"Herbert was a minor official notorious for his limited and rigid patterns of thought.” - First Officer Spock, from the original Star Trek episode “The Way to Eden” We should tackle reality in a slightly jokey way, otherwise we miss its point. – … [Continue reading] about Sea Kayaking Personalities: Are YOU a Herbert?
Editor’s Note: So much happened during this retreat we’ve decide to make it a triplicity. This is Part One, The Wave in the Cave! From the Captain's Log: The plan was to do about a 3 mile paddle in and set up camp before dark. Scott was in … [Continue reading] about Tsunami Retreat 2017 Part One – The Wave in the Cave
My good friend Moulton Avery of the National Center for Cold Water Safety mentioned recently that perhaps it was time to revisit the Sea Conditions Rating System (SCRS) on this website. Since the sea is dangerous and unpredictable, I think he's … [Continue reading] about SCRS – The Sea Conditions Rating System
As many of you know, Southern Oregon is on fire. For nearly the entire month of August, the Rogue Valley has been filled with smoke from multiple forest fires in the surrounding areas. Even the coast has been smoky because of the fire in Brookings. … [Continue reading] about Extreme Smoke – The Getaway
Naturally I was devastated when my late husband died, but one of the things that really had me exercised was how the heck I was going to get kayaks on and off the truck by myself. It might sound silly to some, but I’m short, the rack is high, and the … [Continue reading] about Balance, Momentum, and Leverage: How to Get a 25’ Kayak Off A Truck By Yourself
In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities, in the expert’s mind there are few. Shunryu Suzuki The ability to observe without evaluating is the highest form of intelligence. Jiddu Krishnamurti Everything you know is … [Continue reading] about Sea Kayaker’s Mind, Beginner’s Mind
by Captain Jim Kakuk Why do we test new Rangers? I remember as a young scruffy kid hanging out with my friends down by the river in a tree fort. We were always coming up with big plans and scheming on who would get to join in our gang as … [Continue reading] about Why Do We Test New Rangers?
I recently paddled around Princeton Harbor for the first time. I know it sounds crazy, but even after living and kayaking there for 12 years I never did that. I was always en route to the outside, to the swells along the jetty, to the surf in and … [Continue reading] about Bird Watching From a Kayak: Princeton Harbor in Spring
At 76 Michael Powers is the oldest Tsunami Ranger. He became a Ranger in 1990. For almost 30 years he has been the unofficial Tsunami Ranger photojournalist, filming and photographing the Rangers and their adventures all over the world. He’s had his … [Continue reading] about Meet Michael Powers, Tsunami Ranger and Amazing Captioned Photo Creator!
Review by Nancy Soares Editor's note: Susan is an adventurer, writer, educator, and speaker. Her tenacious exploration by sea kayak has fueled her stories and images of the natural world for decades. Her articles and photographs have appeared in … [Continue reading] about Inside: One Woman’s Journey Through the Inside Passage by Susan Marie Conrad – A Review
Editor's note: This is our annual tribute to one of the founders of the Tsunami Rangers. This year we reflect on how we do nothing of ourselves alone; without the earth, air, and water to support our physical bodies and the people we encounter in our … [Continue reading] about In Memoriam Eric Soares August 1, 1953 – February 1, 2012
Editor's note: This year's retreat was brief but packed with action, so we decided to cover it in two posts, the first which came out in October, and this second debrief in order to give Cate her due. Deb: We agreed on the … [Continue reading] about A New Year, a New Tsunami Ranger – Cate Hawthorne’s Test Debrief
by Maya King Editor's note: Maya King is the daughter of Tsunami Ranger Steve "El Rey" King. We decided to make her essay our December post because we believe that seeing the world through the eyes of children is a valuable experience. Young minds … [Continue reading] about The Seal and Me