Voyages North

22 September 2017 | Posted in Seattle
08 September 2017 | Posted at Spencer Spit, San Juan Islands
18 August 2017 | Posted at Spencer Spit, San Juan Islands
17 August 2017 | Olympia
22 August 2016 | posted at Prideaux Haven, Desolation Sound
29 July 2016 | Posted at Hakkai, Fitz Hugh Sound
29 July 2016 | Posted at Hakkai, Fitz Hugh Sound
29 July 2016 | Posted at Hakkai, Fitz Hugh Sound
08 July 2016 | Posted at Ucluelet
08 July 2016 | Posted at Ucluelet

Port McNeill. World’s Largest Burl. August 19-21, 2012.

30 August 2012 | Posted at Nanoose
Elsie Hulsizer
Photo: The world's largest burl in its house at Port McNeil.

"You use whatever resources you have." That's what someone said to me once when I told them about Ketchikan making a tourist attraction out of its red light district. I remembered that statement when I heard that Port McNeill had the world's largest burl on display.

A burl is a rounded knotty growth on a tree. They're usually used to make bowls out of. The one in Port McNeill is way too big to use to make a bowl. We went to see it this year. It's on the edge of town on the road leading west, next to the community center and across a parking lot from a baseball field. It sits under a wooden shelter and reminded me of a Buddha in a temple, or more precisely of a Buddha's stomach.

The more I thought about the burl, the more I thought that thinking of it as a tourist attraction with no real value, short changed the burl, and the town. First the burl really is amazingly large. Second, Port McNeill is a logging town and what could be more natural than for it to have a burl? From the marina you can watch logs being loaded onto barges and see antique logging equipment on the lawn. The local museum is full of logging paraphernalia residents wear T-shirts saying, "Lucky Logger." In a town that celebrates trees, the world's largest burl is a coup.
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Vessel Name: Osprey
Vessel Make/Model: Annapolis 44 sloop
Hailing Port: Seattle
Crew: Steve and Elsie Hulsizer (author of Glaciers, Bears and Totems and Voyages to Windward)
About:
Elsie and Steve Hulsizer have sailed northwest waters since arriving in Seattle via sailboat from Boston in 1979. [...]
Extra:
2017: local cruising including South Puget Sound and San Juan Islands 2016:north up West Coast VI, across QC Sound to central BC coast 2015: trip to SE Alaska 2014: Seymour and Belize Inlets through Nakwakto Rapids 2013: SE Alaska and back. 2012: from Seattle up the west coast of Vancouver [...]
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