Come Saturday, chances are you’ll be able to see Kitsap County Commissioners Ed Wolfe, Rob Gelder and possibly Charlotte Garrido on the water in kayaks. They say it’s the perfect way for them to celebrate the three to five years of work by the county and volunteers to ensure that the Kitsap Peninsula Water Trails happened.
Schedule of events for the Kitsap Peninsula Water Trails Festival
When most people hear the term “water trails,” they might think kayaks, canoes and paddle boards. But the Kitsap Peninsula Water Trails, and its designation as part of the National Water Trails system, means much more.
They’re on the water at least three times a week from March to October. Some are natives of Hawaii. Some are folks who have traveled to Hawaii and love the culture. Others just like to paddle. They are the Hui Heihei Wa’aa Polynesian outrigger club of Kitsap County, and they are more than 60 members strong.
There’s no doubt in Jim Gunderson’s mind that the Kitsap Peninsula Water Trails and its national status is bringing new divers to the area. “It’s bringing more attention to what is under water in Kitsap County,” said Gunderson. “It’s an absolute treasure and most people don’t know that.”
If you’ve ever watched “Master and Commander,” “Pirates of the Caribbean” or “Once Upon a Time,” you’ll think the man in charge of safety for the Kitsap Water Trails Festival Paddles looks familiar. His name is Captain John Morrison — “JB” to his friends — and he is the safety captain for the Brownsville Brownie Challenge Paddle on June 27 and the Keys to Keyport Fun Paddle and Raffle on June 28.
A group of private pilots based at Bremerton Airport who have taken precision flying to a higher level will perform at the Water Trails Festival on June 27.
As temperatures creep toward — even into — triple digits, we think more and more about refreshing wines to enjoy in the Great Northwest. And with summer’s arrival, so too shall we load up with bright white and crisp rosé wines.
I have nothing against fireworks on the Fourth of July. It’s tradition, after all, and a fitting way to commemorate our country’s independence. What does concern me — mainly because the extended celebration is pure torture for my three dogs — is the launching of firecrackers weeks before the Fourth and in the weeks following.