Friday, September 21, 2012
Tales from a Terrapin
While I was in Port Townsend for the Boat Fest, I met up with Bruce, who I first met here on-line. Bruce is an adventurer from Portland, Oregon. Now, it's a true reality check to meet someone in person, who you think you know so well, here in the Internets. Apparently I've advised Bruce on everything from purchasing the right trailer to finding a good deal on oars. He's had some good advise.
I must admit, when Bruce told me he was going to row from Seattle to Port Townsend, I was intrigued but when I heard he was to do it in an Adirondack Guide Boat, he'd gotten my attention.
The Adirondack Guide Boat was designed for flushing out game in the reeds of backwoods lakes, not cruising an open sea. But Bruce was determined and he did it. Bruce is a philosopher as much a sailor... possibly there is very little distinction there.
You can share his experience on Terrapin Tales.
He keeps a log in a notebook and sketches some of the entries. How he can do that and navigate a (very) small boat in variable weather is completely beyond me.
This first sketch is a map of his Salish Sea adventures to date. The distances in miles are modest, yet the voyage ethereal.
We found camaraderie on the day-long ride home. Bruce sketched us on the road in the "DoryMan Big Truck", which, with a couple beautiful boats on top, got some attention. For the back-story, please visit Bruce at Terrapin Tales.
Bruce is the new owner of an Iain Oughtred Arctic Tern, of which, we will hear more anon....