Columbia Magic

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It was a doggone lazy day on the river. There was barely a tickle of wind, but given a sunny, 60 degree day in early November, Don thought it would be fun to launch his sailboat, Over Exposed, anyway. So Don’s girlfriend Molly, his dog Alexander, and I piled into the boat and Don motored us out onto the Columbia River.

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The Right Tool for the Job

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Andy Bike and I like going on adventures and we especially enjoy doing so under our own power. No matter what mode of transportation we choose, I insist that it provides an experience you can’t get any other way. Continue reading

Something Fishy

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I could tell you that the creature pictured above is a pikeminnow. After all, most Pacific Northwesterners have never seen one, even though thousands of them are in our rivers. Heck, I’d never seen one until a few years ago and I’ve lived here for more than 15 years.  Continue reading

Do you want to race – to Alaska?

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“It’s like the Iditarod on a boat with a chance of drowning, being run down by a freighter, or eaten by a grizzly bear.”

That’s how the Race to Alaska’s webpage describes this new event.

Read the rest of the article across the jump at Three Sheets NW.

News & Cruise

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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!

Happy Sails

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Don and Molly live it up on Don’s new Bay Raider, Swallow Boat.

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