| On paddling these are the best I
have found over the years. If the topics don't relate to you, use the search above
to find other paddling books.
Leave Hungry: by James Sewid. Kwakiutl Indian history for Mamalillaculla
area. Mainly done by University of Washington to study a man's success within the value
systems of two cultures. Highly recommended if you have an interest in this history.
Kayak Routes of
the Pacific Northwest Coast: by Peter McGee. This book has more uptodate info
than others as it is just published and it covers many valuable sites around the Pacific
Northwest Coast, but the detail is lacking with on average only one paragraph about each
site. Very slick and pertinent.
The Curve Of Time:
by M. Wylie Blanchet. This is non-fiction that you can learn a lot from. The story is
incredible, and some of the stops that this family makes are inspirational places to
visit. Especially the stop at Mamalilaculla. Ghosts, bears, fog, tides, waves. Ms.
Blanchet captures the mystery as well as the beauty of this place that is my personal
favorite adventure spot in the world. I don't need to travel around the world with places
like this next door.
by Michael Modzelewski. This is another book about the Telegraph Cove area that I love so
much. It mainly focuses on some of the wilder inhabitants of the area. It is incredible
and you can visit all the places today if you get the sea kayaking skills together. The
book is magic.
Day of Two
Sunsets: by Michael Blades. True sea kayak adventures on Canada's West Coast.
If you need to build your courage and confidence to test your skills in the wild pacific
this book could help. I had to practice in the San Juans and read things like this before
I could visit the Bunsby Islands, and Telegraph Cove. I made about twenty trips with my
family before I took them to these advanced skill places with the wild weather and tides.
They still talk about how wild it was, but it was worth it.
by Rich Landers and Dan Hansen. This book has much experience and editorial capability put
in to our precious area which has lacked attention in the past. From Palouse Falls to
Little Pend Oreille Lakes to Priest River there are lots of place to visit, carefully
delineated for your pleasure.
by Mary Ann Snowden. This book was my main guide to learning sea kayaking because the
safest place to learn ocean skills is in the North Gulf Islands due to island protection
afforded from the Strait of Georgia. Also its Sunshine Coast weather that allows nice
temparatures in the dead of winter. This book guides you almost step by step from
launching to getting permission from the natives, to being very careful with the strong
tides. More than any book, you can trust its guidance.
Kayak Navigation: by David Burch. This is the classic book on navigation. If
anyone knows of a better treatise let me know. Navigation is crucial even with GPS units
readily available for $150. You can't go to anywhere too interesting by yourself without
understanding and practicing the basics of this book. A great investment.
Kayaker's Manual: by Randall Washburne. If you could only buy one book to
prepare you for sea experience in a kayak, this would be my suggestion. Its chapters are
slim but cover the needed areas for survival and enjoyment of this sport. Safety, kayak
types, design, performance, gear, accessories, clothing, transporting, storing,
maintaining, launching, landing, paddling, bracing, wind, waves, capsize recovery skill,
emergency signaling, hypothermia, nautical charts and navigation, tides, weather, list for
Canada's West Coast: by Ince & Kottner. These authors left their jobs and
spent two years paddling the west coast learning sea kayaking. They led me to want to try
to paddle Bunsby and Telegraph Cove as not much information is available elsewhere on
these two popular sites. I highly recommend this book for its day to day experience that
seems to just soak into the reader.