Dayle Laing

The ‘coolest shade of green’ is the sustainable choice. Dayle Laing is a Professional Speaker and Author who uses her experience and training as an educator, a designer and a LEED Accredited Professional to empower Conscious Consumers to make practical yet beautiful choices for sustainable living, reducing their carbon footprint while enhancing their body, mind & spirit.

robson_bight_300Designers love positive clients. Clients love positive designers. Experts tell us to focus on our goals. How to be sustainable. Select sustainable design. Reduce our carbon footprint.

These goals require some thought before they become second nature to us. At vacation time, our goals become simpler. Have fun and see some whales!

johnstone_strait_mist_150During my annual sea kayaking trip with my sisters, fun was a very easily attainable goal. However, killer whales had shown up only briefly one day the previous week and no one could predict when the giant mammals would return to their salmon feeding grounds in the ecological reserve Robson Bight in Johnstone Strait. There are only 80 Resident Orcas in the northern Vancouver Island population.

dayle_paddling_150We selected Pacific_Northwest_Expeditions  to guide us this year in our quest to see Orcas, because of their experience and because of their camp located close to the only protected sanctuary for killer whales on the west coast of Canada. Even their expertise could not guarantee Orca sightings!

Our guides Brian (also owner) and Erin catered to all our needs in an ecofriendly manner with lots of organic produce from Brian’s garden. The days were cool and rainy. Our spirits remained high and we focused on our goal of Orcas with positive persistence. The shortwave radio offered no Orca sightings anywhere in the vicinity. Shakespeake said, “nothing is either good or bad but thinking makes it so”.

bald_eagle_150varied_thrush_150We marvelled at the birds – Bald Eagles, Varied Thrushes. Hundreds of Pacific White Sided Dolphins graced the misty strait. We paddled and explored the tidal pools, keeping cheerful.

dolphins_breaching_150The final morning, Brian announced we would stay in camp until after lunch to give the Orcas more time to find us. Magically, the A5 pod of a mother, new calf, older daughter and a brother was sighted along the coast in Robson Bight and they were heading right past our beach! Low tide gave us excellent viewing from shore.

orca_a69_300Focusing on our goals and keeping a strongly positive attitude makes for a wonderful vacation and a wonderful life. Refreshed, we are back at work, motivating people to select the coolest shade of green for sustainable design!

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These are truly beautiful and inspiring <br />photos. Sounds like you had a terrific time.

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Thanks Joanne, it was wonderful and we are truly fortunate to be able to do this.<br /><br />Cheers,<br />Dayle

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wow! wonderful pictures - thankfully these are already digital :o)

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Right you are Lisa, digital makes it easier to share without printing photos!<br /><br />Cheers,<br />Dayle

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So serene and peaceful. It is nice to stop and smell the roses............. or salt sea air.

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Sue & Bob,<br />Thanks for the comment!<br />Kindest Regards,<br />Dayle

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Truly inspiring, Dayle. I too strongly believe in the preservation and conservation of nature.

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LOVE your photos!!! And LOVE the killer whales! What an experience! Thanks for sharing!

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Thanks Natalie, I know you can appreciate this, as one of our previous lovely sea kayaking guides!<br /><br />Cheers,<br />Dayle

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