Voyages North

03 June 2018
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

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.
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)
Elsie and Steve Hulsizer have sailed northwest waters since arriving in Seattle via sailboat from Boston in 1979. [...]
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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