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A couple of years back, I once ventured into the great unknown with an evening lecture at the Seattle chapter of the Explorers Club that, naturally enough, was held in the city’s downtown Arctic Club in all its terracotta walrus-themed splendour (see previous blog entry I am the Walrus).


The reason for my night of wild adventure was a special preview of an interesting new documentary, Paddle to Seattle: Journey through the Inside Passage (there’s a preview on YouTube), that chronicled the progress of two intrepid adventurers – J.J. Kelley and Josh Thomas – who paddling handmade wooden Pygmy kayaks from Alaska to Seattle. They navigated the 1,300-mile Inside Passage. From Alaska to Seattle, it’s North America’s only rainforest.


Which brings us to today’s photo, an occasional downtown character, who has acquired the moniker of “Phileas” – after Phileas Fogg, he of Around the World in Eighty Days fame – and who certainly wouldn’t feel out of place at the Explorers Club. He’s always suitable dressed for the occasion of an adventure or three – but no GPS or a folding map mind you, though he does carry around a globe with him.


Leica M3 & 50 Summicron
Sekonic L-308S
Ilford FP4+(@100)
Xtol 1+1 & 2ml Adonal (10:15min)
Plustek 7600i & Vuescan