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”→
“You’ve got to go to Caterpillar Island,” my friend Harvey told me one day. His enthusiasm for the island, located about 10 miles down the Columbia River from Portland, was undeniable. Still, it sounded too far from my homeport to justify the effort… Read the rest of the story over at Three Sheets NW.
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”→
If you set your mind to it, you could walk from Astoria, Oregon south to the California border. That’s because in 1967, the far-sighted people of the Beaver State passed a bill ensuring that, “the public has free and uninterrupted use,” of all 362 miles of coastline. Continue reading “On the Trail”→
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 Northwest. Click 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.
Got story ideas or questions? Drop me a line at bruce.boat.blog at gmail.com