The challenge of the Canoe Journey | Paddle to Quinault – PDN

Safe journeys to our friends, who are headed to The Quinault Nation, down the coast. 

When pulling in a Northwest tribal canoe, the key is balance: each puller’s stroke must be made in unison, the pullers must support and trust each other. So what happens when the ocean literally turns you sideways, taking control of your movements? You paddle on anyway. This year’s Canoe Journey ends in Taholah on the Quinault Nation reservation, on the Pacific Coast of the Olympic Peninsula. For many, this will be the first time pulling in the challenging open ocean, unlike the relative calm of the protected inland waters of Puget Sound. Megan Stephanson reports.


Also see: Paddle journey canoes greeted at Fort Worden — next stop Jamestown Beach near Sequim today.

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