Afternoon on the Columbia River
Our RVing Indio pals, Captain Jim and Mary, spend the
summer at their home in Vancouver, Washington - just across the river
from Portland, Oregon. They also have a "vacation home" - a house boat
on the Columbia River - five miles from their stick house.
They invited us to their house boat for an afternoon on the river
and dinner - and kindly included our friend, Dustin (visiting us from New York to
run in a track meet Saturday) in the invitation.
Dave and I had only been to one
houseboat - about thirty years ago - so didn't know what
to expect. Mary & Captain Jim have a lovely spot on the
river, three bedrooms, 2.5 baths, lots of exterior deck
space, hot tub and a drive-in boat garage with space for
their little speed boat and two jet skis. This vacation
home gets a lot of use from their children and grandchildren!
First thing on the agenda was a cruise on the river in
the speed boat.
This is the view as we backed out of the floating garage
Let's just say... Dustin may have enjoyed the ride... a lot
Osprey nest off McGuire Island - in the middle of the Columbia River
We spent about an hour on the river, having a tour past
other house boats and along McGuire Island. It was awesome!
The sky was trying to clear!
After taking us on a river cruise, Captain Jim and Mary
cooked a gourmet meal. While the feast was being prepared, Dave and
Dustin amused themselves by launching bio-degradable water balloons off
a massive sling-shot.
Loading-up the launcher
Captain Jim grilled lamb kebobs and we were served grilled asparagus,
roasted potatoes and vegetables, cucumber salad (grown by Captain Jim),
garbanzo bean salad, tomato salad, dolmas and various olives and
cheeses. That's all.
But the sun was setting and it was time to leave their perfect
house boat. We had a great evening and can't thank Mary & Captain Jim enough for
Until my next update, I remain, your nautical correspondent.
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