When Tribune photographer Joe Johnston came to me in April with this idea to kayak nearly the entire San Luis Obispo County coast, I thought to myself, “Somebody’s been spending too much time in the darkroom.”
But the more I thought about the idea, and the logistics of a trip like this, the more realistic the weeklong expedition became.
The challenging part was going to be fitting a trip like this into our schedules and getting the newspaper to sign off on the project.
We spent the next month researching the project, interviewing anyone who could shed light on the trip — the Coast Guard, kayak shops, surf shops, sportfishing outfits and campgrounds — and in early May our editors gave us the OK.
Then all we had to do was train for the most challenging outdoor adventure of our lives.
— Brian Milne