Welcome to my descriptions, stories, and sometimes out and out lies about my weekend adventures around the North West. Though most of these are about Hiking, I may take you on some other outside adventures. Please leave me comments or suggestions and have fun.
Thursday, August 15, 2013
Kelly Point Park - Kayak
Kelly Point Park
One of the things I love about
Portland, besides the incredibly beautiful, intelligent, and complex
women that kayak here, is the many and assorted parks where one can
easily put into a big river for a little weekend adventure.
This weekend, my partner and I (she
being one of before mentioned beautiful, intelligent and complex
kayakers) went out to give Kelly Point Park a try.
Kelly Point is the peninsula that is
defined by the confluence of the Willamette and Columbia rivers. The
point itself is only reachable by foot, but there is a little kayak
accessible boat ramp on the Columbia Slough about a half mile away
from the actual point. Limited parking here, but there were still a
few spots left when we got there. My Partner and I put in here and
paddled out with the out going tide into the main channel of the
Willamette. This is down near the working end of the river. Lots of
big ocean going vessels coming up and down the Columbia. BIG ships.
Right at the entrance to the slough,
there is a large grain elevator complex and a conveyor belt system
that was running filling up a ship with what I assume was wheat.
Oregon ships a lot of wheat to the far east to make various pastries.
Like 90% of Oregon wheat is shipped to Japan. It is a big deal here.
Which is why it was such a big deal when they found some Monsanto GMO
wheat in a field in Oregon. How did it get there? Japan doesn't want
it. They won't buy it. They put a hold on their shipments. That is
going to be costing Oregon farmers money. Monsanto, on the other
hand, claims that they own all of the GMO stuff. Hell, if their
pollen gets into your field and your crops then have GMO seeds,
Monsanto will sue you for planting them. They OWN IT. Well, in my
opinion, if they own all of the upside of their patent GMO, then they
own the downside also. They should be paying Oregon farmers for all
of the lost value in this whole deal. You know I am right.
The name of the company shipping out
the (OK, what I assume was wheat) was OGI. Let's look it up.
OGI: Ok, that didn't work. Have to look
at the picture and figure out what it is. Hmm. Hey, it is CGI.
Columbia Grain International !!
And look at the map, right next to the
machines loading the wheat is this Huge oval of train cars (I marked it for you). Like 3
rows deep going round and round. Hundreds of grain cars lined up
bringing in grain to go into the elevator and out in the ships.
And once we paddled around the corner
into the Columbia (a little bumpy and eddyline-y out there at the
confluence) we could see a bunch more large vessels up the Columbia
and the side channel. And behind us came this really big blue ship
which I am pretty sure was a roll-on roll-off car carrier. More
pictures for you.
We had brought a picnic lunch, and the
beach right there on the point was very sandy and enticing, so we
just pulled up on shore and layed down and enjoyed the day. The sun
was threatening to come out, but that didn't stop us from enjoying
See the Sandy Beach?
Oh our way back to the car the outgoing
tide was really moving and it made a pretty good (perhaps 1 knot)
current in the Slough. The slough doesn't really go anywhere except
into Portland. From the maps it looks like you can get pretty far
into the city. Probably have to paddle under the highway or
something. Probably a fence that keeps you from doing that, it would
be too cool otherwise.