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Turkey for Thanksgiving

Well, the trip to the islands ended up getting cancelled due to offshore winds above 20 knots and reports of certain gusts around all the islands, even Catalina. ¬†We settled for a short coastal paddle on Thanksgiving but did enjoy some very nice Thanksgiving leftovers ūüôā ¬†One of the challenges with open ocean crossings is that there are very few options if winds pick up above 20 knots and enduring such a struggling paddle is too dangerous. ¬†So we’ve been calling this a Turkey of a Thanksiving. ¬†But it was good judgement and a safe outcome.

As the famous mountaineer Ed Viesturs says, safety is first, the goal (making it to the summit) is second, and fun is third.

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The Channel Islands

The Channel Islands

Most Americans will be kicking back on Thursday for Thanksgiving. ¬†My kayaking friends and I, on the other hand, will hopefully be kayaking to the Channel Islands. ¬†This weekend we’re hoping to make it to San Miguel and Santa Rosa, the renowned outer islands. ¬†The winds are typically strong there about 15 knots or higher. ¬†The forecast right now looks like a steady NW 10-20 knot wind which may be nice if we decide to go east to Oxnard. ¬†With variable conditions like this, we have to wait and see even up till the morning of our launch whether we can go or whether we cancel the trip. ¬†Back in August 2008, we made a 65 mile paddle to Santa Cruz and then had nice West winds take us back to Oxnard. ¬†Here is a picture of my GPS route from that trip. ¬†You can see San Miguel island to the west.

 

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Late nights.

Well, after another long night of developing the expedition website, I’m ready to go to bed. ¬†It occurred to me tonight that this is how I’ve prepared for most of my favorite accomplishments. ¬†Applying to grad schools while working late at Volvo in Sweden back in 2003, writing my masters thesis late at night in Atlanta, and now, preparing this wonderful fundraiser from my apartment in Santa Monica. ¬†Here’s to a legacy of good starts.

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