Update: Solo paddler checks in, 3 days after leaving West Seattle

It’s been three days since 27-year-old Alex Kongsgaard waded into Puget Sound during low tide beneath Emma Schmitz Overlook on Beach Drive, soon paddling away alone in an outrigger-equipped kayak, bound for Glacier Bay, Alaska. Tonight his family shares a quick update: Alex has checked in from Friday Harbor in the San Juan Islands (map). His short message: “Yarrrr!” He’s hoping to reach Glacier Bay – about 1,200 miles from here – within two months. (Here’s the story we published after covering his departure on Tuesday.)

5 Replies to "Update: Solo paddler checks in, 3 days after leaving West Seattle"

  • angelescrest July 10, 2010 (12:53 am)

    This is such an amazing adventure; thank you for sharing it.

  • Smitty July 10, 2010 (7:33 am)

    Very cool. I love Glacier Bay, and what a beautiful trip it will be getting there.

    I just wish he could have squeezed on some kind of GPS tracking device and we could have followed his progress on-line.

  • shane July 10, 2010 (4:34 pm)

    Way cool. FYI, the map link is wrong, goes to a pirate pic :)

    • WSB July 10, 2010 (4:45 pm)

      cut and paste mania … sorry about that. will fix as soon as I can get the mail with the correct

  • kayakalki July 11, 2010 (12:21 am)

    fair winds and smooth seas fellow paddler!

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