The spring of 2016 was spent in Baja. Often our conversations would drift to the Inland Passage. It was somewhat difficult to do much research as often we were without internet capabilities. So we enjoyed the view and made notes of what we would have to do when we crossed the border and head north to Oregon.
When we arrived to Oregon, the list of tasks multiplied. At times it seemed like there was more than we had time to accomplish. There were charts to buy, additional accessories for the kayaks, and a big task was figuring out the food and how to get it to our resupplies, as some of them would be in Canada. Along with all of these concerns was the fact that we had signed a contract to teach a kayaking course in Petersburg. We wanted to also put some time in to prepare for the course as well. Several times we asked ourselves if this journey was something that we could really do! With lists in hand and much determination, the things to do grew smaller. There is quite a bit of information when one hunts for it and finally we just convinced ourselves that too much information may not be all that necessary. Thanks to some of our friends that had done some paddling or sailing in the area, we were given some much appreciated resources. Finally the prudent thing to do was just set a departure date and then just go for it. Thanks to Mary our sister in law we were able to stage out of her house. Our son Jeff, agreed to send us our food that we would get sent to Alaska when we neared the Ak. destinations. We had piles of gear and food, that we managed to organize in somewhat reasonable piles.