Thursday, January 11, 2018

A year end in review

Here's a little photo review of the end of November through December. It was an amazing year. We rowed right up to December 11.

A very high tide

Okay - this was another day when the weather was formidable. We tied knots instead. 
Well, of course we had to have sustenance. 

A new day - a sunny day. 

Of course it isn't always perfect weather...

Sometimes the weather changes...

But as you can see we do have a way with the weather. 

On December 16th, Verite  was taken out of the water for winter maintenance.
A good crew came to scrub her down. 
Thanks to Tom and the boys they cleaned off the outside for us. Wow, what a gift. 
That just left the inside for us to do. 
Thanks to a good crew that was accomplished in good order. 

We gathered in our new digs "tea room" at Vigor. 

However, there's nothing like eating out. 

It was a very good year.
Friends, Fellowship and Fun!

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Look out Portland - Here we come!

A few of us WOWers had a lovely adventure this past week. We took the train to Portland to see the Lincoln Street Kayak and Canoe Museum. We were also interested in taking the train because Amtrack is changing the route. After Dec 18 it will no longer go along the waterway. Like a bunch of kids on a field trip! Quite a few others got caught up in our excitement too (hard not to when we were so joyous, giggle). It was great fun.

After our arrival we walked to the Bus #4 stop passing these rock things along the way.
We excitedly gathered our exact change.
It was nice to be recognized an an honored citizen!

When we got to 52nd St. it was a bit showery, but the hike of 4 or so blocks past
nicely maintained gardens was a pleasant distraction. 

We met Harvey Golden at the Lincoln Street Kayak and Canoe Museum just as planned. 
As he shared the whole collection we were flabbergasted to find out he had personally made over 80 kayak replicas (made to current standards - no hides, bone, or tusk). He traveled to the museums all over the world gathering his own measurements. He came home and made them in whatever space he was currently living. One at least was built in a dorm room.  He also made the paddles, harpoons, and other items to demonstrate the kayak's purpose. What started as an simple interest developed into a life's work. He has since written at least 3 books documenting his efforts. We were in awe. We were somewhat shocked to hear that he uses these wonderful replicas in the Columbia River! Well, he had to know if they would function, right?

 The coracle is a small, roundish shaped, lightweight boat of the sort traditionally used in Wales but also in parts of Western and South West England, Ireland (particularly the River Boyne), and Scotland (particularly the River Spey); the word is also used of similar boats found in India, Vietnam, Iraq and Tibet.
Wu-Hu tub boat from China

A skin boat

This was a folding canoe seat.

A different caliper for different kayaks. 

And detailed plans... if you could understand builder speak. 

Needless to say - it was a great day. If you would like to visit... here is the website:

It wouldn't be a Portland Trip if we didn't have some street food... (okay so we went inside because it was raining) but it was a cool place on Hawthorne. The roja beef and rice dish was delish!  We rolled onto the #14 and back downtown, then caught the #35 to Burnside. Why? Because you can't leave Portland without stopping at Powell's Books (the Rare Book Room was very interesting). We stopped at the galleries as we hiked back to the train station. Fun for one and all.

No to plan our next adventure....