November 15, 2008 FBR Meeting to feature Alaskan Kayak Adventure
Friends of the Black River brings Jackson County native, Kris Dressler, and his wife to present a thrilling account of their Alaskan kayak adventure. Spectacular photography of their attempt to circumnavigate Baranof Island in Southeast Alaska’s Tongass National Forest will be presented. The meeting is free and the public is invited to attend.
On Saturday, November 15th at 7:00 PM, Friends of the Black River brings Jackson County native, Kris Dressler, and his wife to present a thrilling account of their Alaskan kayak adventure with spectacular photography!
Black River Falls native Kris Dressler, along with his wife Leslie (Madison, WI) and friends Dave Snowberg (La Crosse, WI) and Michelle Dodd (Yakima, WA) attempted to circumnavigate Baranof Island in Southeast Alaska's Tongass National Forest via sea kayak. The plan was to average 10 miles per day for 42 days to complete the 420-mile route. The weather, however, was nearly record cold and wet. In fact, July 2008 was the second coldest and third rainiest July in recorded history. All this on an island that has experienced as much as 225 inches of rain in one year!
The southern tip of the island, Cape Ommaney, is known for large swell, strong currents and relentless winds. Only the perfect combination of sea conditions and weather would allow them an opportunity to round "Omm'ney." The group made it to the southern end of the island right on schedule. After waiting out three separate storms over 7 days, Kris and Leslie decided to sacrifice the circumnavigation in favor of a week more of paddling in the more protected Sitka Sound, instead of the original and planned conclusion of their journey. Dave and Michelle were more patient and achieved the goal.
Despite the unforeseen difficulties, the trip was an amazing learning experience. The discovered much about wildlife, topography, weather, paddling, survival and, most importantly, themselves. Kris and Leslie will be presenting a slide-show as well as telling of their experience at the November 15th general meeting of Friends of the Black River.
Also available at the meeting will be FBR fundraiser raffle tickets. The lucky first prize ticket holder will win a kayak. Other prizes will include sporting good coupons and cash. Drawing will be held in February.
This Saturday, November 15th event is free and open to the public at 7:00 PM at the Black River Falls Co-op Credit Union.
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