Sat 13/05-2017 Day 50

Pos: 54.3193, -130.3185
Loc: Prince Rupert
Acc: Sheila + Greg’s house
no paddling today

John has organized another stay for me for the next days here in Prince Rupert: The parents of his kayaking friend Josh, have a free small basement apartment, where I got moved today. Sheila and Greg, very nice place and folks, thanks! We met for lunch with Mike in a Chinese restaurant, and now I had the first real chance to take a closer “look” at my potential paddling partner. To organize a “blind date” just over a very short time on the internet with a 20 min call an a few text messages out of my last town stay in Shearwater was not easy, and a bit of a risk for me. Mike has told me he has some paddling experience in this area, circumnavigated Lake Superior and Vancouver Island, looked sporty on his Facebook in general, has a slim fast QCC kayak, is 61 years old, and that was basically all I knew about him  – whereas checking out *my* profile online is not that hard…maybe it takes a bit longer…but I set some clear rules, and he promised to behave nicely on and off the water.
I felt more and more comfortable by the time getting to know Mike better with the thought to spend some time with him together on my next leg up to Sitka. If this would change, we both would have fully independent gear and skills to continue with separate paths. We had all three a lot to talk, and time was flying by. In between, I had to jump online to finish the updating of my last leg, before John too me over to his apartment where Mike is also staying and organizes his own gear. I checked on his kayak and kit, all looks all right! We liked to sit over maps together in the evening. John had prepared some nice snacks at his place, and once more time was passing quickly on planning in all directions. It will be very exciting!