NWWB Meeting Mon. Mar. 18th Jennifer Hahn Author of Spirited Waters Soloing South Through the Inside Passage and Pacific Feast A Cook’s Guide to West Coast Foraging and Cuisine

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Jennifer Hahn, is the author of award-winning SPIRITED WATERS: Soloing South Through the Inside Passage (Mountaineers Books) and PACIFIC FEAST: A Cook’s Guide to West Coast Foraging and Cuisine (Skipstone Press). She will talk about her adventure kayaking solo from Ketchikan to Bellingham and will share about her current life focus offering a PowerPoint talk of Inside Passage wild edible foraging.
Jennifer is currently doing research on seaweed in the Salish Sea and is a faculty member of Fairhaven College at Western Washington University. She teaches courses in Wild Food Ecology. In the summer, she works as a naturalist and guide in Southeast Alaska and the San Juan Islands for Sea Wolf Adventures, Gustavus, Alaska. She is also savoring a future fall/winter writing retreat to complete a third book.
Date: Monday, May 18th
Time: 7:00pm – till 9:00 pm
Location: ON ZOOM  You will receive a link to the meeting via email, if it misses you, request the link via email below
Questions: Email nwwbviv@gmail.com
Excerpt from Spirited Waters Soloing South Through the Inside Passage
“One of my most hair-raising experiences was when I was leaving Ketchikan, Alaska and aiming my bow for Bellingham. There had already been two storms that had come in and stymied me. There was another storm coming in but not for 24 to 36 hours, and, I thought, if I don’t go now I’m going to chicken out. So I bolted out of Ketchikan and paddled 26 miles to a small island I hoped was bearless. The next morning I got up and turned on the weather radio and heard, (amidst crackling static,)  ‘45 knot winds…Dickson Entrance.’ I looked out and it was silver smooth and I thought, storm shmorm it’s gonna hit sometime later but it’s not gonna hit this morning, I’ll just go six miles down the coast. I thought, I’ll be careful and cautious and stay along the coast, except Dickson Entrance is not your normal coast; it’s wide open to the Pacific. I was crossing a channel soon after called Boca de Quadra. It is 2 ½ miles across and I got hit by the storm in the middle of it. Out in the middle of this channel a long ways from land, I remember hearing this voice (when you’re alone you have intuitive voices that, for me, shout sometimes.) This one shouted, ‘Pick up the binoculars and look at the horizon!’  I thought, Good Gravy! This voice was like the navigator in me. I feel like there are several people in the boat with me sometimes and one is the navigator. She keeps me on course and holds me to task. She’s checking how fast my hair’s lifting, you know, is it a 5-knot wind is it a 10-knot wind? My hair is used like those little streamers on a sailboat. I picked up my binoculars. You learn to go up and down in the swell and get a gestalt when you’re up on top of the swell, hold it, and come back down into the trough, and go back up again and reconfirm what you see in binoculars without getting sick. If it’s not too rough, you can do it real quick. This time the edge of the horizon was toothed like a bow saw. I’d never seen a horizon that rough in binoculars. Where I was, it was just small little humps of waves. I thought, that is one heck of a storm coming at me; that is the 45-knot winds they were talking about. I thought, do I keep going or do I turn around? I didn’t know where to go back to, so I thought, Ill try to make it. I tried and pushed myself and the waves got bigger and bigger. Soon they were three foot, and then they were four foot and they were breaking over the bow and breaking over me. Finally, one hit me and went over my head into my jacket, down into my kayak. I did a 180 at the top of the next wave and just surfed nearly out of control for a good period of time. I was so scared I wanted to cry and my navigator just shouted, ‘Don’t you cry or you’re gonna fog your eyeballs, you need to see every wave that’s coming behind ya!!’ I was watching out of my periphery vision to see the waves that were coming behind so that I could be in the right position to brace or role.”
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