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Harbor Lights A Note from the Publisher This is the season that every island destination gears up for; when boaters and travelers get out and start exploring our island wonderland. Share your summer adventures with us by going to our blog and submitting your comments to our editor Susan Colby. We want to hear about your experiences. We are also having a Photo Contest, so get your cameras out and send us your best shot! Details are on our Facebook page. The summer issue will take you to the Harmony Islands on the Sunshine Coast of British Columbia; salmon fishing for Pinks in Puget Sound and through a historical exhibit at the Royal BC museum in Victoria. Other features include a close look at the “Opening Day” of boating season at the Seattle Yacht Club and a personal tour of the Westcott Cidery and San Juan Island Distillery in Roche Harbor. Our summer flyaways provide exciting destination ideas in Parksville on Vancouver Island, Victoria’s Inner Harbour and the spectacular Olympic Peninsula. Summer is a great time to take your boat up into the many islands of the Salish Sea and bring your friends up on a seaplane to visit. Kenmore Air has flights scheduled all summer and charters are always available. It’s a great way to start a summer vacation in the Pacific Northwest. Be sure to take time to visit some of our advertisers and support their businesses; without them we would not be able to bring you this beautiful publication. Have a safe and adventurous summer! Enjoy the magazine, your journey and your destination.

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in the world around them and loves to share what they have. Keep up the good work and I look forward to the next issue! Cheers! Penny Talbot MV Malahide, British Columbia Hawaii Resident Flies Kenmore Air to Blackfish Lodge After Reading Article in HARBORS magazine Wonderful magazine…would never have gone to Blackfish Lodge without that great article... Harry Bjornson Hauula, HI Boaters Use Seaplanes for “Quick Trip” Transportation We took our boat up to Desolation Sound last summer and it was nice to be able to take a quick Kenmore Air flight home to see our first grandchild born. We keep HARBORS on the boat… Nancy and Tom Emory Seattle, WA Tacoma Announces New Seaplane Dock The installation of the long awaited Seaplane landing float at the North End of the Thea Foss Waterway will soon be a reality…late May, early June. This might be a good story for HARBORS magazine. The dock is a project of the Tacoma Waterfront Association and the Foss Waterway Development Authority, and will be attached to an existing dock at the north end of the waterway near Thea’s Park. We look

forward to having seaplanes use the dock to get in and out of the Tacoma waterfront. Stan Sellen Board Member Tacoma Waterfront Association Tacoma, WA Sisters Discover Brentwood Bay Resort, Near Sidney, BC I saw an ad for Brentwood Bay Resort in one of your HARBORS magazine and decided it would be the perfect getaway. I had planned to go with a friend, but she couldn’t make it so I took my sister, Amber who lives in Bellingham. I would have loved to take a Seaplane but we wanted a car so we drove by ferry to Sidney, BC. When we arrived at the resort we were greeted with a complimentary glass of champagne which was very impressive. The room and the restaurant were awesome. Victoria was only 20 minutes away. Amber and I had some great sister time. It was totally fun! What a great location we are definitely planning to go back. BTW great mag… great ideas for places to go! Mallory and Amber Hagel Seattle and Bellingham, WA

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Gunkholing Around Harmony Islands

By Jan Ross

Exploring the Sunshine Coast It’s the quiet you notice first. Even before the lush growth of dark green evergreen trees, the granite slopes scoured by glaciers, the snow topped mountains, and the waterfalls catch your attention. It’s the quiet. As we cruised along the gorgeous Sunshine Coast of British Columbia in our comfortable Un-Cruise Adventures yacht, the Safari Quest, we heard a few seabirds calling to each other, but that was the only sound as the smooth, emerald water peeled away from the bow, leading us to explore these beautiful islands. We were “gunkholing” – a term used in boating circles to describe a style of boat16


ing, meandering from place to place seeking out isolated anchorages. In addition, we were seeking places to kayak, hike, view wildlife and just enjoy the location. The Harmony Islands are tucked away on the east side of Hotham Sound, off Jervis Inlet in British Columbia. The Harmony Islands Marine Provincial Park covers the southernmost of the four Harmony Islands, the smaller northernmost island and most of the inside foreshore. There is no road access to the area so they are a boater’s paradise, with warm water for swimming, snorkeling, kayaking, fishing and observing wildlife. Kenmore

Air flies charters into several remote areas in the region, where is it possible to rent a boat to explore this coast. From tiny Egmont, where we had docked for a brief walk, we made our way up the coast to the Skookumchuck Rapids that line the entrance to the channel leading to the Harmony Islands. Dr. Campbell Balmer, a Vancouver dentist who purchased the islands in 1932, named these islands. He sold them during World War II, and in 1992, a part of the island group became the Provincial Marine Park. The Safari Quest paused at the entrance to the rapids, just long enough to launch a skiff for those adventur-

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Purple starfish majesty cling to rocks in Jervis Inlet. ers in the group who wanted to brave the rapids for photos and a mild, white water experience. Hardy kayakers were riding the rapids and shouting with excitement as their kayaks threatened to capsize from the waves. The surrounding soaring mountains watched placidly as they have watched the Sechelt First Nations people traverse these same rapids for hundreds of years. Our adventurers back on board, we headed past the Provincial Park towards the Jervis Inlet, gliding along on the dark green water, as smooth as molten metal. The water was so glassy that the reflections of the surrounding mountains, left behind when glaciers scoured their way through the countryside millions of years ago, were clearly reflected in the water, almost like an underwater world of duplicate mountains.



Harbor seals and river otters floated past, poking their heads up to gaze at us inquisitively unafraid and unabashedly lazy as they lounged in the warm sun. We heard one of the many waterfalls that line the sides of the mountain in the spring and summer before we saw it, soaring hundreds of meters to the top of the mountain, carrying snowmelt down to the inlet. A bald eagle soared above us in the cloudless, dark blue sky, checking out these intruders in his domain as we neared the end of the channel and anchored in tranquil Jervis Inlet. It was time to explore more thoroughly, what we had seen from our yacht so the skiff was relaunched, and we suited up in our bright orange life jackets. The quiet was again noticeable as we pushed away from the launching platform and relished the warm sun on our faces. Paddling closer to

the rocks, we could see the striations where the glacier had scored it millenniums ago. Then we noticed the starfish – an incredible number of bright purple starfish clustered everywhere, both under and above the water. They were clumped into large and small clusters, clinging to the rocks above and below the water. Those above the water would need to wait patiently until the water returned to cover them, gradually drying out more and more until some would lose their grip and splash down into the water. Back on board, we headed out of the channel into the Strait of Georgia, where we spotted a colony of sea lions lounging on a rock outcropping. A few minutes later, we spotted a black and white orca in the distance, silhouetted against the soaring, snow tipped mountains. Then we realized there


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(Top to Bottom) Seagulls in Jervis Inlet. Holding a Starfish in Jervis Inlet. Sea Lions.



were actually three orcas – a mother, young male and a baby. Drawing close, we saw a lone sea lion in the water with the killer whales. It appeared he had ventured a little too far from the colony we had seen a few miles back and been trapped by these predators. The killer whales began to play a deadly game with the sea lion. Every time he tried to escape, they would circle around and pen him in. They could have killed him in an instant but they played a terrifying game of cat-andmouse, possibly teaching the baby whale about hunting. For the next half hour, we watched as the three orcas circled the sea lion, driving him back to the middle when he tried to escape and even brushing up against him as they cavorted around him. Finally, the orcas seemed to tire of that game and moved in for the kill, smashing down on the sea lion, forcing him down under the water repeatedly with their tails and their huge bodies. Each time the sea lion reappeared, it seemed to be more and more exhausted, just floating on the water, flippers trailing as the killers toyed with it. We were equally horrified and mesmerized by the spectacle. Finally, there was huge splash as the largest orca came down on top of the sea lion and bore him down underwater. For a few minutes, there was complete silence. From the calm appearance of the water and the sun shining out of a cloudless blue sky, you would never have known that deep under the water, the sea lion was dying. Finally, the orcas reappeared with the dead sea lion in pieces in their jaws. They swam away from the boat sounded, disappearing underwater. We had entered the area in the quiet of nature. Now it was we who were quiet, mulling over everything we had seen as the green water quietly purled past the hull, eternal mountains looming in the distance. The Kenmore Air Destination Magazine



Opening Day By Marianne Scott

Rites of Spring, Seattle Yacht Club’s Opening Day Bustling Seattle is best known for its airplane manufacturing, high-tech industry, the 605-foot Space Needle and Pike Place Market. But on the first Saturday in May each year, recreational boating dominates the town. Hosted since 1920 by the Seattle Yacht Club (SYC), Opening Day attracts yachties from more than 40 clubs who arrive from as far north as Vancouver and throughout Puget Sound. We sailed our 41-foot sailboat, Beyond the Stars, from Victoria, braved the “big” Hiram M. Chittenden Lock built in 1911, and waited for several low bridges to lift their steel jaws before we joined the multi-day celebration. In pre-Christian times, May Day was a joyous fertility rite celebrating the end 22


of winter and hoping for great harvests. Whole communities exchanged gifts, donned their traditional costumes and danced around decorated maypoles in village squares. The Romans adopted these festivals, which later became popular throughout Europe. Seattle Yacht Club’s Opening Day shows remarkable parallels with these spring customs, although no maidens are sacrificed to agricultural gods, nor is Stravinsky’s Le Sacre du Printemps performed. Instead, club members and throngs of guests prepare for the boating season. Traditional costumes also abound—for official functions, yachties wear white trousers or skirts topped by navy blazers emblazoned by yacht-club crests.

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Again this year, SYC’s Admiral Tyler Ellison, Vice Admiral Michael Carrosino and Admiralette Gina Purdy wore the fanciest togs. Their formal attire includes a military mess jacket, white skirt or trousers, bicorne hat and enough gold braid and epaulettes to outshine Lord Horatio Nelson. Their two small dogs even wore the same hats associated with Napoleon Bonaparte. Earlier in the spring this trio served as SYC’s ambassadors and roved around the Salish Sea inviting other yacht clubs to send members to Seattle’s Opening Day ceremonies. SYC volunteers organize all these activities. The event involves 33 committees; it is the largest line item in the Club’s annual budget and includes dock and boom rental, liability insurance and food functions. The city of Seattle offers no financial assistance but contributes by keeping the Montlake Bridge open for several hours. The Club is extremely proud of its opening day traditions. These ceremonies are held throughout the world, but only Venice’s parade is larger— although Venetians use commercial gondolas to inflate the numbers. “It’s all about making connections and pulling communities together,” said Admiralette Gina Purdy. “We build relationships. Opening Day is a family affair.” The Club rents log booms and anchors them in two straight lines in Lake Washington. Hundreds of local yachts stern tie to these logs. Each boat seems to host whole families, neighbors and friends, coolers filled with libations encourage the holidaymakers to cheer—and sometimes jeer—the passing yachts. In keeping with each year’s theme— Hawaii in 2013—individuals and groups decorate their boats and compete for prizes, while boatless families spread blankets on the shores of Montlake Cut— the canal connecting Lake Union and Lake Washington—and spend hours watching and picnicking, perhaps dreaming of yachts they may someday own. Media helicopters hover

above the parade and cable TV telecasts the festivities. The Opening Day festivities start with the Windermere Rowing Cup competition on Montlake Cut. In 2013, more than 800 rowers from the University of Washington, the Puget Sound area, Canada and Ivy Leaguers from Dartmouth and Cornell Universities strained their muscles to skim over the water. Fans lined the canal’s sloping banks to cheer their favorite team while UW’s purple-clad band oom-pah-pahed encouragement. After the rowing competition ended, the parade of vessels began in Portage Bay, traversed Montlake Cut and wound up in Lake Washington. An 82-foot Coast Guard cutter officially opened the pageant. This year, HMCS Oriole, the Canadian Navy’s sail-training ship, flying a spinnaker, followed, trailed by hundreds of different yachts. Among them were cheerfully decorated sailboats, sleek fiberglass powerboats and vintage yachts displaying the boxy

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designs of yesteryear that require buckets of gleaming varnish and weeks of work to stay in shape. Several clubs performed intricate maneuvers in front of judges hoping to win a coveted trophy. From the crowd, a megaphone order came to us on Beyond the Stars to “do a 360.” We complied and turned pirouettes several times to loud approbation by the onlookers. When all the yachts had passaged through the Cut, the city’s fireboat Chief Seattle, spouting huge roostertails of water, concluded the parade. An Ancient Tradition Not surprisingly, opening day ceremonies grew out British traditions and, at least initially, the love of kings for their megayachts. We might think today’s superyachts are modern inventions, but pleasure craft measuring 100 feet or more have been around since the time of Cleopatra, whose sumptuous barge with gilded stern and purple linen sails wowed the populace and beguiled Anthony. Until the 18th century, yachts were reserved for royalty as a symbol of power, wealth and pomp. When the Industrial Revolution generated great wealth, nouveau riche industrialists joined the sport of kings. The first club to add “yacht” to its name was an offshoot of the “gentleman’s” clubs popular in 19th-century London. Simply called “The Yacht Club,” its members sailed to the Isle of Wight and engaged in ersatz-naval parades. The club became “royal” after George IV joined; steam-powered yachts became acceptable when Queen Victoria insisted on owning one. From her vessel, the Queen reviewed her parading fleet during “Opening Day” and gave birth to a tradition. The development of fiberglass and mass production now allows many of us “commoners” to own a pleasure craft. And that has enabled the SYC to host its annual Opening Day, one that grows each year and delights thousands from around the Salish Sea. 26



Favorite Destinations from Northwest Boaters

1) A favorite destination for Gig Harbor residents Mike and Allyson Mandick is Shallow Bay in Sucia. They leave their Meridian Sol Desire anchored while they take “great hikes and exciting dinghy rides viewing the islands’ natural stone sculptures.” 2) Victoria cruiser Steve White likes to take his Pacific Trawler, Autumn Breeze II, to Conover Cove, near Ladysmith BC. “It’s a place where I can drop anchor, tie my boat’s stern to shore and watch the sun go down.” 3) “Roche Harbor on San Juan Island is a country club on the water,” said Grant Rauzi, who lives in Seattle. “We point our 38-foot Sea Ray, Irrepressible, to its great guest docks and terrific amenities. The history of the hotel and lime kiln is fascinating.” 4) Trish Lapp sails big distances from Victoria on her Catalina 47, Exodus. She recalls with fondness a visit to Serpentine Island, near Calvert Island’s Hakai. “It’s completely isolated and on a sunny day, it appears tropical. And the trees are gnarled having been shaped by many ocean storms. It’s magic.” 5) Carmen Derricott, Royal Vancouver Yacht Club’s manager, often sails her Catalina 36, Chinook, to Thetis Island’s Telegraph Harbour. “It’s quaint, tranquil and has great hiking trails. And we love taking the dinghy into Clam Bay.” 6)“Ganges on Salt Spring,” said Gig Harbor resident, Linda Anderson, who sails a 42-foot Tayana, Fidalgo. “It’s such a fun, funky place and I love the Saturday Market. It’s a cozy village that has everything a boater could want—hardware, restaurants, supermarket and local art.” 7) Tacoma’s Steve and Lisa Tank steer their CHB Europa Sedan 42, Island Song, toward Victoria whenever they can. “There are so many things to do, walks around the harbor with all those buskers and artists, the Maritime Museum, great food, the harbor ferry—it’s a great landing place.” 8) The Broughtons’ Cordero Bay near Blind Bay is Redmond native Tom

Isaacson’s best place. He and his family cruise on a McQueen 47-foot trawler, Callaloo. “It’s a unique spot, very private. And at low tide, we can watch the seals park their blubber on the rocks.”

9) When Gwen Ellison leaves Seattle in her Grand Banks 36, Kama Aina, she heads for Todd Inlet, part of Saanich Inlet. “It’s quiet and it’s one great place to view the Milky Way. And it’s the backdoor to Butchart Gardens, its beautiful blooms and astonishing fireworks.” 10) Isabel Bay off Malaspina Strait is Randy Holbrook’s treasured destination. “I take my family in our Morris 48-foot sailboat, Plein Air, from Seattle to that tranquil spot,” he explained. “It’s got the Laughing Oyster restaurant; it’s swimmable and offers good fishing.” The Kenmore Air Destination Magazine



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This year, through October 14, the Royal British Columbia Museum in Victoria presents an historical exhibit entitled The Race to the South Pole. The American Museum of Natural History designed this exhibit in collaboration with the Royal British Columbia Museum and the Musée des Confluence in Lyon, France. In addition, The Royal BC Museum conservator, Jan Stefans, lived in the Antarctic for two six months periods, conserving and preserving Scott’s hut, which remains there as it was one hundred years ago. One of the cornerstones of the exhibit, a replica of that hut, contrasted with Amundsen’s ice cave workshop, illustrates the

philosophies of these two men with different motives and means, but with the same opportunity. How they differed, once they arrived, is this exhibit’s theme. Born in 1868 of a seafaring British family, Robert Falcon Scott first put to sea at age thirteen as a Royal Navy cadet. Eighteen years later, hoping to expand his horizons, Scott applied to lead an expedition to explore Antarctica, though, as he later wrote, “… I had no predilection for polar exploration.” On the other hand, Norwegian Roald Amundsen dreamed of polar exploration as a teen-ager. At the age of 34, he had become the first man to

captain a ship through the Northwest Passage. For him, to reach the North Pole was the ultimate adventure, but the South Pole would have to do. Your visit takes you there barely a century later. Entering the exhibit, visitors receive a “character card” which allows them to follow an original explorer as he makes his way across the Antarctic. The character will be a man from either expedition. Progressing through the exhibit, Scott’s and Amundsen’s pocket watches are on display, as is a violin belonging to one of the Norwegians. Next is the replica of a portion of Scott’s fifty-foot-long hut. This de-

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Amundsen’s men dug an extensive network of tunnels under the snow, including a bathroom and even a sauna. This re-creation shows an underground workroom where his crew was able to work on gear away from the extreme winter cold. © AMNH/D. Finnin piction of the British living quarters best contrasts Scott and Amundsen’s means to an end. Scott’s sixty-four men had sailed with tons and tons of equipment and supplies. These included motorized sledges (welcome to the 20th century!), one of which broke through the ice and sank as Scott prepared camp. He also brought 19 ponies, nine of which were lost on the first day in Antarctica. Some of the wooden hut’s walls are also visible. These were constructed of crates of supplies, including British biscuits, meat products, and many other goods. Scott’s expedition was very expensive, indeed. A few feet away, Amundsen’s quarters appear very different; a rectangular ice cave, like those carved out of the Antarctic’s permanent ice. The cave in the exhibit is a workshop where the Norwegians worked on sledges, shaved skis to reduce their 30


weight and used many other tools to perform maintenance. Only eighteen men accompanied the Norwegian and their food was also much more nutritious and digestible than the British rations. Their clothing was designed after the Inuit clothing Amundsen had studied while living among the Eskimos during his trip through the Northwest Passage. Three years in the Arctic had taught him much about survival. Rather than motorized sledges, dogs drew theirs, one of which is on display and the number of dogs was calculated to eventually, toward the end of the journey, provide food for the surviving dogs and men. Amundsen suffered no illusions about the dangers they would face. Though both men had personal motives for this expedition, Scott had broader motives—scientific goals that included biological, geological and meteorological tracking and

measuring. This, of course, required more men and equipment. Twelve of Scott’s crew were scientists whose experiments are detailed at various stations of the exhibit. During the winter of 1911, three of these scientists journeyed in search of Emperor Penguin eggs. The penguins in the exhibit are rather imposing. This section includes numerous original artifacts from both expeditions, including a surviving Norwegian sledge, Amundsen’s chronometer, his shotgun, goggles, a compass and even pony snowshoes from Scott’s team. At the heart of the exhibit is a small dome with a panoramic photograph of the icy region surrounding the South Pole. Here, too are Amundsen’s binoculars inscribed with the date of his arrival, December 14, 1911. From his base camp, Amundsen had taken five men, four sledges and fifty-two dogs—some to pull, some The Kenmore Air Destination Magazine





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(1) Scott on skis near Cape Evans, 1911. © AMNH Library (2) Sledges were crucial means of transport for polar explorers and carried the men’s food, fuel, clothing, and sleeping bags. © AMNH/D. Finnin (3) This prefabricated igloo is a light and aerodynamic portable hut nicknamed “The Apple”. © AMNH/D. Finni (4) Unlike Amundsen, who used dogs exclusively, Scott’s exploration and scientific teams usually man-hauled their heavily-laden sledges, often over great distances. © Bettmann/CORBIS (5) Amundsen’s Chronometer: Amundsen and his men brought nine chronometers—very accurate timepieces—with them, including six watches like the one shown.. © AMNH/C. Chesek


to rest, and some to become food. Their rations equaled about 4,700 calories per day, which is about what they burned. All five returned alive. In the same dome is a replica of the Norwegian’s black tent and a photograph of Scott and his team, standing forlorn, perhaps even devastated, next to that tent—a month too late. From his base camp, Scott had taken 16 men, 12 sledges, two motor sledges, 22 dogs and enough food to provide 4,600 calories per day, per man. Unfortunately, they burned about 7,000 calories per day. Only five men would make the final push to the pole. None would return alive. This dome gives a sense of the isolation they must have felt. Beyond the dome lies the final portion of the exhibit, which features a contemporary igloo used by Antarctic scientists today. It is equipped for survival in the world’s harshest environment. Here, too, are interactive stations, informative for the young and old alike. Also on display are artifacts from Scott and Kathleen O’Reilly, a woman he met while he lived in Victoria in 1890. A very social young woman, she had kept her dance cards, with Scott’s name appearing several times, especially for the waltzes. She also kept letters from him. Scott’s dog handler, Cecil Meares, had to leave Antarctica before the final trek began. He eventually settled in Victoria and several of his possessions have been donated to the museum. Most important among these is Meares’ pennant, which he flew on his sledge. Each member of Scott’s entourage had a personal pennant and a rare few survived. This one is part of the museum’s permanent archival collection. The Royal British Columbia Museum offers a rare opportunity to see artifacts from one of the world’s great explorations while you explore a bit of Victoria. www. The Kenmore Air Destination Magazine



Hawk and Suzy Pingree are the driving force behind the San Juan Islands Distillery

San Juan Island Distillery and Westcott Bay Cider “Fire in the hole!” rings out in the misty afternoon, followed by a loud bang blasting from the miniature cannon manned by Hawk Pingree, one of the three partners of the San Juan Islands Distillery in Roche Harbor. A round of applause follows as the proud buyer of a bottle of Spy Hop Harvest Select Navy Strength Gin swipes his credit card in the Square card reader, a big grin on his face. There’s a story behind that particular gin, just as there are stories behind every bottle of spirits and cider at the Distillery and Westcott Bay Cider. With climate conditions identical 34


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to those of Normandy, France where farmers produce traditional hard ciders and the fine French brandy called Calvados, the island is a natural home for the burgeoning boutique hard cider industry. Hard cider, called cider in Britain, cidre in France and sidre in Spain, had all but disappeared from the American beverage scene until a little over 15 years ago. Since then, several ciderworks, including Westcott Bay Cider, which is the second oldest cidery in Washington, have resurrected the fine art and the general public is slowly becoming aware of this refreshing alternative to beer.

When Suzy and Hawk, retired communications professors from Wisconsin visited France on sabbatical, they developed a taste for Calvados, a mature apple brandy. While visiting Suzy’s sister on San Juan Island several years ago, they happened upon Richard Anderson’s apple orchard and immediately said, “Why isn’t that guy making apple brandy with those beautiful apples?” And the rest, as they say, is history. Calvados is the reason behind the distillery, but brandy needs a minimum of three years to age. The first batch is being carefully taste-tested periodically The Kenmore Air Destination Magazine



by the partners and still has at least a year to go. From the start, Suzy and Hawk were impatient and decided that while they waited for their brandy to mature, they would turn their hands to other spirits, the primary one being an apple alcohol-based gin. The distillery and cidery is in a fair sized, unassuming barn less than a mile from Roche Harbor, within easy walking distance for yachties. Because it is both a distillery and a cidery, areas must be separated from one another. In one area are the large stainless cider fermentation tanks and apple press, in another the 55-gallon oak aging barrels. In yet another are the showstoppers – a 200-liter hand-beaten copper Adolf Adrian pot still and a 30-liter copper Portuguese pot still. What is most striking about these spirits and cider is the passion and care that goes into them. Hawk is a fountain of knowledge about the technical processes used in brewing both the ciders and the gin. A true educator, he imparts his knowledge to visitors in ways that are fun and easy to understand. Explaining why a cider is dry, he said, “It’s dead dry because the yeast ate all the sugar.” And even though he gives his talks repeatedly, his passion for the process doesn’t dwindle. Suzy is the lead distiller and her creativity is unlimited. “We use the small still for our seasonal gins,” Suzy said, as these micro-batches allow her to try out different combinations and flavors. Her enthusiasm bubbles up as she describes the flavors and the joy she gets from creating her gins. She starts with the traditional juniper berry (or it wouldn’t be gin!), cardamom, star anise, orris root, lemon peel. But that’s where the similarities to commercially-produced gins end. For the Pingrees, it’s all about local. The addition of locally-grown and foraged botanicals that reflect the essence of the Island is what makes these gins stand apart. Surprising additions include Madrone bark for a spicy touch, lavender from Pelindaba Lavender Farm 36



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and the small wild roses that in spring, festoon the local roads with color. Kari Kosti, a local Islander who hand-crafts herbal tonics and seaweed healers, works alongside Suzy. They warn that when they are driving around the island, they are not looking at the roads but are looking off into the forests for new botanicals for the next Spy Hop Gin seasonal creation. Summertime is berry season and Suzy adds sweet thimbleberries or foraged elderflowers. In fall, plump, purple salal berries add a citrusy note on the finish. In winter, the Spy Hop Gin is 38


barrel-aged in oak barrels from Chateau St. Michelle and in spring, you can expect a bright green note from stinging nettles. On a recent visit to the Distillery and Tasting Room, which is open most weekend afternoons, the tasting areas were staffed by not only the elder Pingrees, but also their two daughters and sons-in-law, who all pitch in to help. Both daughters live on the “mainland” and spend most weekends on the Island. In between directing the hoards of visitors to the self-guided tour around the plant, Haley says her parents have always been creative and avows, “I will never be as cool as my parents.” And sister Paisley agrees. In the cider tasting area, Haley’s husband Peter leads a group of guests through a tasting, describing the flavors and how to best pair the drier or sweeter ciders with food. For instance, he suggests drinking the very dry cider with oily foods like salmon or rich cheese and pairing the slightly sweet one with spicy foods. At a different tasting station, Hawk describes the types of apples - vintage apples with wonderful names like Kingston Black, Yarlington Mill, Dabinett and Sweet Coppin. Then suggests a short walk down the road to see Richard’s orchard overlooking Westcott Bay, where it all started. About those stories mentioned earlier? Take a trip to Roche Harbor and visit the tasting room. There’s no charge; “that would be unfriendly.” You will be regaled with stories and come away with an in-depth understanding of distilling and brewing, provided by two passionate educators. Celebrating our 28th Year

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Bauhaus-Inspired Kirkland Waterfront Home

Aerial view. (Inset) Homeowner, Per Nielsen.

The Kirkland, Washington home of Per Nielsen is a testament to his sense of order and organization, his Danish heritage, his respect of the Bauhaus philosophy and his love of the outdoors and spectacular views of Lake Washington. The waterfront house takes advantage of its southern and western exposures through large windows, a “view-through-walls” floor plan, minimalistic landscaping between the home and lake – and a complete lack of window coverings, which he describes as “too compressing.” In the Bauhaus tradition of “functionality over features,” the home is

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dramatically simple and tastefully understated, with the same wideplank oak flooring, oak cabinetry, granite countertops and color scheme throughout. A former Microsoft project manager who grew up outside Copenhagen, Nielsen describes himself as a “very involved client” of Seattle-area architect Susan Busch, with whom he collaborated on the design of the 3,470 square-foot waterfront house. In 1998, Nielsen defined his requirements for the home, which was a total remodel of one of several houses in a former family compound. He accompanied his written requirements with 29 photographs of features and details that he had seen in other homes and that he wished to have incorporated into his own. After interviewing five architects, he selected Busch, who Nielsen describes as an excellent listener willing to engage in a dialog with her client. The project took two years to complete. Apparently, the connection and collaboration between the two is mutual; he and Busch have since collaborated on another remodeled home, located on a nearby hillside. The main floor demonstrates Nielsen’s determination to feel connected to the 22 mile-long lake. Painted steel posts were used to minimize the need for load-bearing walls, allowing a virtually uninterrupted view from the atrium front entryway through the living room. Similarly, his home-office space is defined by a low wraparound counter with cabinets below, allowing him to enjoy the southern and western views through the adjacent great room. The great room features distinctively different fireplaces at both ends. To the south is a freestanding Danish woodburning unit; to the north, a unique under-counter gas fireplace that minimally divides the living room and great room. Nielsen’s kitchen, while seemingly

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dominated by a large granite-topped island, was designed to accommodate his requirement to be able to move around easily, as well as to accommodate party guests, who as he points out “always gather in the kitchen.” His use of the same light granite for counters throughout the house further reflects his simple, functional approach to design. He points out that flecks in the stone match the paint used on the steel posts and the open staircase that leads to the second floor. Nielsen says the colors for the steel and the walls match those of a snail he observed when visiting the U.S. Virgin Islands. Large glass doors lead from the great room to a covered deck, which looks across Japanese-inspired landscaping to the lake. Much like his approach to the design of the home itself, Nielsen provided his requirements to a landscape-design firm that drew up the plans. But in a change of heart, he purchased the plans and did the installation himself, with the help of his son, 50


friends and a rental Bobcat. Ironically, the owner of 60 feet of prime waterfront and a dock does not own a boat or particularly enjoy boating. A former competitive swimmer, and dedicated runner and cyclist, he’s spent time in pools training for triathlons, but Nielsen admits he finds little joy in swimming in the lake for recreation or refreshment. Upstairs, he identifies a space outside the master suite as “his favorite place” in the house, but says he doesn’t really know how else to label it. However, he does offer to look at the blueprints to see what Busch called it. The name aside, it features an impressive view to the south, with a glass door leading to a small deck. An adjacent room includes a steel spiral staircase, which is the only “relic” of the original house. It leads to a small turret, comprising an exercise/ reading room with the same spectacular views to the west and south. The master suite is a reminder that

Nielsen does not have a single curtain or shade on any of his home’s seemingly countless windows, offering further testament to his near-obsession with staying connected to the outdoors. Occasional early-morning visits by the University of Washington’s rowing teams or a view of a Kenmore Air seaplane landing on Lake Washington underscore the variety of activities that he can witness on this stretch of the 34 square-mile ribbon lake. The master bathroom is what he describes as his “favorite design in the house.” It is spacious, functional and – of course – includes priceless views of the lake from both the jetted tub and shower. Nielsen’s original requirements for his Holmes Point home were based largely on two simple principles: to be open toward the water and closed toward the neighboring homes. One visit to the house says that the mission was not only accomplished, but with memorable results.

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Seattle’s South Lake Union Neighborhood, home of Kenmore Air’s Seaplane Terminal.

Duke Moscrip’s Famous Chowder House By Rebecca Agiewich What started as a lark changed the face, and name, of Duke’s Bar and Grill. Back in the mid-eighties, Duke Moscrip and the then chef from Duke’s Bar and Grill entered the Seattle Chowder Cook Off and went on to win it by a landslide, three years in a row. Surprisingly, at that time, they didn’t even have a chowder on the 52


menu. Eventually, contest officials politely asked Moscrip to retire so that others could have a shot. “My grandfather made chowder in New England and he was a great cook,” says Moscrip “I thought, let’s give New England clam chowder a try.” It wasn’t until the third year of the Cook Off that Moscrip’s now-famous

chowder made it onto the Duke’s menu. “The chef said it was way too much work,” says Moscrip. Concocting the creamy chowder became second nature, and it eventually landed a starring role on the menu and the marquee. Duke’s Bar and Grill became Duke’s Chowder House, with six locations around Puget Sound and five different chowder recipes.

One of the Best Decks in the City : Fly into Seattle on Kenmore Air, and you’re just a mile from Duke’s South Lake Union location, with its sought-after deck. “This is one of the best decks in the city,” says Moscrip. “On a sunny summer day, our business quadruples.” And no wonder. The deck offers up ringside seats to Lake Union’s glories. The scenic hustle and bustle of boats and seaplanes, yachts bobbing quietly at anchor. And let’s not forget those pink and orange sunsets that streak the summer sky. Combine all that with a delicious happy-hour “Duketail,” such as the Killer Cherry Mojito or the Blueberry Lemon Drop, paired with the Fresh Dungeness Crab Slider and you’ve got the makings of a perfect Seattle evening.

Bustling South Lake Union: Duke’s South Lake Union is a convenient lunch spot too. “It’s right in the middle of the city, and a great place for people to meet for events,” says Moscrip. “There are a lot of business people around, and a lot more things going on here now.” He’s referring to the growth of South Lake Union, fueled by the relocation of Amazon’s headquarters there in 2010. The neighborhood is bursting with new businesses, restaurants and residences. Duke’s has been in South Lake Union since 1989 and holds its own among the profusion of hip new eateries in this once-sleepy neighborhood. You don’t flourish for decades in the Seattle restaurant world unless you’ve got great business smarts, combined with top-notch food and consummate The Kenmore Air Destination Magazine



Duke’s Award Winning Clam Chowder Yield: 1 Quart 1 lb IQF (individually quick frozen) Surf Clams (all natural) 1 ½ c clam juice 1 oz clam base 4 strips bacon (nitrite free) 4 oz (1 stick) butter 2 c diced celery 2 c diced onion ½ tsp fresh basil 1 tsp dried thyme ½ tsp dried marjoram ½ tsp black pepper 2 c diced red potatoes ½ oz garlic 2 tbsp dried parsley 1 tbsp fresh dill 4 oz flour 1 ½ c milk 2 ½ c heavy cream Blanch diced fresh baby red potatoes in boiling water (until tender). Cool and hold separately. Cook bacon in heavy bottomed saucepan until the bacon begins to crisp. Add butter, onions, celery. Saute until tender. Add flour, lower heat and cook for 7 minutes at 165 degrees. Mix and dissolve all clam base with clam juice separately. Add clam juice and base mixture. Add dairy products. Add herbs. Heat until almost boiling (185 degrees), blending with a wire whip. Add blanched red potatoes and clams. Simmer for 2 to 3 minutes at 185 degrees. Cool quickly and serve immediately. Taste chowder and realize you have just made the best Clam Chowder on the planet. Pour yourself a great tasting glass of wine. You deserve it. Enjoy.



customer service. Moscrip says his emphasis on the customer is key to the success of Duke’s. “One of the secrets is my interest in the guest first,” he says. Equally important is the respect he gives to his staff. Many of Duke’s employees stick around for a long time because it’s a good place to work. “Our ‘new chef ’ has been here for six years now,” he says jokingly. A happy staff makes for a welcoming and relaxed dining experience. At the Duke’s in South Lake Union, everyone seems to feel at home—from families wanting a fun night out to tourists sampling some of the best views and freshest seafood Seattle has to offer. Chowders and Wild Salmon Shine: So what to eat at Duke’s? Moscrip, of course, recommends one of the five chowders. You can’t go wrong with the clam chowder, seasoned to creamy perfection with parsley, marjoram, and dill, but the other chowders are tempting too. (Lobster Pernod Chowder, anyone?) Moscrip is also passionate about the wild Copper River Coho salmon he serves in a myriad of ways. The Chipotle Salmon Sandwich, he says, is “to die for.” You will never find farmed salmon on the menu and Moscrip personally heads to Alaska each year to oversee the fishing and processing of much of the restaurant’s seafood. Natural foods and sustainability are cornerstones of the Duke’s philosophy. “I believe that we have to be taking care of the planet. It doesn’t inconvenience us that much; buying things that are natural just make sense to me. I like the real thing.” So, it seems, do the Puget Sounders who’ve been flocking to his restaurants for years now with no sign of stopping. As one satisfied reviewer recently wrote on Yelp, “Duke’s anywhere is ALWAYS good.” The Kenmore Air Destination Magazine



Strait to Puget Pinks By Terry W. Sheely

The Smallest of the Pacific Salmon



She has a two-handed clench on the bucking rod, an expression that blinks from 9-year-old thrill to terror and in the next few frenzied minutes, she’ll stare in awe, mouth open, giggling, at her first salmon, dripping wet and wrapped in the blue mesh of her dad’s landing net. The fish is six-pounds, maybe more, small tight scales, a faint pink glowing on its flanks. She touches it tentatively, feels the cold of Puget Sound radiating from solid muscles, jumps when it flops and grins. And grins! That image from a couple of years ago is a warm spot in my memory and a big part of the reason why I love pink salmon and the odd-numbered years in which they return. In alternating years, Juan de Fuca Strait shoots a monster surge of salmon out of the Pacific and into Puget Sound. 2013 is that year. From July to September, saltwater from Sekiu to Seattle, Anacortes to Anderson Island

will morph into clusters of smokin’ hot salmon fishing destinations. That these salmon are pinks, aka humpies, and at 4 to 12 pounds, the smallest of our five Pacific salmon is only more reason to celebrate. The size is a perfect gateway to hooking beginners on salmon addiction. Pinks are scrappy, aggressive fish, flooding in by the millions, are a hoot when played and caught with trout rods, swim close to the surface in undulating packs marked by leapers, rollers and floppers, will make you a hero at the dinner table (if the fish is respectfully handled) and predictably will tickle kids, neophytes and sometimes-salmon seekers well, pink. Pinks Are a Digital Fleece-Age Appreciation Back in the Kodachrome flannel shirt era, when Puget Sound kings were king and silvers were thick, the smaller pinks were derided as lesser fish. There are still

a few king/coho purists, hold-outs who refuse to respect the Sound’s new summer salmon célèbre, but their salmon snobbery and priggish allegiance to day’s-gone-by are fading along with the era of swarming chinook and silvers. This is the summer of pinks, if for no other reason than overwhelming numbers. Consider: Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Department (WDFW) is predicting a Puget Sound run of 6.2 million pinks this year and that does not include the 9 million more that also migrate the Strait, but turn left through the San Juan and Gulf Islands toward mainland spawning rivers falling off the coast of southern British Columbia. If you need more incentive, consider convenience. We won’t have to travel to fish for humpies, they’re coming to us. Most Puget Sound pinks are zeroing in on population centers: Seattle, Tacoma, Everett, Anacortes and to get there, they must first run a gauntlet

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(Top to Bottom) Trolling for pinks off Everett. Comparison: Pink, Coho, King. Wading from shore can be productive in many areas of the Sound.



of historic salmon fishing hot spots— Sekiu, Port Angeles, Port Townsend, Hood Canal, Point No Point, and Possession Bar among others. When the pink surge hits these Juan de Fuca fishing ports, there will waiting lines at the cleaning tables and coolers packed with cold fillets. Inland, at the terminal end, Seattle’s wet metropolitan doorstep is expected to be ground zero for urban salmon with more than 1.3 million pinks predicted to crowd into the wavering shadow of skyscrapers on Elliott Bay. They will tease the pier casters in West Seattle and load the Duwamish/Green River from Harbor Island 30 miles upriver to the Highway 18 bridge east of Auburn. Everett and Mukilteo will be crammed with humpy hunters trolling in everything from 8-foot dinghies to 60-foot yachts to pick limits of four out of the 1.2 million pinks poking north toward the Skagit River and another million humpies nosing into the Snohomish/Skykomish rivers. A cove just south of Mukilteo historically becomes so crammed with pink salmon that it’s identified as “Humpy Hollow.” To the south Des Moines, Redondo and Tacoma anglers are banking on a prediction of 1.2 million swarming into Commencement Bay for the Puyallup River. Another and entirely new run of three-quarter million pinks is predicted to continue south from Vashon Island, around Point Defiance through The Tacoma Narrows past Gig Harbor and Steilacoom to funnel up the Nisqually River. To understand how rapidly pink salmon are taking over odd-year Puget Sound summers, consider that a little more than a decade ago, there was no significant runs of pinks in the Green or Puyallup and during the last run just two years ago, WDFW didn’t forecast any Nisqually River pinks. Twenty-four months later, they expect three-quarters of a million salmon in that South Sound river.

While we chuckle at the one explanation given by a WDFW biologist for the pink salmon eruption, “we don’t manage them,” there is growing evidence that pinks are filling in where falling numbers of steelhead and king salmon have left habitat gaps in natal rivers. To grasp how dominant pink salmon have become and how important to the odd-year Puget Sound fishery, compare those 6.2 million predicted pinks with WDFW’s chinook forecast for just 264,000 Puget Sound summerfall kings and 880,000 coho. Add it up and all of the summer king and silver salmon returning to Puget Sound this year will be less than just the one run of pinks coming to south Seattle’s Green River. This means that roughly five pinks are available for us to catch for every king and coho combined, which is why a lot of new anglers are discovering that catching plentiful pinks is more fun than not catching needle-in-a-haystack kings and silvers. And there’s a freezer-loading bonus: Because there is no shortage of pinks in most fishing areas, anglers are allowed to catch four pinks a day—twice the normal salmon limit. The meat is paler than the bright red of silvers and orange of kings, a bit delicate, requiring respectful handling. Immediately bleed and eviscerate the catch, wash off the blood and membrane and stash the fish in a chilly cooler. Never let cleaned humpies swash around in melted ice water while you continue fishing. Chill it with freezer packs, bury it in salt slurry or bag it and suspend above melted ice water. Whatever you do, don’t stash this delicate dinner centerpiece where the sun can pre-bake it. Bleed it, clean it and chill it and you’ll have dinner fit for the in-laws. Preparing for the Flood The first blush of pink action starts in July in western Juan de Fuca Strait, lighting up the small boat sport-fishing

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fleet at Sekiu and progressing steadily east, delivering a flood of pink salmon within range of boat trollers and shore casters. By September, schools will have encroached on every salmon nook in southern Hood Canal and the east side of Puget Sound. Boaters will be trolling daylight to dark and boatless anglers will be catching pinks by wading and casting from shallow beaches breakwater vantage points, and public piers at Edmonds, Mukilteo, Everett, West Seattle, Dash Point, and Tacoma. Late July into late-August is the prime season, with the Sound full of salmon acclimating before moving upriver into freshwater spawning areas. Pinks are gregarious creatures, traveling in large schools, often visible just under the surface and where you catch one—there are always more. And unless you’re a total maverick, you’ll catch them on a small pink lure. Pinks love to attack pink—that’s the ironic rule. Several local tackle manufacturers produce kits and lures specifically for the fishery. Silver Horde in Lynnwood, offers what they call a Pink 60


Katcher Kit built around a white 8-inch flasher, 16-inch leader and a micro-sized hot-pink squid that they recommend trolling 15 feet behind a downrigger ball, 20 to70 feet deep.. Dick Figgins, the pony-tailed freespirit who owns Dick Nite company in Lake Stevens, has chalked up multiple state record pinks with his hot pink, thin-blade trolling spoons. Everett-based charter boat captain Gary Krein makes a living trolling Humpy Hollow with 11-inch Hot Spot flashers brightened with either pink or green Mylar strips, towing pink minisquid tied to red 2/0 barbless hooks on 20 and 24 inch leaders. To get the most fight out of these small salmon, select light to medium weight downrigger rods—8 to 9 feet long, with fairly soft action that will compensate for the salmon’s infamously soft mouth. Light saltwater and medium freshwater reels work fine. These fish make short, quick runs that won’t test a drag or spool capacity. I’ll go with the lightest line my flasher will handle without breaking—10 to 15 pound test is fine and there’s no overwhelming reason to invest in expensive low-viz Fluo-

rocarbon. These fish aren’t leader shy. Monofilament is more forgiving than braid, an elasticity factor that’s a bonus when playing soft-mouth salmon. Tie in 16 to 20 inches of 15-pound monofilament for a leader, add a small F15 pink plastic squid, 11-inch size 0 white flasher or dodger with chartreuse or hot pink Mylar reflective strips, red 2/0 hooks. Don’t bother stopping at the bait store. While humpies will nail herring when they first move in, especially in the Sekiu-Port Angeles zone, bait’s a waste. These fish are just as quick to clobber plastic hoochies as fresh herring, although I’ve found it doesn’t hurt to smear the plastic or wobbling spoon with power bait or krill-flavored Smelly Jelly. It’s rare for a destination fish story to target the entire Puget Sound and Juan de Fuca Strait—but that’s the destination when 15 million pink salmon carpet the saltwater from Vancouver to Olympia. Glance out the passenger window of your Kenmore Air flight from July to September; if you’re over saltwater you’ll be looking at is the hottest little salmon fishery in the Northwest.

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certificate in 1987. “I’ve been a pilot ever since. If it weren’t for my dad’s instruction and leadership, I would not be the pilot I am today,” she said. Even after earning her Bachelors in Meteorology from the University of North Carolina Asheville, she continued flying.

She’s a woman, but when Michelle Rohter climbs into a seaplane, she is a pilot first. As Kenmore Air’s first female pilot, she gets some curious looks from passengers, but she simply smiles and says, “The stripes don’t mean flight attendant.” Michelle loves to fly and can’t get enough of it. “I really enjoy flying. If I won the lottery, I’d still be doing it. It just wouldn’t be my livelihood,” she said.

Wheels to Floats Becoming a seaplane pilot wasn’t the plan. “I had over 1,000 hours of wheel time, so it didn’t make a lot of sense,” Michelle said. Moving to the West Coast was more about a change of scenery than trying out a new plane. Michelle said: “I was looking for anywhere with mountains. I love Colorado and Wyoming. I never thought about Seattle, but in ’97, there were only a handful of places hiring flight instructors. Snohomish Flying Service was one and so I moved here.” When a friend took her for a seaplane ride-along at Kenmore, she loved it. Burnt out on flight instruction, she inquired about flying on Kenmore’s crew. To get her stripes, she’d have to pay her dues. “I was told I would work the line pumping gas. And then, maybe the next year, they’d consider me for flight instruction,” Michelle said. By 1998, she was a Kenmore Air flight instructor. The following year, she became Kenmore Air’s first full-time female pilot. Today, she remains the only fulltime woman pilot and one of a handful of Kenmore Air pilots who can fly the entire line, including the large 10-passenger Otter. Although Michelle is the only year-round, full-time female pilot, currently there are two other full-time seasonal female pilots at Kenmore Air.

A Pilot’s Daughter When Michelle was 14-years-old, she dreamed of being a veterinarian. Her dreams changed when she was snatched from the melting pot of Quebec, Canada and transplanted in North Carolina, where her dad had bought a private airport. “It was a culture shock,” she said. Her dad became a flight instructor and offered the occasional charter flight. Under his tutelage, she learned to fly and earned her pilot

Love on the Dock The aviation community is small. But not so small that romance can’t flourish. When another pilot Michelle had never met offered to help her “tail out,” she couldn’t help but notice he was cute. (Tailing out is grabbing the sea-

Michelle Rohter

Kenmore Air’s First Full-time Female Pilot By Mikaela Cowles





plane and pointing it away from the dock.) That first meeting was in the spring, and no names were exchanged but Mike did eavesdrop on Kenmore Air’s frequency and he heard Michelle asking if anyone knew, “the cute guy who helped me tail off?” It would be a few months before they saw each other again. The rest of the summer, they unsuccessfully tried to cross paths. Finally, as the busy season came to a close, Michelle invited him to a barbecue. The courtship was, as Michelle says, “Interesting. Neither of us wanted to date a bad pilot. We both wanted to make sure the other one could really fly,” she said. Mike is a pilot for a private family but is also a commercial pilot. After testing each other on ride-alongs, Michelle and Mike were married in 2001. They now have two beautiful boys and a rescue dog named Darby.


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Beyond Flying “In my single days, flying was my passion and a big part of what defined me. Now that passion has shifted to my family and trying to raise my two boys to be respectable, loving, and contributing members of society,” said Michelle. When she isn’t flying, she spends time with her family – especially outdoors. “We don’t have a TV, so the boys are outside constantly.” While they explore their yard, Michelle spends time in her garden, growing vegetables such as snap peas, cucumbers and zucchini. Last year she had an epic tomato crop. Living just two miles from Kenmore Air Harbor, she bikes, gliding downhill on the way there and getting a workout on the way home. A book is always tucked in her satchel. Her current interest is reading how the brain works. “It helps me understand the kids, but I also enjoy the occasional novel, too.” 64


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Northwest Author Spotlight By Betsy Crowfoot

Jim Lynch

Olympia, Washington author Jim Lynch admits that as a teen, he fantasized about being a writer or a rock star. “Novelists and rock stars were my heroes ... but I had no musical ability, so I became a writer,” he laughs. And now he is both. As Lynch’s most recent release Truth Like The Sun [Knopf, 2012] amasses accolades – including a nomination for the prestigious Dashiell Hammett Prize for literary excellence in the field of crime writing in North America – he has achieved ‘rock star’ status in the writing world. Recently Lynch reflected on early years, when it was “my first and foremost fantasy to write novels,” he says. After studying English and Journalism at the University of Washington, he embarked on a career as a journalist, conceding it was an easier path. But it wasn’t ‘easy.’ 68


His only job offer was a weekly newspaper in Petersburg, Alaska: a tiny panhandle hamlet of 3,000. Starting as a beat reporter was challenging. “It was very intimate reporting; a little claustrophobic. The people you’d write about, you’d run into at the grocery story. But there seemed to be so many stories per capita – interesting people and crazy stuff going on. It was a good place to start, and keep the writing alive.” Lynch fed that dream, penning novels mornings and weekends, while he paid his dues as a journalist during the day; bouncing from job to job, including an internship with Jack Anderson, the syndicated columnist. “I always thought my fiction writing helped my journalism. It taught me how to create structure and narrative. And vice versa. Journalism allowed me to gather information and material

that would inspire my imagination.” Although at times, it was trying. “If I came home after a day as a journalist, and tried to write fiction, I couldn’t. It’s such a different craft. But if I wrote in the mornings, I wouldn’t get that impatient urgency of journalist in my fiction.” Lynch’s big break came when he sold The Highest Tide [Bloomsbury, 2006], a coming-of-age novel set in the Puget Sound. The San Francisco Chronicle called it “stunning prose” ... London Times, “poetic ... lucid and radiant” and O, The Oprah Winfrey Magazine, echoed with, “a radiant first novel.” The success signaled a relaxing change of pace for the then 42-yearold author. “I had had enough of journalism for a while; it was a refreshing and rewarding lifestyle shift.” “The world of full-time fiction writing is so different. I enjoy the empathy

end of it, and putting a mix of people into places where they collide; that’s a kick for me.” He admits though to a “neurotic isolation” – particularly during the winter months, when he puts down on paper what he has gathered throughout the spring and summer. “I do a lot of research during the nice months, May to October; and I coincide my most feverish writing with the rain.” As a result, he says, most of his work reflects the beauty of the summer months: “western Washington coming alive.” Border Songs [Vintage, 2010] and Truth Like The Sun are also set in the Pacific Northwest. “I write best in the morning, and try to get in four hours if I can,” he adds.

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Charge As You Go Will you be onboard a sport fishing boat or in a car during much of your trip? Cars and vessels provide 12-volt DC power for your phone or iPod. Have a car charger handy and replenish your batteries whenever you are underway. There are also new 12-volt chargers with USB plugs for charging. But many devices are designed to operate on the 120/220 volt AC power we get at home. If your appliance doesn’t have a 12-volt charger, consid-

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Whether vacationing or on business, many travelers want to stay connected. That’s problematic if you’re spending long hours on the road, at sea, or in the wilderness. Here are tips for staying charged up when you check out. Charge Up Before You Go Top off your batteries to 100-percent before you set off, and then conserve. If you’re outside your service area, turn your phone off so it doesn’t waste energy searching for service. Likewise, use simple ringtones, disable vibrate mode and minimize apps to save juice. To make your laptop more efficient, defrag your system and eliminate power-poaching extras like CDs; use a touchpad in lieu of a mouse; and hit the ‘power saver’ setting in Power Options. Choose ‘hibernate’ over ‘sleep’ or ‘standby.’ If your battery still runs out within one or two hours, you may need to replace it. One small measure that will make a huge difference in preserving camera battery life is to turn off your LCD display screen and use the viewfinder, if your camera is equipped with one. And try to refrain from admiring your pictures until you get back to the grid.

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er a power adaptor, which plugs into a cigarette lighter socket, an AC wall outlet or an airline in-seat power plug. Call For Backup If you’re answering the call of the wild with nowhere to plug in, consider bringing a backup battery pack. These can double or even triple the usage time of your device. They vary from pocket-sized flash chargers to lithium battery power packs. Again, charge up before you go and at every subsequent opportunity. Look for a backup battery that allows you to charge it a number of ways: from a vehicle, a three-prong plug, or even through your laptop USB. Alkaline Batteries and Rechargeables “It keeps going, and going and going,” the slogan says; but alkaline bat-

teries are troublesome for the adventure traveler, considering their limited lifespan, the inconvenience of carrying spares and the impact on the environment. To preserve battery life, switch your device off and remove the batteries when not in use. Store them in a cool dry place, not the refrigerator. Better yet: if your flashlight, headlamp or so on calls for AA, AAA, C or D batteries, consider switching to rechargeables. These last up to 1,000 charges, with less of an impact on landfills. A NiMH (nickel-metal hydride) battery charger with four batteries will cost only about $25. And the best way to save battery life? Keep your electronics use to a minimum or leave them home and enjoy your new surroundings without distractions. The Kenmore Air Destination Magazine



Summer Flyaways The Beach Club Resort, Parksville, BC

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Looking for beaches that stretch for miles, golf courses, luxurious accommodations, great food, a microclimate that produces what some consider the best climate in Canada? And lots of fun things for the kids and adults alike? Look no further than The Beach Club Resort in Parksville on Vancouver Island. Providing courtesy pickup from the Kenmore Air base in Nainaimo, the Resort is on prime sandy beachfront that stretches as far as the eye can see. Classic West Coast styling is spare and elegant with muted lighting throughout, adding to a refined ambience. And if you are looking for 72


views, most studios and suites have sweeping easterly views from their balconies, with the Coast Mountains spanning the horizon beyond the Strait of Georgia. The Pacific Prime Steak & Chop Restaurant and Lounge boasts the best waterfront patio in town, directly above the boardwalk along the beach. Executive Chef Rick Davidson has designed an eclectic menu that features local suppliers and Vancouver Aquarium’s Ocean Wise program for oceanfriendly seafood. The wine list is extensive and offers a wide selection of local British Columbia wines, served by attentive and experienced servers.

The Beach Club is part of the Ecostay Program that supports hotels across North America in their effort to take action against climate change by incorporating environmental initiatives throughout the hotel. This includes Carbon Offset programs to make the guest rooms completely carbon neutral. With the onsite Stonewater Spa, an indoor heated pool and jacuzzi, fully equipped fitness centre and the excellent restaurant, guests may be tempted to stay on the premises for their entire stay. But they would surely be missing out on what the Parksville Qualicum Beach area has to offer.

Several excellent restaurants are close by, including Giovanni’s Ristorante in Qualicum Beach where Giovanni presides over the kitchen, producing classic and innovative Italian dishes that go far beyond pasta. A warm atmosphere is enhanced by the “regulars” and friendly staff. The surrounding area is a naturelover’s mecca. Visits to the Vancouver Island University’s sites are not only educational but inspiring as well. Milner Gardens and Woodland has been voted one of the ten best Public Gardens in Canada by Canadian Geographic Travel with more than 500 varieties of rhododendrons, trees and shrubs and has been visited by royalty including Queen Elizabeth, Prince Phillip, Prince Charles and Princess Diana. Not into gardens? There are six golf courses close by, including the 100year old Brigadoon in Parksville and two mini golf courses. Or go spelunking at Horne Caves; visit Morningstar Farm and get up close and personal with the dairy herd and pigs after doing a little wine and cheese tasting. But more than any other activity, the Parksville beach out in front of the Beach Resort will call you to swim, go beachcombing, contemplate the changing tides and simply relax and enjoy.

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Lake Crescent Lodge, Port Angeles, WA

Shall we go for a boat ride or play another board game? Trek to the Marymere Falls or read a book in one of those big Adirondack chairs down on the beach? Will it be cider-brined pork loin with sweet potato hash and apple chutney, or local Neah Bay salmon with lemon caper relish served on a cedar plank? Such are the weighty decisions one is forced to grapple with during a stay at the Lake Crescent Lodge. Located in the heart of the Olympic National Park, the historic lodge has served as a sort of base camp for exploration-minded visitors since its construction in 1916. And truth be told, not much has changed about Lodge Life in the almost century 74


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since. The rooms—both in the lodge itself and in the adjacent Roosevelt cabins, have a minimalist 1960s feel, with simple furnishings and restored hardwood floors. Noticeably absent are the twin distractions of telephones and television sets. Factor in spotty cell service and a Wi-Fi signal that doesn’t reach all rooms and guests might just be encouraged to enjoy a vacation unplugged. A Lodge highlight is time spent in the Singer Tavern Lounge—a warm room gently lighted by snowshoeshaped lanterns and the flickering glow of the massive stone fireplace. With its dark, wood-covered ceiling and walls and old hewn furniture, the lounge feels like an adult sum-

mer camp and guests invariably gather there each evening for fireside chats and to enjoy Northwest wines or local microbrews at the full bar. The adjacent restaurant offers relaxed bistro-style dining, serving regional favorites like Dungeness Crab Cakes, Penn Cove Mussels—and lavender marionberry ice cream for dessert. The star attraction, of course, is the lake. Created some seven millennia ago by Ice Age glaciers, the mostly nitrogen-free lake is largely resistant to algae growth and, therefore, virtually transparent. Its impossible blues and greens are the reason the Lodge and all its cabins face one direction. If you venture away from shore in one of the Lodge-supplied canoes or kayaks and discover that even in the gin-clear water you can no longer see the bottom, it’s because Lake Crescent is deep. Very deep, so deep, in fact, that native peoples long believed it was bottomless—and it turns out they might have had it about right. In the 1960s, a US Navy survey team’s depth sounders couldn’t find the bottom and recent unofficial readings have recorded 1,000 feet or more. Surrounded by the precipitous peaks of the Olympic Mountains, including the heroically-named 4,537foot Mount Storm King, the Lodge’s breathtaking setting rivals those of even the most scenic Alpine lakes. The vistas are so spectacular that visitors inevitably spend much of their time backing up or crouching down, framing up photographs. It’s been said that if you can appreciate beauty for just 17 seconds a day you’ll receive positive benefits for the next 24 hours. If that’s true, a stay at Lake Crescent Lodge will reward you for a lifetime.

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The Oswego Hotel Victoria, BC

As your Kenmore Air floatplane approaches Victoria’s Inner Harbour, you can see The Oswego Hotel off to your right. Built just six years ago, this ten-story boutique hotel is just minutes from Kenmore’s dock, whether you take a taxi or prefer to walk along the waterfront and along quiet, treelined Oswego Street. Only two blocks from the harbor, the hotel’s rugged western stone and timeless brick architecture rises above the city. You’ll feel instantly welcomed by the subdued elegance of the lobby and once in your suite, you’ll feel right at home. We stayed in one of the premium one-bedroom suites. Premium suites 76


are on the seventh through ninth floors with panoramic views, while the standard suites are on floors two through six. The accommodations in both standard and premium suites are the same—contemporary furniture, which includes a dining table, comfortable couch and reading chairs and a well-equipped modern kitchen. Slate floors in the entry, kitchen and bathrooms and warm-toned brown and black granite counters complement the contemporary theme. The bedrooms are modern and comfortable with bathrooms that feature tubs and enclosed showers. The floor-to-ceiling windows are

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well insulated and block most noise from the city below. The living room and bedrooms open to the glassedin balcony. Suites on the east side of the building display the sparkle of the city as night falls, with the Parliament building outlined in lights as well. Dawn brings the city into silhouette and during the day, from the balcony, you can contemplate the Olympic Mountains. Suites on the west side open to an expansive water view and the balcony gives you a different and breath-taking experience. The twobedroom boutique suites on the top floor have larger balconies and two bathrooms among other additional

amenities. All suites have access to the fitness room, which adjoins a private garden on the main floor. The Oswego Hotel also welcomes pets and provides pet beds and bowls. Unfortunately, Fido and Tabby are not allowed inside O Bistro and Lounge, even if they like jazz. Wednesday evenings feature live jazz from different artists each week. The music was enjoyable, jazz samba and interpretations of modern and classic jazz by a fine guitarist and bass. The dinner menu ranges from small plates to a plat de jour paired with wines. Most remarkable was the endive salad and its melted smoked apple cheddar. We capped off the evening on the balcony overlooking Parliament. O Bistro also serves breakfast, brunch and lunch and features an additional gluten-free menu and can serve private parties of up to ninety diners. The Oswego Hotel is a proud member of the Green Key Eco-Rating program, a graduated rating system designed to recognize lodging properties that are committed to improving their fiscal and environmental performance. In the same vein, the hotel donates to The Land Conservancy of British Columbia. In keeping with the hotel’s ongoing sustainability program, the O Bistro’s kitchen composts, recycles and uses eco-friendly cleaning products. Certified fair trade organic coffee and teas are used exclusively throughout the hotel and by supporting local producers and with a 100 percent sustainable Ocean Wise™ seafood menu, you can expect only the best and freshest fare. Rated sixth among Victoria’s sixtyseven hotels, The Oswego Hotel will not disappoint you.

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Flying with Kenmore Air

Things you need to know... Baggage Allowances At Kenmore Air we have big hearts but little airplanes! Our baggage limits and penalties for overweight bags are dictated solely by safety of flight concerns, which are more acute on our size aircraft than on the big jets. Seaplane passengers are permitted up to 25 pounds of baggage per person. All items are weighed and count toward the limit, including purses, laptops, backpacks, and so on. Additionally, no single baggage item can exceed 10 x 16 x 24 inches. On Kenmore Air Express wheeled-plane flights, passengers may check baggage totaling up to 50 pounds and may hand-carry one personal item (purse, backpack, etc.) of up to 20 pounds. The checked item may not exceed 62 linear inches, and the personal item may not exceed 36 linear inches. Overweight baggage will be carried on either service if capacity is available for $1 per pound. However, overweight/oversized baggage is always at risk of being bumped unless extra baggage space has been reserved and pre-paid in advance.

Charter Service Kenmore Air offers a lot of scheduled flights to a lot of places, but sometimes, you really need to travel on your schedule, not ours. Or perhaps you need to go somewhere we don’t fly everyday. That’s what charters are for. With our large and diverse fleet of seaplanes and wheeled-aircraft, we’re able to offer customized flying throughout the Pacific Northwest. For a quote, call 866.435.9524 and ask for a charter specialist or send an e-mail to



Check-in Times

Sea-Tac Shuttles Kenmore Air operates ground shuttles between SeattleTacoma International Airport and its three Seattlearea terminals. These shuttles are complimentary for connections to year-round routes and available at a nominal charge for connections to seasonal routes. Shuttles must be reserved in advance. When booking flights online, select “Seattle-Tacoma International” as your origin or destination, and our system will automatically book the correct combination of shuttle and flight for you. Shuttles pick up from Sea-Tac at Door 00 in the Scheduled Airporter waiting area at the far south end of Baggage Claim. Please be at Door 00 with your claimed baggage at least 10 minutes before the scheduled shuttle departure time. The shuttle driver will always make a departure announcement over the PA system, but passengers are ultimately responsible for getting on the shuttle by departure time. When connecting to another airline from Sea-Tac, be sure to schedule your Kenmore Air flight and shuttle to arrive at Sea-Tac with sufficient time (per your major airline’s recommendation) to check in, check baggage and clear security. A minimum of 90 minutes is generally recommended.

Customs & Immigration With a handful of extremely limited exceptions, everyone flying internationally — regardless of citizenship or age — is required to have a current, valid passport book. Passport cards, NEXUS cards and so-called “enhanced driver licenses” are not valid for travel aboard Kenmore Air. Travelers should also be aware that some criminal offenses that are misdemeanors in the United States are considered felonies in Canada and can result in denial of entry. Driving under the influence of alcohol is a common example. Every traveler is responsible for making sure that they meet the requirements of international travel. Kenmore Air will accept no liability for cost or inconvenience arising from denial of entry into either the United States or Canada.

Kenmore Air passengers enjoy a generally more relaxed traveling experience than the typical airline affords. Nevertheless, we do require check-in for all domestic flights 30 minutes prior to scheduled departure. Due to certain requirements of U.S. Customs & Border Protection, check-in for international flights is required 45 minutes prior to departure. Flights close for boarding 15 minutes prior to scheduled departure, which means that seats for passengers who haven’t checked in at that time may be released to stand-by passengers. Also, the flight may depart anytime after closing, even if it’s prior to scheduled departure. We like arriving early! For flights departing from unstaffed locations, like seaplane docks in the San Juan Islands or British Columbia, passengers should be ready to go at least 15 minutes prior to scheduled departure time to accommodate unforeseeable variations in flight time.

Overnight Connection Specials With our Sea-Tac shuttle service, Kenmore Air and Kenmore Air Express flights offer folks a quick, convenient way to connect with the big airlines flying into or out of Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. With more than 100 domestic and international destinations served from SeaTac, many same-day connections can be made between Kenmore Air’s destinations and the world. But sometimes, your travel plans may require an extra night in the city. That’s why we have partnered with the Radisson Hotel Seattle Airport to offer our passengers preferred rates at this convenient, comfortable property. Immediately adjacent to Sea-Tac’s main entrance, the Radisson offers complimentary on-demand shuttle service for the quick drive between Sea-Tac’s ground transportation level and the hotel. Inside the newly renovated hotel, guests will find all the amenities expected of a top-flight business hotel, along with some unexpected touches to make any stay memorable, including a fitness center, heated indoor pool and a newly remodeled bar & grill.

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Terminal Locations Seattle Boeing Field 7277 Perimeter Road Seattle, WA 98108 Seattle Lake Union 950 Westlake Avenue N. Seattle, WA 98109 Kenmore Air Lake Washington 6321 NE 175th Street Kenmore, WA 98028 Victoria Inner Harbour 950 Wharf Street Victoria, BC V8W 1T4

Friday Harbor Airport 800 Franklin Drive Friday Harbor, WA 98250 360.378.1067 Eastsound/Orcas Island Airport 847 Schoen Lane Eastsound, WA 98245 360.376.1407 Port Angeles Fairchild Airport 1404 West Airport Road Port Angeles, WA 98363 360.452.6371

To take advantage of Kenmore Air’s negotiated rates with the Radisson Hotel Seattle Airport, call our customer service line at 866.435.9524. Note that this preferred rate is not available to walk-up customers at the hotel or through Radisson’s reservation desk. Some Kenmore Air flights may also be subject to discount when combined with a Radisson stay. Ask if any Overnight Specials are available for your itinerary.

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Salmon Stamp Revenue Returns to BRITISH COLUMBIA March 21, 2013 was a bright day for British Columbia’s Pacific salmon, the recreational fishing industry and B.C.’s community salmon volunteers! After two years of discussions, the 2013 federal budget committed to returning 100 percent of income from the Salmon Conservation Stamp to B.C. Since 1996, the Foundation has received $1.00 from the sale of each $6.00 adult stamp purchased, and $4.00 from each stamp purchased by a juvenile under 16 years of age. The increase in funds will mean approximately $1 million more per year for community salmon conservation projects funded through the Foundation. While the Foundation led the discussions, the success of the proposal was a result of the support from several groups. Members of the Government caucus provided key support including, MP Andrew Saxton who championed the proposal, as well as MP’s Randy Kamp, Mark Strahl, Richard Harris and Minister James Moore. The Sport Fish Advisory Board wrote in support of the proposal, and 20 business leaders in B.C. signed a letter of support directed to Minister Flaherty. B.C.’s community volunteers, however, were the heart of the proposal’s success. Their ability to leverage funds by an average of 10:1 for each dollar from the stamp provided an undeniable business case. Of course, the proposal couldn’t have been successful without the support of the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans and staff of the department. The increased funding will help the Foundation meet all of its current requests for community projects involving habitat restoration, smaller-scale enhancement facilities and production, community planning, and education. But as the Foundation looks to diversify its programs to better meet the needs of Pacific salmon, it fully expects the demand for funds to increase. Diversification will include restoring Chinook and coho production in the Strait of Georgia, broadening activities to support sustainable fisheries and identifying the future needs of the recreational fishery in B.C.



Key programs that support the recreational fishing industry could also benefit from the stamp income. Programs like the Certified Tidal Angling Guide program that establishes best standards and practices for B.C. fishing guides, including knowledge of local species and the environment. The stamp income could ensure funding for coast-wide catch monitoring and sampling to better evaluate fisheries decisions, or provide funding for research issues that hold back recreational opportunities. To fully appreciate the scope of challenges facing Pacific salmon, one need only look at the 75 recommendations made in the recent Cohen Commission Sockeye Enquiry report. Some have suggested that increasing the stamp fee would be a logical next step to help address these challenges; especially considering the reduced role of Fisheries and Oceans Canada. The Foundation is committed to continuing dialogue with salmon user groups and stakeholders to solicit input about the best use of salmon stamp funds, especially any proposal to increase the value of the stamp. The Foundation recognizes its role as administrators of the conservation stamp funds. It will continue to direct funds to efficient projects and to provide leadership in defining current issues. The Foundation’s work with the stamp is certainly not done, but the future is certainly much brighter.



The Role of Sport Fishing

A recently published B.C. Statistics report, BC’s Fisheries and Aquaculture Sector-2012 Edition, recognizes sport fishing as the largest creator of economic activity in all fishery sectors in B.C. and accounts for revenues of $936.5 million (freshwater and tidal) in 2011. “We’ve always thought that sport fishing creates the greatest value for each fish caught,” says Owen Bird, executive director of the Sportfishing Institute of B.C. “It’s nice to see these important facts set out in a detailed economic analysis.” The Pacific Salmon Foundation recognizes that the power of the tidal recreational fishery is the number of people purchasing the salmon stamp. In recent years, approximately 250,000 fishers purchased a stamp. Now that all of the funds stamp income will be returned to B.C., a very modest increase in the stamp cost can provide significant funds for salmon restoration and sustainable fisheries.





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Summer 2013 issue of HARBORS Magazine, the Kenmore Air Destination Magazine