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Leon's comments on Haida Gwaii
Sunday, August 05, 2007


LEON BRINGING ME MY MORNING MINT TEA!

WE SPENT AN HOUR WITH 6 HUMPBACKS ON OUR SECOND TO LAST DAY

I learn so much on these trips, both about myself, the world we live in and other cultures. On this trip particularly, I learned a lot about a culture that is still very much alive today, and connects us to the past of this region. The Haida people are doing a great job of educating people about the rich culture of their past and how they are bringing it forward into the future.

I really enjoyed our team, it was strong, competent, and considerate. Life on the water and at camp was fun! Justine always made us laugh, and she always pulled out treats to keep our spirits high. In camp, we had lot’s of time to explore and relax, do Yoga, and Shawna had time to paint in her journal.

SHWANA & LEON IN THE HOT SPRINGS


1,000 METRE PEAKS ON THE WEST COAST

These were the highlights of the trip for me:
As we were waiting for humpback whales to pass on a swelly day on the west coast – 5 curious sea lions stopped to play amoungst our boats for 20 minutes. Seeing puffins around Cape St. James, paddling into the house size swell as we rounded Cape Knox looking into the “green rooms” of some very large boomers. Seeing the haida kids after their SOLO rediscovery program, dinner with Susan and her clan at Rose harbor – what a fantastic place!, recovering from illness at Puffin Cove…

I’ve been dreaming of paddling around Haida Gwaii since I lived in Minnesota. Back then, I stored my kayak diagonal across the living room floor, and I drank many cups of coffee sitting in that kayak dreaming of trips. I picked up Joel Rodger’s book “The Hidden Coast” and read about Haida Gwaii, and was immediately drawn to this place.

Thanks to Justine and all of our sponsors for making this trip happen!

I read 2 books on this trip that I highly recommend – The Golden Spruce by John Valliant, and Raven’s Cry by Christie Harris.

SHAWNA TAKES SOME AIR ON THE WEST COAST

2 Comments:

Blogger Wendy Killoran said...

A special place indeed. How wonderful that you had such incredible encounters with the people and the animals that call this place their home. Sounds like an unforgettable journey. Way to go!

2:50 pm  
Blogger muzamil said...

What a nice place for enjoyment. I love to see you there..............
Knox Leon

11:33 am  

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