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Thanks for 20 Years!

Published on 1/10/2019
By Mike Grijalva

Thanks, WKC, for 20 years.   I moved to Issaquah and joined WKC more than 20 years ago, and have paddled many days, with about 100 different WKC members.  I've enjoyed them all and could not imagine a better bunch of boaters.  We are so lucky to have the Middle/middle, the Green and Skykomish in our backyard.   I have racked up many days paddling them every year.  The Grand Canyon was also a special favorite of mine and I enjoyed a total of 17 times down the canyon and spent over a year on her beaches and whitewater.  The first photo is my best trip of a lifetime in 2017, when I got to kayak the Canyon(instead of my usual raft run)  In the photo you see on the left Andy Gross who I taught to kayak and brought into WKC.  Our kayak guide Steve Mace, then Sam McMillen, my son JIm, digging out of a wave, and me on the right.  I was 71 at the time and what a thrill it was to still paddle at that level.  The next photo is me on the beach with my granddaughter Carmen, the youngest of our crew of 7 teenagers, and 13 adults.  Thanks again WKC for keeping me in the sport.   

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