed 1,600 miles by paddle and foot, from Florida to New York.
That was only the beginning of their grand plan. As of press time, they should have completed a similar journey around all the shores of Guam.
The guys are Bob Weinman of Hood River, Oregon, and Stein Kretsinger from the East Coast. They are world-class athletes: past adventures have included things like a successful, unsupported ski descent of Denali. Bob's wife Evelyn, who served as ground support, will also join us to help tell the tale.
Visit their website,www.beachwalkproject.com, to see video clips and the latest press coverage. Join us on May 27 to hear their in-person stories, about kayaking by kite, getting "power-washed" in the surf, and more.
Their motto: "6000 miles, 5 major coastlines. All for clean water."
June 24, 2008 - OUR ANNUAL PICNIC
Event of the season is on Tuesday, June 24. 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.