West Coast 2004

 

“We are all going on an Expedition,” said Christopher Robin, as he got up and brushed himself. 

“Going on an Edpodition?” said Pooh eagerly.  “I don’t think I’ve ever been on one of those. 

“Expedition, silly old Bear.  It’s got an ‘x’ in it.” 

“Expedition means:  A long line of everybody.  “on” A sort of boat I think,” said Pooh.  Yes.  And we’re going to discover…something.”  A.A. Milne

 

 

The adventure begins in mid-January, 2004 when I notice an advertisement in Canadian Geographic Magazine:  an environmental discovery cruise from Alaska to Vancouver, a small ship carrying 102 passengers, on-board resource people to include local First Nations people, research scientists, folksinger Ian Tamblyn and Dr. David Suzuki.  I contact my friend, Carol to see if she is interested.

 

We book our passage and soon, Information, including a two-page recommended reading list, begins arriving in the mail.  I order books from the library and start reading about West Coast Natives, their art and culture.  I purchase and pore over handbooks of wildflowers, plants, whales and shore life of the Pacific Northwest.  My fascination grows and before long I am packing: rubber boots, rain gear, hiking boots, hats, mitts and long underwear.

 

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