Arrow-right Camera

The Spokesman-Review Newspaper The Spokesman-Review

Sunday, July 5, 2020  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
Clear Night 67° Clear

Outdoors blog

College kayakers live sheltered lives

Western Washington University students out for an overnight sea-kayaking trip to Lummi Island improvise a group shelter out of ground cloths and tent rain flies after they realized they'd forgotten the poles to their tents. (Hillary Landers)
Western Washington University students out for an overnight sea-kayaking trip to Lummi Island improvise a group shelter out of ground cloths and tent rain flies after they realized they'd forgotten the poles to their tents. (Hillary Landers)

CAMPING -- Parents love getting notes from their kids indicating they're capable of dealing with adversity -- especially when they maintain their smile while making lemonade from lemons, and inflict comfort and happiness on people around them.

Here's a recent email message from my youngest daughter, Hillary, who works with the Outdoor Program at Western Washington University.

"I just got back from a wonderrrful kayak trip to Lummi Island, and I was an official leader so I even got paid 90 bucks! We saw  4 river otters frolicking today, as well as a PORPOISE and seals galore!
 
"We forgot the tent poles, so we had to be innovative and practice our tarpology skills... with the help of the throw ropes and some paddles, we managed to make a mansion out of rain flies and ground cloths! 
 
"My chocolate sea pudding with the Turkish washcloth seaweed thickener was a big hit :)


Rich Landers
Rich Landers joined The Spokesman-Review in 1977. He is the Outdoors editor for the Sports Department writing and photographing stories about hiking, hunting, fishing, boating, conservation, nature and wildlife and related topics.

Follow Rich online:




Go to the full Outdoors page