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~, Record, Reporter Lassen News Wednesday, Jan, 10,2001 7B on the Broken i I ille couple paddles into high adventure If~hrt The Broken Islands are a end of a full day of this routine, of a chocolate bar and a cup of Pub ishing group of more than 300 very a re ization set in. wine were waiting. Life be- lWoods, clean air, few small, rocky wilderness islands . !t s primal. There's some- came more precious. fresh oysters the that comprise a protected area thm.g, about withdrawal from I am heading off to a tropical hand are just apor-of ocean. There are 10 small cwmzatlon and making it on vacation for my 20th anniver- you can expect campgrounds that can accomc, our own. We took pride in the sary this year, but I do hope llCean kayaking and date only about 20 people at a we caught and the camp- some day to return to the chal- lrip to the Broken Is- time. We met mostly Canadi- !ire we made. It was like play- lenge of the Broken Islands of da. ans and found them to be .rag Gill!,gan's Island" or "Lost Canada. mQlenges of this family friendly, entertaining andm Space. It was cool. charming. One day, I lured a crab with Laken last summer wing from civiliza- res, roads, phones, movies, etc. the endurance to Fakayak loaded with cross ocean waters Son end without only what you can |a kayak to eat, drink for five days. ating with a map and ~tOve some 15 hours to F, took a ferry to Van- Llsland, drove another puts to the far side of and hopped another a river to the ocean. )pint, we were literally m_ ff w th our gear and mmiite pep with ons on how to avoid ver the kayak and The firewood has long been picked over so we had to get back in the kayak and search other islands to collect wood as part of the daily routine. Keep ing a campfire was compound- ed by the fact that it is very wet in this part of Canada, even when it isn't raining. We quickly realized that we were really roughing it. My past idea of a great vaca- tion was flying to Hawaii and checking into a great hotel, plopping down by the pool or the beach and moving only to rind a restaurant. So why did I become so enchanted with this survival-style experience? After a day of paddling, ex- haustion and sunburn set in. We had to break down and set up camp daily, find firewood and catch fish for dinner. There was no refrigeration for meat, cheese or milk. At the a fish head tied to a stick and snagged it out of the ocean with my bare hands (and didn't get pinched). My daughters and I triumphantly marched our prize past the few other campers who congratulated us. "Too small, throw it back," my husband said. I didn't get to eat it, but I was proud of my inge- nuity in catching it. We set out each morning, newly refreshed after sleeping a sound eight hours in our tent, for another adventure. Where the map and compass, and our wits would take us we didn't know for sure. It was scary and exhilarating at the same time. A harem of sea lions, a sea ot- ter, minx, giant starfish of bril- liant orange, purple and reds, and those hand-sized oysters were our compatriots. We knew wherever we landed that night our rationed one-fourth The oyster bed at low tide. Rob and Becky m Wt Broken Islands. after aday of octan kayaking in the capsule and ail lkmgad look Into the time the lOOth anniversary of SIP la wlmratloa. It was dedicated at the City Weda day, Jan. $, meeting. ContaMing do- l biMHhMayfrOm 25 on ributcmk It will be on display at sen Historical Society Museum on North rlow Street until it's opened on the city's , Aug. 19, 2060. Donations ranged from letters, a High Scbe yembook and dem= tng I.MUD's mmt utility rates. tOlunteer opportunities to serve people living with HW/AmS. You have what it takes. Be a volunteer. We'll show you how. Contact Marc 530-283-9260 or write Marc Eastman II1~: Mountain Counties Buddy Project P.O. Box 252 Quincy, CA 95971 mceauflOhotmail.com www.positivepoint.org I Tl~ le An rcMImt V~ue P15MiOR-l| Pltl/1~1| Tldl low wit IH samoa ike oflerl H TIIEI~ DESIGN MAY VARY ALL SEASON ladMDI FIBIt I1.10 FIlRL~IHI M.S'/ Hill IlI~I~lllllIo