This blog is about the friends who helped me get to where I’m going. Behind one dude in a kayak are a pyramid of people supporting the trip from so many angles. For the last many months, my friends have come to learn about MedShare and my expedition and have stepped up to help with so many big and and little details from moving to folding paper towels at TP. And this is a THANK YOU for them! For sure, I’ve been lucky with friends willing to donate and friends who helped at work or kayaking or with advice about this expedition, and I’ve done my best to acknowledge them on the website under ‘Sponsors’. I’m going to start where I should start, with Kim and Tom, who brainstormed ideas during numerous conversations and who helped inspire this trip. Tom even called from London as I walked the kayak to the beach in Seattle! And Kim deserves her own blog which will come. She has made this expedition fundraiser a success and still continues because she shares my vision to see it succeed! (Need pic for of us for this)
After moving out of my seaside apartment with Tom (yep, miss it a bit after 5 good years), I moved in with Andrea and Toby for a week and then with Ryan and Mike for a month. Thank you so much for enduring my late nights, your hospitality, and for your support and good jokes. You helped me make this otherwise peculiar transition and encouraged it to be the exciting expedition that it is! Ryan and Mike, when I get back, I look forward to having a beer with you both to remember the times carpooling, packing food and sorting out folding TP…with Rudy and Rudy! Ryan, your kindness was overwhelming and without words to express it properly, I thank you.
- Ryan and Mike hosted me in the Castillo Redondo.
- Thank you to Ian who drove me all the way from San Fransisco to Seattle and helped me with all my last minute errands around Seattle and was involved with this stage of my life, just as he has been for every other…he is my brother and I love him like one. Here is a distant photo of this handsome fellow in front of Mt Shasta during our record breaking drive north.Then there’s the Seattle crew, Joy, Matt, Rachel, Ian, Amanda, and Coby!
- Thank you all for your support and assistance with car matters, launch logisitics, and most of all, being great friends when I needed help. It was great to see Michigan people and reminisce. And thank you Amanda and Antonella for the tour of Anacortes and Skaggit Bay!Joy and Matt at the Launch! Thank you so much for coming!