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Fabulous Autumn outing idea in our own ‘backyard’ rain or shine –
‘Kayak Nisqually’ journeys in the Billy Frank, Jr. National Wildlife Refuge

Kayak Nisqually

Story Highlights
* Kayak Nisqually, a south Puget Sound eco-tourism company, offers various tour options,
* All skill-sets welcome – you do not have to be an experienced kayaker,
* Owner-operator Sam Kaviar is a dedicated biologist and experienced sea kayaker,
* Tours feature paddles near wildlife, dynamic scenery around the Nisqually Delta.
* No better way to experience the marvels of our region than on the water’s surface.

– Editor’s note:
I had first read about Kayak Nisqually featured in the Nisqually Valley News on August 10, followed by reporter Andrew Kollar’s experience published the following week. The week after Labor Day, I was off on a long-planned trip with friends canoeing/portaging/camping in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCA) within the Superior National Forest on Minnesota’s famed North Shore of Lake Superior, visiting there for the first time in almost 15 years. After being uplifted and inspired from this retreat in Mother Nature, so elated was I to return home to a featured story on Kayak Nisqually in Thurston Talk published September 18, that my wife and I booked a half day tour for September 28th, rain or shine. Of course, yesterday was the hottest September 28th on-record, with clear skies and a mirror-glass surface on Puget Sound.

We met at the assigned location, the boat-ramp adjacent the Nisqually Reach Nature Center north of Lacey, where we met Kayak Nisqually owner/operator Sam Kaviar, who we discovered is from my hometown, Louisville, KY. After a very thorough technique demonstration, we were ready to go for our paddle. Kayaking is very different from canoeing in that one must paddle and turn the boat opposite of the methods used in canoeing. I likened the experience to driving on the left side of the road overseas. The 2 1/2 hour trip passed by way too fast, yet we left with wonderful experiences viewing birds, seals, and the beauty of the Olympics and Mt. Rainier. We’re looking forward to our next tour on the South Sound with Sam during the misty, rainy Autumn.
What an outstanding kayaking tour guide!

Kayak Nisqually
Puget Sound Adventures
Sam Kaviar, owner/operator
Email: adventure@kayaknisqually.com


Yael & Steve Klein kayaking in the Billy Frank, Jr. National Wildlife Refuge,
heading towards the Nisqually Reach Nature Center. Sept. 28, 2017.
Photo courtesy: Kayak Nisqually

Steve & Yael Klein in the Billy Frank, Jr. National Wildlife Refuge. Sept. 28, 2017.
See photo below of seals in background of this photo.
Photo courtesy: Kayak Nisqually

Seals in the Billy Frank, Jr. National Wildlife Refuge. Sept. 28, 2017.
Photo courtesy: Kayak Nisqually

Posted by Steve on September 29, 2017 at 12:01 am | Permalink

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