After a loss of communication all day, Jenny pulled in safely to Keauhou­photo taken by Elizabeth Baker

After a loss of communication all day, Jenny pulled in safely to Keauhou­photo taken by Elizabeth Baker

Day 11: Started at the crack of dawn, with the kayak sighted Jenny needed to get on the water as early as possible and the shore crew needed to get going as well in hopes of making it to her landing sight ahead of her. It was scheduled to be a 17 mile day paddle for Jenny and a 9.7 mile hike for the shore crew. Jenny realized early into her paddle though she had made a calculation error and she was in for a 22 mile day. The swell was big but after her experiences so far she felt confident. First check in was at 10:00 as we arrived at our trailhead. She had just passed Kalapana and was making good progress. At noon we stopped for a break at an epic tide pool and waited to hear from her but nothing came through. Knowing that reception could be sketchy in that area we eventually continued on making sure to leave one of our phones on at all times. We arrived at camp at around 3pm with still no word. We dropped our packs and headed out to the rocky point to see if we could spot her. Our first sighting ended up being a small boat, despite our wishful thinking we still had no idea where she was. We headed back to set up camp and try our hardest not to worry too much. Finally at 4:02 a text came through! She hadn’t had reception the entire day and was pretty sure she was close. We ran out to the point and she was just coming around the corner. Keauhou bay has somewhat of a natural break wall so we directed her around it and zig zagged through the channels up to the beach for an easy pull out. She told us that while the conditions were hard she had a mostly enjoyable day on the water. She said she feels that the day she was forced to paddle to Hilo had really prepared her for this kind of thing. On a side note she said it felt super sharky quite a few times so she took her knife out when she had to jump out for a bathroom break. All in all it was a good day! Keauhou Bay is breathtaking and we had it to ourselves. After a great dinner we laid out with glasses of wine, the stars were unbelievable and you could see the glow of the lava in the distance. Part of this trip is enjoying the island so Jenny has decided to take an extra day in volcano to enjoy the magic. Depending on the conditions she will either paddle down and anchor at Halape (a secluded pristine beach 1.3 miles down the coast) for the night, or we will all hike over and come back to Keauhou to camp.