August 14-16 - 2009
Adam Howard, Scott Harris, Kate Petraborg, Amy Chrest and myself loaded our gear onto the Sitka Sound Ocean Adventure transport boat to the Tom Young Cabin about 18 miles from Sitka, Alaska. The plan was to paddle the area around the cabin, enjoy some great food (always tastes better out in the wild!), soak in the local hot springs the first day.
Throw in some chatter about diabetes and spend the next 2 days kayaking the outrageously beautiful Alaska coast back to Sitka. In the meantime, with 3 camcorders, 3 helmet cams and 3 digital slr cameras and a box of somewhat unknown, yet to be used cam equipment packed into the 4 kayaks for future use we were set on making a film to document and share our adventure. A true learning and stretching experience.
A story, surely to follow, will be on the prep for this filming experience.
Drop off at the Tom Young Cabin
Not a bad place to spend an evening in the Alaska backcountry
We enjoyed the scenic setting as we discussed diabetes, food, the "Amy face", filming, kayaking, Alaska, and of course our infamous brown bears.
That evening we would see a humpback whale from the cabin window and head down to the beach to watch the whale chase food right in front of us.
Adam would reveal his talent at setting things on fire and we would call it a day after lots of conversation. Some of this would be a little more personal and would detail the challenge of having diabetes how difficult the disease can be. I know, I live it. Best advice I can muster up is to keep livin' life as best as possible and to not let it rule your life. Easily said but not always easily done.