Paddling with Grey whales
Occupation: High School Science Teacher, wife and mother of two teenage boys.
Years paddling competitively: 27 years
Years on the water: 35 +
Born and raised fishing, digging clams, crabbing, and scuba diving rowing, canoeing and kayaking on the Puget Sound and other waters.
How is a trip like this possible?
The keystone piece to making a trip like this possible is having a partner who is willing to hold down the household, take care of our 2 teenage boys, and put up with me, his crazy wife who is planning on taking off for a 71/2-week journey. It would not be possible without his amazing support, or perhaps I should stay tolerance of my desire to live life. Next summer my boys will be just old enough at 15 and 16 that they can take care of themselves and maintain the household for a few weeks. While, I and my kayak partners in this adventure, Traci Cole and Justine Barton, will still be young enough to enjoy a trip of this length. Life is just too short not to reach out and grab onto some of your dreams if you can.
Lucky for me, I have a job with summers off and a couple of best friends, who are also fabulous water women to share this adventure with. Three Type A women do not take on
a trip like this without some preparation and planning so as the summer of 2012 and our epic journey approaches we will set up child care plans, carpools, prepare our maps, make plans, set up our kayaks and gear, practice our navigation and rescue skills and prepare for our departure next summer.