As a person who is out on the water, a couple hundred days a year or more, so far I am seeing the odd floating item of trash out in Indian Arm which is where I primarily goof around. Of course, I will alter course in a moment to go and grab anything I see bobbing around, but what about the things I can't see?
I've been growing more and more curious about microplastics in our oceans around the planet. So concerned, I have become that now I'm looking to test the waters I frolic in to see just how far the epidemic has travelled. Luckily, there are others who have got there first. Here is a collection of some of the articles I've found that pertain to microplastics in our very own home town of Vancouver, BC.
Truly, there isn't anything in my life that isn't cured by salt water. Tears, sweat or the sea... salt water has it all run on a common theme. No matter what the challenge, one of those three forms of salt water will cure it. It's a guarantee.
Today, it was the sea.
Whenever I have a challenge in life... you know, one of those challenges like a change of direction down a long hallway. You can't see around the bend. It's impossible to see what's coming next. If there's anything I've learned about myself over the years, it's that I hate not being able to see around corners. When I do feel that way, when I have a challenge in life and I feel I just can't see around the corner of it all, I turn to the sea.
I've been thinking a lot about my life out there when I'm on the water. No matter what I'm doing, or where I am in life, in my mind, I'm on the sea. It's the driving force behind most all of my motivation. It's what I'm always yearning to return to, from the moment I leave it.
Pictured Above: Tara & Ian Immell
The Curve of Time
By M. Wylie Blanchet
My father gave me this book when I was just a little girl. I found it then, just as I do now, to be such an incredible true story of a woman out on the sea. It certainly ended up being a major inspiration for me and a book I have read dozens of times throughout my life so far.
It's a memoir written by a woman who lost her husband, and subsequently took their five children out on their 25 foot cruiser, The Caprice during a time when most women didn't do such things. During the 1920's and the 1930's, Wylie explored the waters of British Columbia ever summer for fifteen years with her five growing children in tow. The book is written as if it's one summer of their journeys, and was published by the authoress when she was in her 70's in 1961. At times, she was almost chasing on the heels of many of the same areas that Emily Carr had visited just a decade before her adventures. Often they would follow the trail of Captain George Vancouver travelling all around the west coast of Vancouver Island and as far up the Inside Passage as Cape Caution.
HI, I'M KATE
A Captain's daughter, who became a Captain's wife. I remain always, a mermaid out of water looking to get straight back to the sea, whenever possible.