Paddle to Quinault

By: osdianna , 4:57 AM GMT on August 03, 2013

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I have not been up to Point Grenville to see the spectacle of the ocean-going canoes paddle into the beach, nor have I attended any of the festivities so far. I had every intention of going, but the idea of taking a shuttle bus for an hour and a half ride to mingle with thousands is a bit daunting right now; I find the spirit craves peace and quiet and solitude more than the hoards of tourists. If I could drive up there myself and stay as long as I wanted, I think I would enjoy it. But the last shuttle leaves at 8pm or so, and that is when things are just loosening up. I was at the last Paddle to Quinault, in 2002, and we were allowed to drive up there (to Tahola)ourselves.

I understand about the parking nightmare, but I also understand they really would rather this were an Indian thing, or they would figure out a way to let us stay longer.

I'll try to get up there Monday.

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7:03 PM GMT on August 18, 2013
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5. osdianna
4:29 AM GMT on August 13, 2013
Thanks, Shoreacres...this is an interesting blog and a interesting woman. I too am a native Californian now living in the PNW, and I too love baseball, so I enjoyed her post and painting "Balk". I was never an Angel fan, but I was a Dodger fan, and am still a fan of Vin Scully, the announcer for the Dodgers. Can't stand the Dodger organization now though.

Anyway, I'll keep checking back on this blog.
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4. shoreacres
5:36 PM GMT on August 11, 2013
I just bumped into this post written by a blogger I follow, and thought it would be interesting to you.

Paddle to Quinault

I think it would be a wonderful event to see. I found Emmett Oliver particularly interesting - wonderful to see someone so advanced in years still vibrant and involved in the community.
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3. osdianna
4:15 AM GMT on August 08, 2013
Dave: I actually have that book. It was my dad's copy taken from his library when he died in 1996. I have yet to read it, but I have every intention of doing so. I just found it during the great book purge while preparing for Joe's cats to come stay with me. The room they were to use as a safe room while all cats got used to one another had 10 boxes of books; I managed to pare it down to 3 boxes, and many of the others were donated, but I also have three new bookcases now containing books.

BC: I actually found out the shuttles were mostly for the weekend traffic; they were expecting 15,000 to 20,000 visitors, and there is just not enough parking for that many people. I drove up there on Monday the 5th and was allowed to park in the area reserved for Elders. I then hopped on a golf cart-sized shuttle which whisked me down the road to right in front of the Protocol tent where all the events took place. The music and dancing was worth the trip, and the tribe was very accommodating. I heard the weekend was a zoo, with all the rude tourists.
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2. BriarCraft
11:21 PM GMT on August 05, 2013
I find it disappointing about the requirement to take a shuttle bus to see the ocean-going canoes. It would be an interesting sight, but not interesting enough to spend an hour and a half, each way, on a shuttle bus. I've never seen them in person. It would be nice. But like you, I do my best to avoid crowds. That's why I left San Diego and came back to the PNW to retire. Peace and quiet trumps noisy, jossling, rude hordes any time.
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1. DHaupt
5:30 AM GMT on August 04, 2013
Dianna,

The famous physicist, Freeman Dyson, had a son George who was very different. He was basically a 1960s hippie who's dream in life was to build this enormous sea-going kayak. I read a very interesting biography about him several years ago written by Kenneth Brower with the title The Starship and the Canoe. The book actually discusses father and son and their relationship. The book parallels the father's concept and testing of a spaceship drive and how the son realized his dream for this gigantic kayak. The book has rave reviews on Amazon. I highly recommend it.
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Musings on daily events in my unremarkable life as a retired person who has found way too many things to do.