I’m heading out the door in a few minutes for Camp Seymour and the annual trip leader training that I run every June for the new counselors. It’s a 3-day South Sound kayak trip, a familiarization for the new hires with their operating environment and an all-around great time. Good people, beautiful paddling environment and it looks like the weather is going to cooperate this year too.
I’m still putting together the long story of the Puget Trail, as well as doing a regular column for Canoe & Kayak magazine online (The Eco Paddler – should start this week). The project at the Foss Waterway Seaport is done – but the art will be up through October 31st – but there are two or three new project collaborations in various stages of submission. More on those soon. The film, “Message in a Plastic Bottle,” will be premiering on the Canoe and Kayak web site pretty soon, for free and for a limited run… more on that when it happens too. A written summary is going to be included in the August issue of the magazine, going to press today and on news stands soon. Also, there’s a good “Where are They Now?” piece in this month’s Adventure Kayak magazine that talks about where the Ikkatsu Project started, three long years ago.
I’ll get the chance to collect some more mussel samples for the UPS microplastics study on this 3-day class as well. Multi-tasking.
If I have any spare time on the paddle, I’m planning to use it to use it to iron out the details for the Puyallup River trip this August… this story is turning from a simple route exploration of a river to one that asks questions about what happens when the river runs dry. OK, that hyperbole, but not by as much as you might think. With snow pack at 5% of normal and the glaciers retreating faster than the French at Dien Bien Phu, it doesn’t take a meteorologist or a fortune-teller to connect the dots. This river trip is shaping up as an exploration of what it might be like when the well runs dry. I’m excited and appalled at the same time.
That’s all for now… gotta go.