Explore More in 2013

I don’t know about you, but I say it’s time to get a start on those New Years resolutions. January 1st is great for some people, but I want to start planning now. First things first – I resolve to Explore More. Who’s with me?

In 2013, we’re going to check out more places. We’re going to meet more new people, and see more new sights. We’re going to Explore More. I love it! Don’t you?

Since launching the Kenmore Air blog we’ve toured Victoria, poked around Seattle, and discovered some of the ins-and-outs of whale watching in the San Juans. We’ve met a few fellow fliers and gotten to know a pilot or two. There have been some awesome sales (one of which is still going on) and a couple amazing announcements (like the San Juans being named number three in Lonely Planet’s Top 10 Travel Destinations).

In the coming months, we’re going to meet other members of the Kenmore Air family. We’re going to check out Kenmore’s trip to Africa. (Yep, you read that right – Kenmore Air in Africa.) There’s going to be new “Weekend Adventures” and passenger stories. It’s an Explore More kind of year.

To begin the planning, let’s talk about the Broughton Islands. If you’re a hardcore sailing machine, like Kenmore Air pilot John Beatty, you could reach them via water. But the trip is a long one and the waters are, shall we say, dicey. Don’t believe me? Check out his article in the Fall 2011 issue of Harbors, Kenmore Air’s in-flight destination magazine. He warns of, “The risks of rapids, whirlpools and gale warnings.” He describes the challenges of taking on an 8 knot current with a 7 knot vessel. In the end, John says, the effort is worth it. For those of us Explore-More-resolutioners who aren’t quite ready to manage currents, shore banks, and ocean bottoms, Kenmore Air has us covered.

Our pilots fly to several regularly scheduled destinations in the British Columbia’s Northern Inside Passage between June 11 and September 10.

I know, June seems a long way away. Remember, we’re planning. We’re marking the calendar. We’re setting the date. We’re scheduling our “Explore More” trips.

Port McNeill is a small British Columbia town in the Broughton Island area where Kenmore Air flies regularly. Its population may be small, totaling just 2,700, but it offers a wide variety of activities. Dubbed the “Gateway to the Broughton Archipelago,” it is surrounded by mountains, rainforests, and islands. This small community is your Explore More paradise. There’s hiking, whale watching, sea kayaking, fishing, diving, bird watching, walking, caving, and tons of things to photograph.

Now that we have one calendar worthy destination, stay tuned for additional fantastic Explore More insights and tips. And as always, if you have anything you want to share, shoot me an email at MikaelaC (at) KenmoreAir (dot) com.

p.s. I don’t usually throw in postscripts, but you need to know about this: If a friend ever says, “Hop on a Kenmore Air flight to Port McNeill. I’ll pick you up on my way to Lagoon Cove.” Don’t hesitate. Don’t even take the time to say yes. Hang up and reserve your seat immediately.

Why? Because this little marina, run by Folksy Bill and Jean Barber since 1992, might be the friendliest place you’ve ever been. Every afternoon at 5:00 pm the marina holds a finger-food-potluck.  They provide fresh cooked prawns from their daily catch and Bill shares his famous BEAR stories. What better reason is there to hop on a plane than that?


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