When 60 students from Central Kitsap High School took off in
double kayaks to look for jumping salmon, they had no idea how the
changing weather would make the trip more exciting.
Bill Wilson, who teaches environmental science, organized
Tuesday’s trip on Dyes Inlet near Silverdale. Lead guide Spring
Courtright of Olympic Outdoor Center shares the story in her
Reminder: Free stream tours from land are scheduled for
Saturday. See the story I wrote for
Tuesday’s Kitsap Sun.
By Spring Courtright Program Director, Olympic Outdoor Center
At 9 a.m. on election day, anyone peering through the fog at
Silverdale Waterfront Park would have seen 35 bright kayaks lined
up on the beach and 60 high school students preparing to
Central Kitsap High School environmental science students study
salmon in class, then are given the option to paddle with jumping
salmon on an annual Salmon Kayak Tour with the Olympic Outdoor
Center (OOC). For the last two years, 60 students have jumped on
This trip started about 10 years ago with about half that number
of students. I have been one of the lead guides for nearly all of
these tours. It’s always an adventure, but this year was one of the
more memorable trips because of the beautiful clouds and quick
change in weather. Continue reading →
I love simple ideas that can capture your imagination and your
spirit of adventure, and that’s what we have with the recently
announced Puget Sound Challenge.
Here’s the idea: Everyone who loves to kayak is challenged to
paddle from Belfair to Allyn, a distance of less than five miles as
the crow flies.
What makes this challenge interesting is that Belfair is in
southern part of Hood Canal and Allyn is in the southern part of
Puget Sound. To complete the trip by water, you must paddle about
150 nautical miles — all the way through Hood Canal, around the tip
of the Kitsap Peninsula and then south through Puget Sound.
You don’t have to do it all in one trip. You can go at your own
pace — a day here and a day there throughout the coming summer.
Olympic Kayak Club, which is sponsoring the event, has laid out a
schedule for those who wish to travel as a group, starting in
April. See Seabury Blair’s piece in
the Kitsap Sun, or visit the Olympic
Kayak Club’s Web site for details.
A $25 donation will get you a Challenge boat decal, a T-shirt
and a reservation for October’s end-of-the-paddle celebration, plus
$5 will go to the nonprofit Washington Water Trails, which is
working in support of camping sites and other waterside facilities
throughout the region.