Hi there. My name is Rick Doucette. I live in West Seattle and like to paddle around in a kayak. By day, I do motion design, web design, video stuff, and all that kind of goings on, currently at Cypress Consulting. Before that I worked for Screenlife (the folks who make the DVD trivia game SceneIt?) for 4 years. Met lots of great peeps there.

Took a trip to Kauai in June... got lots of kayaking in - including the Napali Coast! Hurt my leg hiking the Kalalau trail. Landed with all my weight (incld' a backpack) on a flat-ish rock. Flew my mom down for the middle of the trip while we were staying up in Hanalei... took her kayaking up the Hanalei River. Got lots of other kayak trips in, a couple other hikes after the leg got a little better. Good times...

Spent my 40th (gasp!) birthday down in southern California with my friend Angie. Went to Dizzyland for the wknd, where she got me some sweet berfday ears... bought Jack Skellington ears for my niece, and FrankenMickey ears for my nephew ->
Angie had to work on Monday, so I rented a car, drove out to Ventura, and paddled around the bay. After a quick stop at In & Out, I drove back to Burbank & flew home *sigh*

Next up: visiting the big island (Hawaii) in January. Have the first wknd to myself, then flying down my mom & niece for a week. Should be phun!

Some random places I've kayaked:

  • Lake Whatcom (Bellingham, WA--first place I ever paddled)
  • Whittier, AK (back in 1997)
  • Roatan (on the way to & from Helene--a small island off the coast of Honduras)
  • Mazatlan and Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
  • Several spots along the California coast (by Big Sur, Santa Barbara & Ventura; inside of Newport Bay & 3x around Mission Bay in San Diego (2004/2008/2010)
  • San Juan Islands in WA (favorite area to paddle up here))
  • Chuckanut Bay, Bellingham Bay, Drayton Harbor (Blaine/Semiahmoo)
  • Florida (2006)--Key West, Tampa Bay and a bioluminescent tour by Titusville
  • Indianapolis (2007)--had a few hours to kill, & a trip up the canal sounded fun...
  • Washington, D.C.(2008)--paddled along the Potomac for hours
  • New York (2008)--Blue Mountain Lake in the 'daks, as well as a few spots along the tips of the north & south forks of Long Island
  • Oahu, HI (2010)--Kailua out to the Mokes, Kahana Bay & stream, Cockroach Beach to Rabbit Island & Makapuu Point, Kaneohe Bay (KCC to Chinaman's Hat)
  • Juneau, AK (2010)--Mendenhall Lake (2x), Berner's Bay, Eagle River-ish
  • Maui, HI (2011)--Makena to Molokini Crater, Makena to Ahihi Cove, Hana Bay, North Kihei>across Maalaea Bay (saw some humpbacks!) to Kalama Beach Park
  • Kauai, HI (2011)--the Na Pali coast! also hit these rivers and/or streams: Wailua, Huleia, Kealia, Kahiliwai, Hanalei (with mom!), and the Kilauea River

Anywho, thanks for visiting!

^ sunset view from my campsite at Fox Cove on Sucia Island

^ kayaking around Shaw Island on July 4, 2009

^ teh 3 mousekehteers >:O)