Decided to make a very scenic and fun trip from Steilacoom to Seattle using the tides and winds in my favor. Total distance was a bit over 74 miles in 10 hours and 16 minutes (7.2 mph). Had fast, strong currents and morning diurnal winds for the ride up through the narrow passages, and then made it to Edmonds just in time for the tidal switch and afternoon Northerlies to blow me back down to Seattle where a storage unit and U-haul was waiting for my second workout of the day. Ugh!
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The last few weeks have been a blur of paddling in unique and beautiful reservoirs and lakes throughout Montana, Idaho and Wyoming. Some days featured 100 degree heat, downwinders, altitudes above 10k feet, and even a very memorable lightening and hailstorm in Bighorn Canyon at the end of a 64 mile paddle. All of them boasted stunning landscapes, and below are a few favorite photos from my journeys.