Marna Powell: Awesomeness at Stone Lagoon, benefit for Dry Lagoon Saturday, Nov. 1

FUN FLEET  A few of the kayaking participants at the Stone Lagoon free guided tour event.   Photos courtesy Marna Powell

FUN FLEET A few of the kayaking participants at the Stone Lagoon free guided tour event. Photos courtesy Marna Powell

I generally wish to thank the Cosmic Universe for a kazillion things, but for now I wish to thank the CU for Sunday, Oct. 5. I had asked that the weather be “boatable” but what we got was awesome!

FUN FLEET  A few of the kayaking participants at the Stone Lagoon free guided tour event.   Photos courtesy Marna Powell

FUN FLEET A few of the kayaking participants at the Stone Lagoon free guided tour event. Photos courtesy Marna Powell

This whole weekend was some of the epically best weather that I can remember in the last 40 years.

As that I am now at home this Sunday evening and completely pooped – plus I really just want to relax and have a drink – I will be as brief as possible.

Kayak Zak’s had a small fundraiser today featuring three guided kayak tours to the boat-in campground at Stone Lagoon in Humboldt Lagoons State Park.

Last year, we collaborated with Explore North Coast Paddle Club and HSU Recreation students to raise the funds to reopen this stunning (aka, “awesome”) campground.

Dry Lagoon Poster2This year, we are again teaming up with HSU Recreation students and also with Trinidad Chamber of Commerce to host a party at Trinidad Town Hall on Saturday, Nov. 1 to raise funds to reopen Dry Lagoon Hike-in Campground. More information on this event will be forthcoming, but for now, save that evening to come dance, drink, eat and bid at the silent auction.

Back to today’s awesome awesomeness… I want to thank everyone who participated and donated funds to our cause. I loved the smiles on all the faces as they came back from their kayak trips.

Paddlers on the lagoon. Photo courtesy Marna Powell

Paddlers on the lagoon. Photo courtesy Marna Powell

One couple came from Weed and another man from Anderson, just to attend our event! Can I thank the Roosevelt Elk for giving us song and show along the lagoon?

I especially want to thank my most awesome employees, who tirelessly worked for minimum wage to lead these trips and schlep all those kayaks and gear.

The thing is that they usually enjoy profit-sharing, but there was no profit because all the money is going to our cause to reopen Dry Lagoon Campground, so I’m saying that these folks worked their butts off for very little money because they have huge hearts and they are the Awesomest of all the Awesomeness today.

OVERGROWN  One of six campsites at Dry Lagoon that could be awesome again. Photo courtesy Marna Powell

OVERGROWN One of six campsites at Dry Lagoon that could be awesome again. Photo courtesy Marna Powell

Thank you Justin Legge and Brance Michaelson for being employees with heart.

Also, thank you Jessica Oliver and Shelby Chambers for all the support and yummy burritos.

And so ends a perfectly awesome day with just one little glitch; I came home to find I am out of vodka.

Humboldt Lagoons lover Marna Powell is the owner of Kayak Zak’s. She has just discovered that triple-distilled moonshine with a lot of ice and olives makes a passable martini.

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