Wooden Boats Can Do It Too!
March 16, 2006
Me in my wooden stich-and-glue Pygmy Osprey Standard, Deception Pass
How timely! A friend sent me a link today [original link no longer exists] to a great article on kayaking Deception Pass in The Seattle Times, featuring Shawna Franklin and Leon Sommé from Body Boat and Blade. Kayakers come from all over the country and the world just to paddle in Deception Pass during maximum ebb! For the ancient Salish Indians Deception Pass was good fishing ground and a sacred place.They called it "The Big Raging Water".The best warriors could swim across the Pass at max current. Many died trying -- they'd get swept into the Straight of Juan de Fuca and drown exhausted before canoes could rescue them... Just kidding! I made all that up for the benefit of the nonlocals. It's probably more sacred for the regional paddling clubs than it has ever been for anyone else -- easy access from Seattle, and a great place to practice rough water skills.