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Outer Coast Report
July 29th, 1997

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"Tribal Journey"

by Tim Jones

Port Renfrew: "The canoes have left Pacheedaht at about 8:30 this morning. They're making their way down to Sooke. The estimate of arrival is about eight hours. There were the typical stories about being sore and tired. They were happy to get into Pacheedaht. You could hear a sigh of relief when they came in."

"From what we found out yesterday, there were approximately eight canoes leaving Dididaht this morning, and they should be here around 2:30 p.m.,"said Tim Jones of the Pacheedaht Nation, who is coordinating the west coast Tribal Journeys arrival in Port Renfrew. "The weather's been excellent: foggy in the morning, and really, really hot."

The paddlers will be welcomed and given a late lunch. This will be followed by a get-acquainted gathering, and a crab and salmon feast later in the evening. They expect to be serving about 300 paddlers and support crew, as well as another 150 Pacheedaht Band members and guests.

strange geophysical tidal pools
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Tidal Pools

A canoe from La Push (Washington State) has already arrived and will be joining the journey along with two support vehicles. Another three support vehicles from Victoria and Dididaht are also waiting to continue on to T'sou-ke and Songhees/Esquimalt.

The west coast assemblage, which started out from Ahousaht on July 24th, expects to be at least ten canoes strong when it links up with the east coast group on August 1st.

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