Close to Home Adventures on the Willamette

Like many Pacific Northwest boaters, come summer, I dream of sailing north, to places familiar or unknown, but always far away. The allure of the local is left to the neighborhood farmer’s market or the nearby park. But…

A Porta Potty Party Barge? No Foolin’

As April fools day approaches, my mind always strays to the regional tall tales locals like to spin: Scotland’s Loch Ness monster, our Pacific Northwest Bigfoot, and the rumored alligator of my own cruising grounds, the…

The Log of "Row Bird"

When I tell fellow sailors that I keep a log for my 18-foot sail and oar boat, they mostly look puzzled. "Why would I want to do that?" I see them wonder. Sure, it’s an open boat, and my thwart-based nav station consists of…

A summer solstice messabout on the lower Columbia

What better way to spend the summer solstice than on the water with friends? Thanks to leaders of the newly formed Lower Columbia River chapter of the Traditional Small Craft Association, attendees of the chapter’s…

Hidden in plain sight | Hayden Island’s aquatic community

Crossing the I-5 bridge between Portland, Oregon and Vancouver, Washington, a driver might spot boats on the Columbia River below, several dozen, perhaps, under sail or power. Noticing a few marinas as well, our observant…