This was a short retreat but as always it was wonderful to gather the tribe, cross paddles, and share food, fun, and games. There was sorrow as well as laughter as we acknowledged the loss in September of El Rey’s daughter Maya, but this is what we do – in good times and bad we rally round, eat, drink, cry, laugh, tell stories, and by our presence reaffirm the bond that keeps us together. The retreat took place on the Southern Oregon coast where we rented a couple of cabins. Refrigerators, hot tubs and showers, oh my! We hope you enjoy this photo journal.
Day One: scouting. A hike in the woods. Ferns and mushrooms. Conditions looked ideal.
Day Two: conditions had changed, and were now rated Hazardous. Not a good day for leisurely rock gardening. The ocean served both rough and mystical moods.
We spent the day hiking and scouting in the brilliant sunshine, recalling past retreats, remembering…
We hiked down to a beach and played with the surf and the cameras.
Day Three: after a considerable amount of time trying to find a suitable launch site we located a protected beach and paddled out to a small island for lunch.
Dandy Don checked out the latest version of Adm. Kuk’s X-Caliber, surfing and circumnavigating the island.
Then after messing around we called it a day and headed back to the hot tubs and the cocktails.
Before we settled in for the evening we went down to the beach for some fun and games.
It was different from our usual gig but it was amazingly fun and we took full advantage of the luxe accommodations. We adapt and survive and thrive. No idea what will happen next year, but as long as we’re together we’re happy.
Thanks to everyone who joined the retreat this year and to all those who provided fab photos to record this special event. As always, it was a team effort and as always, it was a success! Gracias amigos y amigas! Abrazos!