Highlight of our honeymoon. My wife and I will talk about our weekend trip with DSK for years.
Took a three-day weekend trip in early September 2013. Nate Lewis was our guide, naturalist, chef, etc.
Friday morning we left in heavy fog. We donned rain gear and waded into smallpox bay to board our boats (wear quick-dry. Just do). We paddled out into the fog over Haro Strait, and after about an hour, started hearing loud breathing out in the fog. We stopped and turned just as an entire pod of orcas passed right in front of us. Absolutely stunning.
Over the next three days, we paddled to Stuart Island, around Johns Island, and back down Haro along the west shore of Henry Island. The weather broke on day 2, and we were treated to the sight of seals, bald eagles, ospreys, cormorants, river otters, sea stars, kelp, porpoises, and much more.
My wife and I were the only two people registered for our tour, and DSK ran the tour anyway, no fuss or mention of it at all. The private tour meant great flexibility - if we wanted to paddle somewhere, Nate was happy to make it happen.
Nate Lewis really made the trip into what it was for us. He helped us improve our paddling technique, kept us laughing, answered myriad questions, and pointed out the best sights along the way. He was a spectacular chef, to boot - we ate like royalty. Between the shrimp & scallops in cream sauce and the enormous marinated salmon steaks, Nate kept us better fed on the tour than we probably were on the rest of our honeymoon.
Looking forward to coming back, and bringing friends.