The road-less, native village of Kyuquot out on the remote outer coast of British Columbia has a small general store. Occasionally it’s open. “Not today though,” a kid with a fishing pole shouted down from the Government Dock, towering over our heads. “It’s Thursday, eh.” What were we thinking…eh? Thursday. Of course.
Joe and I had everything we needed for three weeks of self-supported kayaking; it was crammed in the hulls of our boats, in the Pelicases strapped behind our seats or swimming in the water around us… everything but the damned honey!
Yerba Mate is great for kayaking, particularly touring or expeditions. A bunch of us from the San Juan Islands like to paddle the northwest coast of BC. We often go in big, tribal-like groups, other times with a partner, sometimes alone. We love this wild seacoast that civilization hasn’t caught up with yet and we love the challenge of getting there under our own power in our own small boats. We look forward to an all-you-can-eat seafood buffet, high pressure and hot sand and even the great gales and storms of September, and we try and spend several weeks or more here each year.