Sailing author details journey

Elsie Hulsizer presents a slideshow during a book signing for Glaciers

Elsie Hulsizer presents a slideshow during a book signing for Glaciers

As Elsie Hulsizer and her husband sail up the West Coast to Alaska, they will stop in at Nanaimo to share some of their previous adventures.

Hulsizer presents a slideshow during a book signing for Glaciers, Bears and Totems: Sailing in Search of the Real Southeast Alaska at Harbourfront library May 17 at 6:30 p.m.

Hulsizer began writing about sailing the West Coast after cruising the outer coast of Vancouver Island. She and her husband, Steve, set out on Osprey in late spring 2006 and spent the next three summers sailing, writing and photographing towering fjords, pristine glaciers, fishing villages and tourist traps of the U.S.’s largest state.

Five years later, the Hulsizers are still enthralled with Alaska and are embarking on another sailing trek to the state, with a stop at Nanaimo’s harbour on their way through Georgia Strait.

In Glaciers, Bears and Totems, Hulsizer writes of drifting past calving glaciers, watching bears feeding in green marshes, smelling the fresh cedar of newly carved totem poles and following the path of gold prospectors on the White Pass and Yukon Route Railroad.

Hulsizer, who lives in Seattle, is an environmental professional with a degree in oceanography. She also holds a certificate in fine art photography.

Between sailing adventures on Osprey, she serves on the Washington State Board of Pilotage Commissioners, which licenses the pilots who guide ships on Puget Sound.

Please call 250-754-2513 for information.

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