News & Cruise

tongue point ship

I’ve been spending a lot of time on the water this summer with bigger boats, or perhaps even ships. Later this fall, expect to see tales of a trip a few friends and I took up the Columbia River from Astoria to Portland (and yes, we lived to tell the tales). Can you find the sail in the picture of Kim, rounding Astoria’s Tongue Point above?

I also had the chance to hang out in the wheelhouse with the captain of the three-story party boat, Portland Spirit. Read all about it here. He even let me steer it. Watch out below!

Finally, I investigated the appeal of anchoring on the river at Portland’s Waterfront Blues Festival in another story here.

Happy Sails

bay raider

Don and Molly live it up on Don’s new Sea Raider Swallowboat.

Sailing is fun. You wouldn’t think you’d have to say that, but browsing boat magazines and websites, one could get the idea that boats are about being tough, doing grueling maintenance, or traveling to exotic locales. No folks, they’re definitely about fun.  Continue reading

Green Sailor


I hadn’t been sailing in ages, it seemed. And I probably wouldn’t get out on the water anytime soon. Then an afternoon commitment fell through. The rain clouds cleared, but the wind remained, so I grabbed my youngest boy and headed to the river.  Continue reading



I’m lucky to have a nice bike that is impressively reliable, and for years my tires have been equally so. But starting about three months ago, my tire became decidedly unlucky.  Continue reading

Blues Boats

c est la vie

“Hiding out from humans.”

That’s my usual response when asked about plans for an upcoming holiday weekend. Most people are surprised: they know I love to go outdoors, preferably on my boat. Why aren’t I planning some adventure?  Read the rest of my story over at ThreeSheetsNW.

Sea Reads: Shantyboat

I wonder if Harlan Hubbard knew the magical moment he captured when he wrote his detailed, tender story of drifting down the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers in the 1940’s?  His journey was on a simple, self-made, flat-bottomed boat.  Hubbard’s book is a bit wordy for my taste, but it conveys the elegant simplicity with which he lived.  In that spirit, I present a haiku book summary:

Hubbard drifts with ease,

Makes art, gathers wild food,

Befriends most, lives small.