1 Week, 2 Days, 21 Hours, 15 Minutes....
Well, I am almost ready for my departure. That is, as ready as one can be when you are about to depart on a 4000 mile trip, up the coast of North America, living entirely out of a 17.5 foot orange kayak, totally unsupported..... Wow, when I say that it gives me goose bumps. I am incredibly excited about this expedition as it is such a critical body of water and coastline too not only the eastern United States and Canada, but to the entire country.
Not many individuals get the opportunity to traverse this entire body of water in one continuous trip. I will get the opportunity to document things like marine life (whales, crustaceans, porpoise, etc.), bird populations and migrations, cities and towns, shipping, fishing, and recreation. All of these, and more, coexist along the coast, sometimes peacefully and in harmony, other times in conflict. Their are good stories to tell and bad ones to document. Areas where urban planning has been successful and areas that need work.
I look forward to this work, to this challenge that I have laid out for myself and for those that have chosen to support me. I believe that we can do great good from this trip and am extremely excited about those opportunities. One area that stands out loudly is the effort of The Wilderness Classroom. This organization is dedicated to helping children learn about our environment through the eyes of Adventure Travel. This year, I am pleased to be partnering up with them so that these same students can follow along with my journey. I hope that my stories and my images can not only show them the beauty of these waters, but to impress upon them the benefit to all mankind in being good stewards of our lands and our waters.
We have several other partners that will be announced in the upcoming weeks and we are working hard to create new relationships that will help to support the overall mission of the One Ocean Project. If you are interested in joining this great adventure, please contact us for more information and details.
Stay tuned, the Odyssey begins in a week.