Reg Lake in his Redfish King, with The Lady Washington, aka The Interceptor from The Pirates of the Caribbean fame, in Commencement Bay
While trying to think of a good name for my Shooting Star I came across a pirate ship name generator. It spits out names like The Cursed Jewel, Posideon's Whore, and The Dirty Dagger of the Seven Seas. Nice, but they don't really fit the Pacific Northwest Coast theme of my kayak.
My friend Jen at the Seattle waterfront in a cute little Impex Mystic.
They installed Websense yesterday at the network at work. It filters out everything, so now I'm severly limited to what I can access over the internet. I guess they think people will be more efficient if they aren't on the computers all the time reading email or looking for good deals on airline tickets. It prevents "time theft". It's typical of UHS, which strives to be the WalMart of health care. I can't access any web-based email, read the Qajaq USA or Guillemot Kayak Forums, organize our Netflix queue, look for a job, or even read Derrick's blog! I am still able to pirate tons of music though. I have LIMEWIRE installed on my laptop, which accesses the network though the unauthorized wireless access port that one of my colleagues installed (the IT people tried to shut it down, but they couldn't find it). So today I just started downloading all these Rage Against the Machine tracks because I could. Later this afternoon I did some searching on Google and found a common hack for Websense: CGIproxy sites which allow you to bypass the filter. Ha! Information wants to be free! Everytime they devise a new way to beat us down, someone will find a way to balance the equation.
A friend told me a story about how she was paddling in Gig Harbor and all of a sudden a harbor seal jumped out of the water onto her
back deck. One day when I was paddling around Hope Island in the Olympia area a seal started to follow me. Every once in a while I would hear it swim really fast and jump out of the water, and then I knew that it was trying to hitch a ride on my kayak.
One trick to keep them in view is to paddle backwards. They will still follow you and you can get pictures of them up close.
Aleut Style: Marc Daniels (far left) of True North Boats and his two baidarkas, at Tribal Journeys 2005, Port Angeles, WA. Funny thing, Marc was also living in a treehouse making baidarkas in California just like George Dyson (no kidding this time!)
I want to make a traditional bentwood hat. But maybe out of carbon fiber?
My favorite grocery store in the San Juans, King's Market, Friday Harbor. It's a great place to pick up a picnic lunch for your day trip or load up on supplies for an overnighter.
When I forgot my tent poles at home on one trip I bought a brand new tent upstairs at King's Marine for $29! (OK, I really only got a couple days use out of it before the poles rusted together, but it's still cheaper than staying at a B&B.)