January 10, 2013 in At the Helm
Paddling the Former Condit Dam Site with Christie G. Eastman
Looking back on 2012, one of my favorite paddling moments was my first trip down the White Salmon Narrows, WA, after the removal of Condit Dam. I met up with Susan Hollingsworth and a mass flotilla of rafts and kayaks for the big celebration. We put in at Husum falls and floated all the way down the Lower White Salmon into the narrows section. As we approached Northwestern Park where the lake used to be, everything seemed strangely foreign. Docks were sitting high above the river’s edge, there were new rapids and surf waves, and the river gradually descended into a gorge and disappeared around the corner.
As the river narrowed, we all grouped up and floated down through the walls together. There were waterfalls pouring in from above, huge salmon swimming upstream beneath us, and everyones’ cheers were echoing throughout the gorge. It was crazy to think that such an amazing place had been buried underwater for over 100 years. Read the rest of this entry →
December 26, 2012 in At the Helm
During a weeklong visit that’s as spectacular as it is educational, CW’s editor learns from naturalists about the evolution of both the islands of the Galápagos and their flora and fauna. From their December 2012 issue. By Cruising World’s Mark Pillsbury
October 2, 2012 in At the Helm
The OCEARCH team is in South Africa tagging Great Whites and take time out to help save this baby penguin. All in a day’s work!
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May 22, 2012 in At the Helm
“Sharks, Sharks, Sharks, on deck, everyday!”
Check out this cool video featuring our friends from the National Geographic Channel TV Show, Shark Men…
March 8, 2012 in At the Helm
The Baker River cuts a turquoise ribbon through the southern beech forests of Chilean Patagonia and flows past jagged peaks before dumping its silty waters in the Pacific. The river marks the western border of the future Patagonia National Park, and flanks the road to Cochrane, the nearest town. Its shadow looms large over the region, both as a geographic marker and a contested political symbol.