A New Year’s Resolution
By Christopher Cunningham
In the February ‘10 issue of Sea Kayaker we have an article about the Clakamas River Cleanup, an annual event that gathers hundreds of volunteers to pull trash from the banks and bottom of Oregon’s Clakamas River. In October of 2009, the cleanup hauled in nearly 2 1/2 tons of trash. While the event has picked up a lot of momentum over the 7 years it has been held, the amount of trash gathered in recent years has declined. The Clakamas is getting cleaner.
It is encouraging to see that a local grassroots effort is making headway against what must have seemed at the beginning an overwhelming task.
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January marks the beginning of the New Year and the end of the winter solstice. The first day of this month is often associated with rebirth or new beginnings. Nights shorten, days lengthen and we sigh in relief!
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A Note About Breath-Holding Drills
In our November ‘09 SK Newsletter we recommended readers take a look at Roger Schumann’s article “Waiting to Inhale: Breath-Holding Drills for Sea Kayakers.” That prompted one of our readers to write:
I enjoyed the article in the on-line newsletter about breath holding techniques. Although the article doesn't suggest breath holding underwater I would always include a warning about shallow water blackout. Basically breath holders shouldn't hyperventilate before diving. When I was a kid I used to see how long I could hold my breath in the family pool. I was almost always alone and I'd usually hyperventilate. Very risky.
Will is correct about the danger of hyperventilating. John Reseck addressed the issue of shallow water blackout in our Summer 1990 article: “Swimming for your Supper: Free Diving for the Sea Kayaker.”
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Wendell Beckwith was an eccentric inventor who left his American home and family to live alone in the woods north of Thunder Bay, Ontario. Best Island became his home and he built a series of shelters there as he read, and thought, and wrote. It was very remote, reclusive living. Various Outward Bound instructors and their students would visit him on their trips through the late spring, summer and early fall. About twice a year, float planes would bring him in supplies. He was always excited and pleased to welcome visitors, but I had the distinct feeling he was as pleased to see us leave again. Wendell shared his reflections and ideas, but he always spoke in the first person plural. “We have been thinking that…” and he would continue from that first phrase. The first time I met him I looked around for the other people. By my third visit, I was comfortable enough to ask about his use of “we.” He replied that while he was alone, he didn’t feel he could take sole credit for the thinking since so many people had influenced him in his life.
Red Onion Spread
1 Tbsp. (15 ml) butter or oil
2 large red onions
1 tsp. (5ml) salt
1 tsp. (5ml) dry mustard
1 tsp. (5ml) grated lemon rind
2 Tbsp. (30 ml) fresh lemon juice
Melt the butter or heat the oil in a frying pan. Add the onions and sauté over medium heat for about 10 minutes. Sprinkle the salt and mustard over the onions and lower the heat. Sauté for another 20 minutes. Cover and turn the heat as low as possible. Cook another 45 minutes. The onions will get very soft. Turn up the heat to medium, cover and cook for a final 45 minutes. Remove from the heat and add the lemon rind and lemon juice. Make this spread in advance of your trip and pack into refillable plastic tubes. Serve on crackers or bread as a snack, or over rice.
This story and recipe are an excerpt from Meals and Memories: A Celebration of Food on the Trail by Bill Stinson. To purchase the book contact Bill at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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