Betty Lowman Carey twice rowed by herself from Puget Sound to the Queen Charlotte Islands and described her first solo, two-month journey in 1937 in Bijaboji (Harbour, 2004). In the summer of 1983, her feat was emulated by retired couple Pete and Nancy Ashenfelter who rowed from Lopez Island, Washington all the way to Ketchikan, Alaska in a 17-foot open dory. Rowing between eight and 16 hours per day, they completed their 750-mile trip in two-and-a-half months. They published Row to Alaska: By Wind and Oar (New York: Anderson Publishing, 1994). Kenneth Macrae Leighton also published a West Coast rowing memoir, Oar & Sail (Creekstone Press, 1999).

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