Flash Back Fridays
TIM TACKER 1976 on and off through 1979
“It was the freest period of my life” said Tim. Tim was a joy to have around; cheerful, talented and popular with everyone, Tim came here because his older sister had worked at the Lodge in 1971 and she thought he would like it. He and his friends swam nude in the late evenings. He remembers me being pregnant with Nicholas, Josie as a three year old and Liz at eighteen pestering her father because she wanted to guide on the west coast (he said no). Among his many jobs, Tim worked in the kitchen at least on one occasion. He can remember making four dozen bagels using the ‘Joy of Cooking’ as a guide. Altogether it took him several hours because after the dough had risen and been shaped, the bagels had to rise again and then they had to be deep fried and decorated. Jim came to the kitchen to look for food to feed a bus load of tourists that had stopped in and were hungry. Jim took the bagels. Tim didn’t get one.
A highlight of his time at the Lodge was a trip with Joy Inglis, Michael Robinson and Hilary Stewart, all resource people and a group from the University of California at Berkeley. Tim was driving one of the boats that took them to the incredible beach at Escalante on the west coast of Vancouver Island. Because this was a group that wanted to study ‘west coast native culture’, their agenda had them leaving to go to Friendly Cove on Nootka Island at a particular time. Using his VHF radio, Tim phoned Ed and Pat Kidder at the lighthouse on Nootka. They said not to attempt to cross the body of water because a storm was brewing. It caused a commotion when Tim, who was in charge of the boats, told the group that they had to stay where they were. The schedule was redrawn and the participants and resource people eventually were able to cover the planned content of the course. (Note from Editor: Tim was a terrific carpenter and now teaches young children.)