Spectacular kayaking from Alaska to Vancouver. Storms, tidal rips and injuries challenge the skill and endurance of a middle-aged couple paddling and camping amid bears, wolves and helpful coastal people.
Rick Davies was born in London, England, beginning his travels as a youngster of four years, wandering out to see the world on fine days to the dismay of his frantic mother. Each subsequent adventure only served to whet his appetite for higher climbs, further exploration and he set himself the task of learning everything he would need to survive and thrive in the wilderness. When his family emigrated to New Zealand just before his fifteenth birthday, he knew he had arrived in a land of his dreams. The next two decades were filled with mountaineering, travelling the world with the Royal New Zealand Navy, and developing a life-long romance with mountains and the sea. After two years with his wife and two children on the South Pacific Island of Guadalcanal, he moved to Canada in 1980. Rick has tramped the mountains and kayaked the farthest reaches of the West Coast of British Columbia sharing his skills and passions by training others in navigation, weather, leadership, inspiring multitudes with his positive attitude. Rick runs a training company, specializing in corporate leadership and management training. Rick's background in outdoor recreation has enabled him to deliver curricula in the office or boardroom, as well as on the water, in the mountains, on skis or in the wilderness. He teaches at Capilano College in North Vancouver and UBC in Vancouver. In writing a book full of hints, philosophy and inspiration, he has found another avenue for sharing. Jaquie Bunse was born in New Westminster, BC. She began adventuring in the Okanagan outdoors where she grew up and attended school. As a youngster with her parents, she enjoyed fishing, bird hunting, horse back riding and camping. Her two children shared her love of outdoor activities and were skating, skiing, paddling, camping and sailing early in life. As an empty-nester, Jaquie took up rock and ice climbing, kayaking, scuba diving and beekeeping in her forties, adding a bit of international travel to spice up her interests. The family continues to enjoy backwoods trips together with the crew expanded to include spouse Rick, his children, and two grandchildren. While on a 1000 kilometre kayak trip in the summer of 2001, she sent excerpts of her journal to friends and colleagues via email. They asked for more. With a love of life and language, Jaquie joined Rick in the next adventure - writing a book.