It’s worth noting, and remembering, that your children are watching and listening. Always. Your approach to life, your adventures and the way you recount them later on are absorbed by your children like the water and food that sustain them, shaping them and making them believe that maybe they, too, can be adventurous.

In 1974, two brothers – Alan and Andy Dappen – built their own canoes and undertook a crazy, risky adventure: paddling the Inland Passage from Prince Rupert, B.C. to Alaska with some friends. One of those friends was Sara Scherr, who would become Alan’s wife. The group paddled some 800 miles, stopping at Ketchikan at the end of summer, 300 miles short of their original goal of Juneau, to return to their colleges. Alan and Sara eventually had two sons, Nate and Ben, who grew up hearing tales about this epic trip of their parents and also being taken on lots of other adventures. The boys didn’t realize until they were adults that their parents and uncle didn’t achieve their ultimate goal of reaching Juneau on their paddle through the Passage.

In 2017, Nate and Ben joined father Alan and Uncle Andy on a new adventure, to complete those last 300 miles of the Inland Passage. Nate’s film, The Passage, chronicles that journey, touching on many layers of the story: the land and seascapes; the familial bonds of both generations; the life lessons passed from one generation to the next, and the next.

It’s worth 25 minutes of your time; it’s a story well told with beautiful videography. It’s also worth considering the lessons you’d like your kids to learn from you and the life they see you living.

Learn more about this and other “visual stories of science, nature and people” at Day’s Edge Productions.

About the author

Rebecca Wallick

Rebecca is a freelance writer and publisher living near McCall, Idaho. A Seattle native and recovering attorney, she much prefers the quiet, slow pace, and distinct seasons of the West Central Mountains, enjoying the skiing, hiking and running opportunities provided by the nearby Payette National Forest. Rebecca is a Contributing Editor with Bark magazine, and the author of Growing Up Boeing: The Early Jet Age Through the Eyes of a Test Pilot’s Daughter (Feb 2014).

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