As we all know, members of the Western community wishing to travel to Viqueen lodge by kayak have fallen on hard times. In fact, almost all travel by kayak to WWU-owned facilities in the San Juan Islands has dramatically decreased. From what I and other researchers at the AS Review can gather, this issue is at the base of nearly all of the riots and demonstrations as of late, especially the recent actions the campus has seen from Students for Seeing Sea Life, and Philosophers, Photographers, and PolySci students for paddling. Luckily, in the dark mist of these days, there is now a beacon to guide us.
Speaking to Dave Crawford from the cathedral that is the Outdoor Center, I became immediately aware of two very important things: first of all, in the event of a hurricane in the San Juan Islands, Mr. Crawford has no plan. Secondly, Western’s days of milk and honey are about to return; on February 25 and 26, the Outdoor Center is planning a trip to Viqueen Lodge and they’re taking kayaks.
“[The trip is] a good chance to see wildlife,” says Crawford, the Outdoor Center’s excursion co-coordinator, explaining that it is possible for participants to catch glimpses of various sea life, as well as animals found on the islands themselves.
Depending on the guides, it’s also possible that those present on the journey will get a chance to explore Cyprus island and, in the event of a large-scale nuclear event, an opportunity to elect leaders and participate in world-building exercises once you return to shore only to find that everything you’ve ever known and loved has disappeared in a post-cold war (and, indeed, post-apocalyptic) nightmare.
Crawford describes the trip as “a great opportunity to get experience,” saying that both amateur and novice kayakers are more than welcome. The bulk of the trip will consist of kayaking through the San Juans islands with the goal of the overnight layover at Viqueen lodge. Crawford alleges that once there, the kayakers will enjoy its serene qualities and beautiful scenery, as well as, of course, another opportunity for spotting wildlife. The next day, participants will get the chance to wake up and do it all again. The cost for the trip is $80 for students and $90 for non-students.