Camping on the Columbia: Part II
- Meet at Scappoose Bay Kayak at 11:00am
- Transfer my boat to the alternate Action Adventure Mobile.
- Drive to a state park on Sauvie Island
- Leave Car, Be packed and on the water at 1:00pm
- Paddle downstream to Coon Island. Arrive by 5:00 pm
- Camp overnight.
- Perhaps drink a beer
- Paddle more downstream to Scappoose Bay.
- Get car 1
- Drive to car 2
- Go home.
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- Assume everything will get wet that isn't in a good dry bag.
- Put heavy stuff in the center of the boat.
- This essentially means to put water right behind your seat.
- Perhaps your stove and pots and pans go in the rear compartment as close to you as possible.
- Stuff light stuff (clothes, sleeping bag, tent) up into the narrow tips of the bow and stern.
- This turns out to be easy to do but hard to undo. You can stuff things up there by pushing on them with the next dry bag in line. But how to you get them out? Hell, you can't even see up there to tell if there is anything there unless you take a picture with your camera.
- This is where the advice to “attach a string with a whiffle ball at one end to your bags” must come in handy.
- A LOT of stuff can go in at this point.
- You will always forget to put something in and have to start over.
|Had us Some Rain|
|And then Sun|
- You will sit there is a silly fashion until you can work your way around the barrier.
- You will be flipped over and drug from your boat and pulled under and pop up on the other side.
- You will be caught in a circular eddy that will flip you round and round and round until you have the wherewithal to extricate yourself from the boat, at which time you can use the boat to force yourself up and onto the floating log. Here you will find the slippery round purchase of the log untenable and after a few moments of scrambling your legs will be forced downstream under the logs and you will be once again spin around until you are carried below the logs and into a morass of old trees and debris where you will be trapped until Search and Rescue finds you when the river level goes down in the summer.
|Tempest on the beach.|
|Climb up That, it is always harder than the pictures make it look|
|That is a might fine shelter|
|Guess the Joke I just told|
|AH, dinner fit for kings !!! Kings I tell you !!|
A noise on the river. A very loud boat throwing up a HUGE rooster tail behind it. This boat was very strange looking. It reminded me of the Japanese Whale "Scientific" boats. The black sleek ones that are the deadly hunter killers that go along with the whale gathering mother boats and slaughter whales for scientific purposes. (oh, I almost said Scientific Porpoises. I am such a card)
|What is this thing?|
|This threw a bigger wake, with bigger waves on shore, than the barges|
On the Dock side (the south?) of the island we decided that it would be easier to load the boats and launch from the bank, so we did that. This was mainly because the current was still zooming by out there in the river.
And so we quickly wound our way back to the docks at Scappoose, where our cars were waiting. What fun. I do have to evaluate this entire idea of taking wheels with you when you go kayak camping. It seems like such a strange thing to do..... and yet........
|No Fish Glory|