Highs, Lows, and Hopes
August 20, 2010
by Lauren Sinnott
Since we have gotten off the water, I have been trying to figure out how exactly to describe our epic adventure. And looking back through my journal I am reminded of our long days, full of adventures and misadventures. Each night we shared the high point of our day, low point, and a hope that tomorrow would bring. I attempted to keep track of these throughout the trip. Below are some of my favorites, with a few of my own added footnotes.
Tara- Low: Being tired at the second channel crossing. High: pushing on kayaking at the end of the day when we were all tired and thus making it to this great spot. Hope: no rough water tomorrow.
Fiona- Low: getting to the lighthouse and seeing white caps and no cabin. High: playing with Punk and seeing Jellyfish in the Louise narrows. Hope: we can catch the ebb in the morning.
Lauren- Low: getting stuck in dry suit and losing my sun glasses. High: having fun by the starfish. Hope: not spending as much time packing up the boats in the morning
Tara- Low: having to get off the water when it got rougher. High: finally being able to relax at camp. Hope: that tomorrow is a less stressful day.
Fiona- Low: seeing Lauren’s face as her boat was about to crush and capsize under the rocks. High: being here at this campsite and the calm water that the evening brought. Hope: To have a relaxing morning
Lauren- Low: having to get off the water because the swell was too big this morning. High: The evening paddle and being at our amazing campsite and watching the full moon rise over a campfire. Hope: tomorrow being like this evening.
Tara- Low: Burnt quinoa stew for dinner. High: every interaction with Steve, especially when we asked him if there was anything we could do to help him, and he said just be nice to a stranger someday. Hope: fog is nowhere tomorrow.
Fiona- Low: fog all morning. High: same as Tara. Hope: Haida ancestors help us along on our journey to Tanu.
Lauren- Low: having to put on dry suit when I didn’t think we were going to paddle. High: hot buttered rum by the fire. Hope: calm water
Tara- Low: Having to talk to Curious George High: Octopus for dinner. Hope: to find fresh water.
Fiona- Low: Having to wake up at 3am and being so tired before bed High: S’mores by the campfire Hope: We run into the sail boat that was passing out fresh bread and brownies to kayakers.
Lauren- Low: Not wanting to get out of my sleeping bag this morning. High: Golie’s stories and learning Haida with her Hope: that bad weather comes so we are stuck at Hot Spring Island with Golie.
 Punk, short for Pumpkin, was the name of Fiona’s boat.
 Adventure Squad takes no less than 3 hours to get anywhere. One would think this would no longer be true. It still is.
 Word of advice: canned spinach does not go well with anything, especially burnt quinoa stew.
 Steve has not left Pacofi Bay for longer than one day in over twelve years. His favorite movie is a “Toast to the Loggers.” We watched it with him while eating cake and venison steaks.
 When we arrived at Tanu there were Rice Krispie treats waiting for us.
 One of the methods used by the Haida to catch Octupi is stunning them with bleach.
 This happens more often than not.