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END OF AN ERA...

The end of an era…

Hello fellow paddlers,

We just finished up our 12th season of kayak expeditions and tours in Loreto and what a great season it was! We saw many whales, lots of wildlife, ate some amazing meals on the beach, enjoyed beautiful sunsets, and most importantly, paddled with some really incredible people!

However, after 12 years of offering tours we have decided wrap up our operations in Baja and close our company. All of us have been moving on to other exciting things in our lives.

Hilary and her partner Elisha have started a farm on Gabriola Island growing Hops for craft breweries, as well as veggies, goats, pigs, and chickens. Joel has been busy scuba diving and is looking to move on to new things and a more stable work life. I have been busy captaining tour vessels on the BC and Alaska coast, and instructing maritime courses for the Department of Transport. I’m also thinking about settling down a little. Sarah and I are getting married in September and are looking to start a family in a few years. With all of these positive things going on, none of us really have the time to give Baja Kayak Adventures all of the energy it needs.

It has been such an amazing ride! It’s very bitter-sweet to decide to move on. I have loved every minute I spent paddling with all of you in Baja. I am so grateful to have had such a fun and dedicated group of customers and friends who have decided to spend their vacations and winters paddling the amazing waters of Baja! It really is the end of an era.

I want to thank all of you who have done trips with us over the past 12 years. But first, I want to announce the winners of our coveted Baja Kayak Adventure Tours Customer Appreciation Awards :

Mike Sheehan    

  • Winner of the Golden Tortilla Award for best kayak packing

  • Winner of the Wet Feet Award for the most kayak trips per year done by any guest

Ernie Carson

  • Winner of the Guest of the Decade Award for the most consecutive years of paddling done by any guest

Trevor Warren

  • Winner of the Baja Viking Award for the largest camp breakfast ever cooked by a guest while on trip

Rob Gustke

  • Winner of the Brave Teacher Award for organizing more high school class kayak trips in a foreign country then any rational teacher would ever consider

 

We would also like to specially thank a few of the many people who have helped us over the years:

Peter and Ana Marcus who started Gabriola Cycle and Kayak and got us started on this amazing adventure! Thank you!

Our parents Colin and Pat who helped us, encouraged us, donated generously to the starving kayak guide fund, and Pat (our mom) who managed the booking and office for many years! Thank you both so much! The memories and life skills we gained from this have been unbelievable!

Joel our Mexican Partner who has done so much, not just guiding, but spending so many hours, days, and weeks waiting in lines for the mountain of bureaucratic paperwork and permits needed to operate in Mexico. Muchas Gracias!

Wanda, who so has done such an amazing job this year in taking over our reservations and office from Pat and Hilary!

Rafa Murillo at Dolphin Dive Center; Ubaldo Fernandez at the Giggling Dolphin Restaurant; Rafa & Maria at Vive Loreto Tours; Keirin & Norma at El zopilote Brewing & Hotel 1697; Harry and Lesley Morgan; Don Rhodes; Guillermo and Joan Ewbank; Our Guides: Jesus Marquez, “Tuku” Erick Gonzalez, Rafa Murillo, George Salas, Itza; Our Taxi and Panga Drivers: Pancho, Chuy, Antonio, & Antonto;  Clients: Daphne and “the Duke” Dennis, The Chatwin Family, Marilyn Bamfield, Emily McDonald, Carol Zabin, John and Julie, Gwynn Alexander Barr, Jill Clark, Morely Eldridge, Pierre Ducharme; Gabriola thank-yous: Paula Maddison, Marlana Smith, Jim Demler, Matt Bowes, Jen Smith... and every guest who has ever paddled with us in Baja or BC! It’s because of all of you that we have been able to do this for so long!

I will still be running tours in Haida Gwaii (www.tourhaidagwaii.com) and Alaska/Great Bear Rainforest (www.bluewateradventures.com).

Silva Bay Kayak Adventures, Hilary’s business is changing gears after 10 years in operation out of the Silva Bay Inn on Gabriola Island. Hilary is collaborating with Gabriola Recreation Society and Descanso Bay Regional Park & Campground to offer kayaking 7 days a week in July and August out of Descanso Bay. She is also offering weekend and week-long kayaking and outdoor education retreats at The Haven.   

We would both love to see any of you on one of our future trips!

For anyone interested in doing more trips in Baja, we would like to recommend our good friend Ginni Calahan at Sea Kayak Baja Mexico. They have many similarities in their style of trips and their philosophy. www.seakayakbajamexico.com   

Thank you again for the many years of loyalty and amazing adventures! It has truly been an honor and privilege to paddle with each of you. It was the best job in the world!

Happy Paddling,

The Masson Family

 

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