Down on the corner

Posted by Ken Campbell July 13, 2010 1 Comment 697 views

I have never been to Neah Bay during the annual Makah Days celebrations. Perhaps this is the year. Tribal expectations for the 2010 event call for about 10,000 people to attend, which seems to me like it might be somewhat crowded, out there at the edge of the world. I’m used to being there when it’s not so busy, in the other seasons mostly.

Of course, it wasn’t that long ago that Neah Bay was never all that busy. Summer, winter… didn’t matter. Fishermen knew about the place, but other than that, the Makah reservation was all but off the map for most Northwesterners. That’s changed, a little bit, anyway. It seems nothing’s as far away as it used to be.

I’ve been there dozens of times, spent a good few days on the water there, where the one constant is the need to respect the conditions; it is a serious place. This is most decidedly not Puget Sound, after all. It is, however, one of the most intensely beautiful spots on Earth and I am certainly due a return visit. Any day now.

Makah Days, anyone?

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