It seems these days everybody is paddling around islands. Derek and Taino are paddling around Puerto Rico this August, the guys from Terra Santa Kayak Expeditions are currently paddling around Newfoundland, Freya and Greg are leaving next week to paddling around Iceland and finally, Erik is still paddling around the Toronto Islands.
Erik's trip is only 12
km round trip but he has been working on it for 5 years. I think that he is on
his 1000th attempt...
I was recently reading
a transcript of an interview of Bob Denver from 1994. Bob Denver is known for
his role as Gilligan from "Gilligan's Island".
It ran for 98 episodes from 1964 to 1967.
I had to read the
following quote 4 times because I couldn't believe it:
Radio Station: Yet I
understand, looking through some trivia books, that some people did take it
kind of seriously. I understand the U.S. Coast Guard got some calls from concerned
viewers who suggested that they try and rescue you guys off the island.
Bob: There was an
Admiral in the East here somewhere. He's was a retired Admiral and he was in
his 70s and he got the coordinates. We gave them out one time. The longitude
and latitude, which if you looked it up was in the middle of nowhere in the Pacific Ocean. He knew the chain of command, so he called
Washington and Washington
and pretty soon they had one of the cutters steaming up. One of the young
sailors came up to the Captain and said, "Sir, I think it's a TV
show." And he said, "what, son!" He says, "I think it's a
TV show, sir." They checked it out again and found out of course that it
was. They came on the set, the Commander did, with this huge stack of memorandums
and everything else that came out of Washington.
We almost really got rescued.
For this who don't believe me, here is the original interview.
What does this tell
us? Well, anybody who is planning a major trip around an island this year, if
you run into trouble and help doesn't seem to be coming, your best chance for
rescue is probably to start a television show and get it into syndication.
2007 is the Year of the Island TripSaturday, 09 June 2007
David Johnston has been introducing people to the sport of sea kayaking for the past 15 years. He is a senior instructor trainer with Paddle Canada and teaches for several paddling schools in Ontario, Canada. Full Bio.