2nd Annual WCP Spring Get Together

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  1. Dan_Millsip

    Dan_Millsip Paddler & Admin

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    Well, it's getting near that time again when the winds stop blowing so hard, the temperatures get a little warmer, and everyone wants to get out for some spring camping.

    Last year we had a terrific gathering at Portland Island which turned out to be a great location. It's a short paddle from Swartz Bay making it easy for those on the Island as well as a single ferry ride from the Mainland.

    We camped at the Arbutus campsite located at the northeast point of the island. This campsite is quite large and can accomodate quite a few people so space should not be a problem.

    Just to be clear, this is not a guided trip -- anyone who wants to come will be doing so on their own accord.

    Last year the trip was on the first or second weekend of April -- we lucked out and had terrific weather. Hopefully the weather will cooperate this year.

    Do we want to have a potluck dinner again this year? (Last year's potluck dinner was excellent.)

    So, who wants to come and what dates work best for everyone to meet at Portland Island?

    EDIT: The dates chosen for this event are April 28th and 29th.
    (Some will be heading over on the 27th.)

    The following people are confirmed to attend:

    - Dan_Millsip - Chicken wings
    - Mark_Schilling - Pasta salad
    - Dave_Barrie (hopefullly optimistic)
    - Jo
    - Sludge - beverages or desserts
    - Andreas - something we can't pronounce
    - Kasey - curried vegtables
    - candikayak
    - Waverider - salad and dessert
    - Sushiy
    - DarrenM - Tapas Platter (a bunch of yummy stuff)
    - John - Tapas Platter (more yummy stuff)
    - Mark and Sabina - Tabbouleh Salad (whatever that is)
    - Drew and Jutta
    - rjoutnorth (maybe with 1 more person)
    - Steve_Fairbairn - Beef jerky - Pasta and sauce
    - RobertM - South African dessert
    - bobdobbs
    - Mick Allen - Garlic Bread
    - Helen
    - Chris
    - 2 kids
    - Chris_Hvid
    - Mike Jackson
    - kayakwriter


    May be coming:
    - dgimcmillan
    - jbj_bc_ca
    - IanC - Dessert

    Would like to attend but unfortunately are unable:
    - DarenN

    EDIT: List of participants updated April 22, 2007

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  2. andreas

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    YES, I WAS WAITING FOR THAT POST

    i'm in :D
    ok, lets plan the potluck...hmmmmm fooood :D i'm bringing a big spoon and a bowl :lol:

    Dan you are right! it was great last year! maybe this time we can get our friends from the south to come too!
     
  3. Dave_Barrie

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    As long as I'm town then you can count Jo and I in :p
     
  4. Mike_Jackson

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    I am game too if I am around.
     
  5. waverider

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    I would like to join in this year, I am easy going on all details, potluck dates .

    Mark
     
  6. Dan_Millsip

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    8)

    For those of you who aren't familiar with the area, Portland Island is located in the Gulf Islands, 4 kilometers northwest of the Swartz Bay ferry terminal (the campsite we'll be at is 7 km from Swartz Bay).

    Access to the water is about 600 meters from the ferry dock -- well within walking distance, so you can leave your car on the Tsawwassen side, use a kayak cart, and walk on the ferry.

    For more info and a map, see the Portland Island location album.

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  7. Kasey

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    Well, you guys set the date and let's see if we can't get some interiorites out to this... (interiorites) sounds like enough to swamp a kayak! Promise no rain though as we can't take that!
    Kathy
     
  8. sushiy

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    In April sounds good. I will have some time to take lesson and practice with my AT 14 "Chibimaru". If not, I will take my old Seascape 2 with my friend. Just I need to know the date, maybe one month earlier, 'cause I think I have to take a few days extra off to travel from Seattle area.
    Potluck sounds great!!
     
  9. Astoriadave

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    Sushi, it is about a 2+ hour drive from Seattle to the ferry terminal at Tsawwassen, via I-5, and then an hour or so from there to Swartz Bay. It may be a bit daunting to use a kayak cart to ro-ro yourself and your gear onto the ferry, but it is definitely commonly done.

    The paddle to Portland Island is a short one. Unless weather is horrible, you can leave Seattle at 6 am and be in camp by 3 pm no problem.
     
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    I'll be there somehow... even if I have to 'hitch a ride' on a sailboat... :p 8)
     
  11. DarrenM

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    Would it be quicker to drive to Port Angeles and take the Coho?
     
  12. Astoriadave

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    Maybe, but the kayak cart trek from Victoria to Swartz Bay would be a tough one! She would also have to take another ferry from Seattle across Pungent Sound to get to Port Angeles.

    However, the PA-Vic ferry is the only way to fly if you start south of the lower end of PS ... getting through the Olympia-Tacoma-Seattle-Everett megalopolis on I-5 these days is nasty, most times of the day, and any day except early Sunday morning.
     
  13. DarrenM

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    :lol: Good point. LOL
     
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    I'd like to go, too

    I haven't been in my kayak since September 8th, and the reason why is a verry looong story. :oops:

    But I'm dunking a paddle this weekend for sure!! :D

    A get-together in April sounds really good, and I'd like to come along. Are you experts up for a "recreational" type to be there? I promise to leave no trace, except for a miniature Inukshuk (or 2).

    Ian Mc.
     
  15. andreas

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    hi ian,
    that's the best idea so far! a inukshuk building contest :D
    but we should set up some rules :wink: lets say not higher then 9 feet and the biggest stones are not alowed to be bigger then 5' in diameter :lol:
    just kiddin :roll:
     
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    I will check all the ferry schedule and possibility.
    I have a sister ( who's husband want to build one) near Port Angels where I can stay a night before and show the boat and leave my car.
    If I get Victoria, can anyone pick me( and Chibi-Maru) up?

    Or I might be taking my car on the Anacotes- Sidney ferry.
     
  17. Dan_Millsip

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    Perhaps someone could pick you up in Victoria, Sushi. Darren, are you going to be making this trip?

    I think that an Inukshuk contest is a splendid idea! Maybe we could offer a copy of this informative book for the most creative display:

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  18. DarrenM

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    Hope to. If the dates work out. I could pick up Sushi (not for the potluck) :wink:
     
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    The Second Annual WCP Spring Camp Out and The First Annual WCP Innukshuk Competition

    That's gonna make for a huge title graphic in the albums section :p
     
  20. kayakwriter

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    We'll just tighten it to "The WCP Camp and Rock Concert" Or maybe "WCP Rock Camp" :lol:

    Gonna do my best to be there. Trying to corral a couple of friends to join me. They're the husband and wife who came with me on the New Year's Day Polar Bear paddle the rest of the WCP gang jammed out on. I need to convince them you're not all my imaginary friends...

    Philip