August 1, 2009 - Jamestown Beach to Port Townsend
We met at Jamestown Beach at 5 a.m. and because the tide was on
the way out, we had to carry the canoes 150 yards out to the
water through very slippery and deep muck. After several trips,
bringing out gear, we left Charlene out there to hold the canoes
while we went back for one final check of the beach.
holding the canoes
It was incredibly foggy, so we waited for the support boat, and
followed them for close to 6 hours through deep fog. We couldnít
see the shore or Protection Island, but we saw many rhinoceros
auklets and murres, and a few seals. Even seeing passing canoes
was difficult Ė but we heard the songs of many of them.
One of the weirdest parts of pulling through fog is not having
any sense of how far or how fast youíre traveling. We pulled
from 6 a.m. until about noon until we finally began to see the
sun, and by that time, we were almost to North Beach in Port
The sea was
rough around Port Townsend and Point Wilson, but we arrived at
Fort Worden to a beach with many people waiting for us, and
three canoes had already landed.
Landing in Port Townsend
It took many
hours for the remaining canoes to come into PT, and many
visitors joined the celebration, as the Tribal Chairs from Lower
Elwha Klallam, Jamestown SíKlallam and Port Gamble SíKlallam
welcomed them, ďas one,Ē in the words of Francis Charles.
Townsend Mayor Michelle Sandoval read a proclamation welcoming
the Canoe Journey to PT, and expressing appreciation for the
sharing of the Native cultures with the Port Townsend public.
Three Tribal Chiefs:
Jeromy Sullivan, Francis Charles & W. Ron Allen
with Mayor Michelle Sandoval
volunteers helped the three SíKlallam/Klallam bands make the
welcome at PT a wonderful event, with food and drink for all,
and lots of good cheer.
Up the hill,
our ground crew had made a lovely circle of tents for all of us,
and as I write this, they are stir frying what looks like a