- Post author:Bill Brackin
- Post published:October 17, 2021
- Post category:Coastal Journeys / Kayak Fishing
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I have been a kayaker since 1973, the first 15 years was as a Class IV & V Whitewater paddler. Prior to kayaking I was a swift water canoe racer and trekker since Boy Scouts in 1961. My family started me off with long car camping, hiking, caving, and sailing trips from the time I was 6 years old. I was a life guard and Water Safety Instructor from 1961-1968. In 1987 I took my first sea kayaking trip from Stanwood, WA to Nanaimo, BC. That 120-mile, 8-day trip hooked me, and I have been sea kayaking ever since. Between 1987 and 2021 I have been completing the Inside Passage from Olympia, WA to Juneau, AK in segments. In 2022, I plan to paddle from Juneau to Skagway. I have also circumnavigated Revillagigedo and Etolin Islands in Alaska. Other significant sea kayaking trips have been in Kyuquot Sound, the Gulf Islands, Nanaimo to Powell River by way of Texada Island, Campbell River to Kelsey Bay running five saltwater rapids, Kelsey Bay to Sointula by way of the Broughton Archipelago and Greenway Sound, Port Hardy to Bella Bella by way of Cape Caution, Bella Bella to Prince Rupert, Bowron Lake Canoe Circuit, the Exuma Islands in the Bahamas, Black Canyon and Lake Mojave in Nevada, 160 miles of the Willamette River in Oregon, 125 miles of the Green River and Canyonlands National Park in Utah, 149 miles of the Missouri River in Montana, 60 miles on Yellowstone Lake, and many trips in the San Juan Islands and Puget Sound.