My favorite quote is at the end, which means that you’ll have to read his entire essay to completely comprehend the context. “fear can be overcome”. Yes, they can. Governor Inslee includes in his patriotic reminder that:
America has been swayed by fear before. And we’ve lived to regret it. My home is on Bainbridge Island, a small island across Puget Sound from Seattle. It was the first place in the nation where Japanese-Americans were subjected to President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Civilian Exclusion Orders. These Washingtonians were marched to the docks by soldiers and sent to internment camps.
We have behaved badly in the past. Let’s be nicer to our neighbors in the future.
Our day started with an attempted summit of the Oyster Dome. It was quickly thwarted by Violet’s fear of heights. The trail up to the dome drops off straight down to Chuckanut Drive. She was freaked out, so we turned around and went to a more approachable landscape. Funny thing was that we were actually climbing and the relative danger was higher than walking on the trail. But that didn’t matter. We’re about being safe and having fun. Across the board.
This was a test that FAILED. I used the SLO-MO settings on my camera and they didn’t transfer when I uploaded them.
“From molecule to mountain, it’s the everything of our existence. Water. Dive into the liquid of high peaks and the deep sea, following water’s ceaseless journey through one of its favourite playgrounds: the Pacific Northwest.”
Bellingham, WA Team RRAD* – Chris Mellick, Sonja Max and Todd Elsworth
Kulshan Quest AR 2015. We are Team RRAD-Run, Ride and DIG. Team RRAD – Chris Mellick, Sonja Max and Todd Elsworth
Our objective for Quest was to go out and see how many checkpoints we could get in the allotted time of 12 hours and have the most fun doing it. We were up for the challenge.
Side note: These were not a scripted videos. You’ll hear me say repeatedly, “see you at the next checkpoint”, but I never actually record anything while we’re at a checkpoint, because that is what we were focused on- not the huge royalties that we get from our spawnsors**. It was something that I had in my head that I just had to get out, I guess.
Pre Race Meeting with Brent
Wait for it.
April keeping an eye on things!
There is some very serious competition OUT THERE. Here’s Evil Eye Annie from Team Sin Daaawgs making sure we weren’t trying to listen in on their strategy.
We went back to our compound (tent, table and lounge chairs) and plotted out our route.
On the water
Tip of Clarks Point with seal greeting!
Seeking the Statue.
HOWDY Todd – Thanks T.Eastman for being a safety boat on the water.
“How was the paddle?”
“It was awesome…I gotta do more of this” – CM.
On the Bike
Fuel Stops & Safety Breaks
S.MAX Burritos! Sonja made us power bars with beans, rice, avocado and other secret ingredients to fuel the fire to keep the motors running.
We have spent plenty of time in kayaks, but never kayak camped. Violet and I headed out to Lummi Island from Wildcat Cove in Larrabee State Park- just south of Bellingham, WA. for our maiden overnight voyage. It was awesome.
Leaving the shore behind. My favorite paddling hat has seen some wear and is finally in need of repair. Thank you Freemont Hemp Company (RIP).
She paddled for a bit, then just enjoyed the ride across the bay. We were finally in the shadows of the campsite. “It’s your job to choose which site we should take. Since there’s nobody here you have a lot to pick from!,” I exclaimed. She was happy to have that news.
We enjoyed an afternoon and evening of hanging out at the Lummi DNR site and went out for a paddle the next day. We sat below a BIG Bald Eagle and watched him/her (I can’t tell) eat breakfast in the tree above.
Here’s the Big Bird on the branch above.
We continued south to the southern tip of Lummi, where the wind was raging and the rollers were flowing in. So, we turned around and went back to the shelter of the east side of the island and enjoyed the herons, eagles, vultures and other shorebirds flying around above.
Heading home it was so calm (and “The V” is so comfortable in a boat) that she chose to sit on top of the middle hatch and just hang out so we could talk and sing songs as I paddled us home. This photo is looking north to Portage Island off the port bow. We changed our course to the east and headed for the north tip of Eliza Island and Larrabee on shore.
“The V” is turning 7! We invite you to come join us for a couple hours at Lake Padden on Saturday, June 13th from 1-3pm. Look for us south (to the left when you’re facing the water) of the swimming beach/bath house. We’ll have a big white tent and some balloons. There is excellent access to the water for swimming and plenty of grass.