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Tofino Fishing Report – May 2018

Tofino Fishing Report – May 2018

As a newly minted grandfather I’ve spent the last few months working on a some essential skills that I believe every grandparent should master. At forty one I’m arguably on the young side for the big G status, sure, but it’s never too early to break in a new pair of shoes and really, do I have a choice?

Unfortunately all of my grandparents passed away while I was still young, and my memory is not what it used to be, so I’m kind of making things up as I go along. I’ve watched a few grandparent-themed movies like On Golden Pond and Grumpier Old Men, and they’ve certainly helped guide the way in terms of fundamentals.  

Tofino Fishing Report – June 2017

Tofino Fishing Report – June 2017

In the grand scheme of things, Jackie’s Tofino vacation was going pretty well.  As a wife, mother of two, and full time family bread-winner the simple fact that she had successfully managed to plan, pack for, travel to, and ultimately arrive safely in Tofino for a family vacation was no small miracle.  Navigating the modern family through the planning and travel stages of a summer vacation isn’t easy.  Jackie didn’t so much as herd cats all the way from Boise, Idaho to Tofino, it’s more like she juggled them.

Four days into their holiday, Jackie’s family had exhausted themselves with a string of adventures, mostly tailored to keep their two pre-teen kids occupied, challenged, and happy.  They’d wiggled into wetsuits and braved the cool, foreign waves of the Pacific to the squealing delight of the kids.  They’d wandered through the forest, hugged giant trees, and searched for shells and treasures along the beaches...

Tofino Fishing Report – April 2017

Tofino Fishing Report – April 2017

Despite having access to the boundless imagination that most ten year olds are privy to, young Charlie Hoffman likely had no idea what he was getting into when he boarded my boat for a fishing trip the other day. We mustn't fault him. In all of Charlie’s secret dreams in the weeks leading up to his vacation even he couldn’t prepare himself for the adventure that lie ahead.

Shortly after daybreak Charlie and his family showed up at the marina wearing broad grins, their eyes twinkling with anticipation. Their excitement was contagious and I couldn’t help but smile as I assisted Charlie, his mother and grandpa aboard the boat.

After stowing their gear I gave them a quick safety orientation and showed them where the lifejackets and fire extinguishers are kept. When I finished the orientation I turned to mom and grandpa and told them to make sure they pay close attention to the captain. “The captain is always the boss” I told them, “so be sure to follow his orders. No exceptions!”

With that I turned to Charlie and asked him to hold out his left hand...

Tofino Fishing Report - June 2016

Tofino Fishing Report - June 2016

In the grand scheme of things, Jackie’s Tofino vacation was going pretty well. As a wife, mother of two, and full time family bread-winner the simple fact that she had successfully managed to plan, pack for, travel to, and ultimately arrive safely in Tofino for a family vacation was no small miracle. Navigating the modern family through the planning and travel stages of a summer vacation isn’t easy. Jackie didn’t so much as herd cats all the way from Boise, Idaho to Tofino, it’s more like she juggled them.  

Four days into their holiday, Jackie’s family had exhausted themselves with a string of adventures, mostly tailored to keep their two pre-teen kids occupied, challenged, and happy.  They’d wiggled into wetsuits and braved the cool, foreign waves of the Pacific to the squealing delight of the kids. They’d wandered through the forest, hugged giant trees, and searched for shells and treasures along the beaches...