Alaska kayaking
Spring 2007 Newsletter
Alaska on the Home Shore News

Spring 2007 Issue
Gary Luhm's Photography Tips
Featured Destination: Baja
Home Shore Mothership Tours
Our Ship
Paddling Alaska

Dear Reader, 

Spring Greetings from Alaska on the Home Shore! This issue brings you tips from photographer Gary Luhm and features something new:  Alaska on the Home Baja!  Questions? Comments? Requests? We'd love to hear from you!

Keep That Camera Dry

By Gary Luhm

One thing I've observed on the water is that few Home Shore guests take pictures from the kayak. That's understandable - salt water and electronics don't mix. For your next trip, though, consider these options. You'll  be rewarded with some wonderful memories:

        1.    Use a waterproof camera. Several waterproof, digital, point-and-shoot type cameras are on the market that take excellent pictures. Take a look at the Pentax Optio W30 and the Olympus Stylus SW 770. The Optio W30 is waterproof to 15ft. for 2 hours, sports a 7.1 MP sensor, and has some slick features like an interval timer that I use to get pictures when I'm paddling solo. The Olympus Stylus SW 770, also 7.1MP, is rated to 33ft. submersion, and is shockproof, crush-proof, and heck - I'll say it - it's the BOMB.  Stow either in a PFD pocket. If they go overboard, they'll sink, so keep them tethered.


       2.  Use a waterproof case. Many point-and-shoot digicams have waterproof, O-ring sealed, transparent cases as an option. The camera fits snugly inside, controlled by external buttons. The buttons and housing make the camera too thick for a PFD pocket, but they can be stowed under deck bungie for easy availability.


      3. For SLR users, get a specialized drybag.  I like Sagebrush Dry Goods bags, with their tough skins, welded seams, padding and waterproof zipper closure. Keep the zipper lubricated with the supplied silicone grease and they'll give back years of use. Also, carry a cotton bandanna to dry your hands before operating the SLR. 

        For more tips, visit my website.


Featured Destination:  Baja

Like Southeast Alaska, Baja California (the Sea of Cortez) is a wonderful environment for paddling by mothership, but the contrasts are astounding!  Last February, Jim and Kathy Kyle, Home Shore owners, took a kayak mothership tour in Baja California, also known as the Sea of Cortez.  The experience so impressed them have agreed to offer, in a joint venture with that vessel's owner, two "Alaska on the Home Shore does Baja" tours in February, 2008.  We will send one of our kayak guides to accompany our guests for an exciting, sun-filled week spent paddling and cruising amongst whales and dolphins between Loreto and LaPaz.  An added attraction: the gray whale birthing lagoons of Magdalena  Bay are accessible in a day trip from either of these fascinating ports.  Note these dates:  Feb. 3 - 9, and Feb. 10 - 16, 2008.  Join Us!

Baja Slideshow

Home Shore Mothership Tours

We are sold out for 2007, but it is not too late for 2008!  We are booking quickly, so don't hesitate to contact us if you are interested in taking a tour.  We currently have the first tour in June available as well as the last two tours in August.  Want to join us, but don't have a group?  We have berths available on reserved tours for singles or couples.  Details on those tours can be seen our our 2008 charter schedule. 


Thanks for reading our Spring 2007 issue of Alaska on the Home Shore News! Be sure to drop us a line with your feedback. We look forward to keeping you updated with helpful information about exploring Southeast Alaska by kayak.

Happy paddling,

Captain Jim Kyle and the Home Shore crew
Alaska on the Home Shore | 4102 Linnell Road | Deming | WA | 98244

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