Messing About with Merry

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It can be hard to get a teenager out of the house at times, but when you do, the results can be quite good. Case in point: When the Columbia was roaring along during the spring freshet I convinced Merry to come mess about in the backwaters of Smith and Bybee Wetlands.   Continue reading “Messing About with Merry”

Portland Sail & Oar League

sail oar leauge Attention seafarers, dreamers, and fools who love small craft and actually use them. The Portland Sail & Oar League is a randomly gathered network of nautical explorers who boat at the confluence of the Willamette and Columbia Rivers. We sail, row, camp, fix boats, talk dirt, run aground, and have fun regardless of the weather. You may already be a member.  Continue reading “Portland Sail & Oar League”

Aliens vs. Sailors and other news

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Mike and Bruce chat it up at the Port Townsend Wooden Boat Festival last weekend. Photo by Tim Yeadon.

Adventures are one of the great things about summer and this year my cup overflowed with saltwater travels around the Salish Sea ranging from Olympia, Washington to the Gulf Islands in Canada.  There are a lot of stories in the hopper, but few are ready for prime time.  The first of two tales on a spring sail and oar adventure in the San Juan Islands was published this week over at Three Sheets NorthwestClick here to read it.  A second, related story will appear in these pages in the next few weeks, followed by a rowing tale involving orcas in Olympia later in the fall.  And man am I itching to tell you the story of how another Arctic Tern boat ended up in Portland this week, but that will have to wait.

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