Category Archives: Tales of the Pass

  1. In the Beginning

    In the beginning there was Irv and JoAnn, and there was Ole’s, and Hakai Pass. The Man with the Hat had been in the Pass for a number of years but he had not been aware of the little barge tucked behind the island, around the corner from Barney Point,...

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  2. # 6 – Dark

    Drifting in the water and in his mind he seemed an observer of himself, looking down from above on the blackness of the water, reflections of the night sky still visible through recent cloud cover glittering and disappearing and reappearing.  The two rectangular reflective patches on his shoulders were still...

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  3. # 5 – “Cold”

    He thought about how far he might have drifted by now from where he fell in. It had been high slack late that afternoon, and just at the tail end is when the Hali hit.  So it would be ebbing now, he knew it was still early in the change. ...

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  4. # 4 – “Sound”

    The boat was further than it sounded. When sound travels across the water it is amplified; as the water cools the air near the surface it slows the sound waves down, bending them allowing more of the sound to reach you.  He knew this; he listened intently, trying to discern...

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  5. # 3 – “No Name”

    His mind drifted now, where was he exactly?  He had been to this spot before, many times, many years before.  He thought now…who on his crew had he brought out here lately, and would they think to look at this spot?  The spot with no name.  One of those spots...

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  6. # 2 – “Time”

    Time seemed to stand still, a calmness overtook the water, the man with the Hat bobbing just a little.  Having gotten control of his breathing he turned his attention to time.  How long had he been in the water, how long could he be in the water, how long how...

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  7. # 1 – “Halibut Line”

    He did not expect to see his boat drifting away from him just before dinner, the radio still clear with the call for anglers to reel up and head back in. It was late August in Hakai and the sun was setting earlier with each passing day. He was always...

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