Almost back to Tacoma now after spending the past couple days doing prep work for the Hyas yiem journey. The most critical connections got made and I’m feeling good about those. Thanks to Casey Price at the NOAA Mukilteo Research Station; Terry Merritt, of Island Transport Ferry Service in Anacortes; and Debbie Skinner of Oak Harbor: I’ll be storing the kayak at their places as I work my way north. These are important and valued connections, as being able to leave the boat in place rather than spending a lot of time with it on the trailer, will probably do more to prolong the life of the kayak than anything else I can do.
I also got to see the facility at the Padilla Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve where I’ll be doing a presentation on May 10th. Very nice spot, looking out over Padilla Bay to the west, hiking trails and a great natural history resource. Looking forward to that one!
All this, plus a great meeting this morning with the Suquammish school staff on Earth Day events, presentations and more (more to come on all this later), and this has been a good and productive trip. They should all be like this.