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Winterizing Kismet For Storage In Portland, OR

Winterizing Kismet for Storage in Portland, OR

Time to Think About Winterizing Kismet! All good things must come to an end… well temporarily anyways as we think about winterizing Kismet. As the colder, wetter months arrived in Portland, we started to turn our thoughts to flying home for the holidays. Jim found a secure storage lot for our boat near Salpare Marina. As the time approached, we prepared a few to do lists – a list of things to pack to take home, a list of errands to do before we left, and the most important list of all, Winterizing Kismet, just in case. Although the temps are fairly moderate in the Pacific Northwest, it rarely snows and the winter temps don’t get below freezing very often or for very long when they do. Most people leave their boats in the water all year. With that said we felt it was still important to take Kismet out of the water, winterize and store it on land for the…

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Port Of Cascade Locks On The Columbia River

Port of Cascade Locks on the Columbia River

Port of Cascade Locks – Our cruising destination this week lies in the heart of the Columbia River Gorge. Port of Cascade Locks is one of the oldest towns on the Columbia River. In their journals, Lewis and Clark described this section of the River – the Cascade Rapids – as the “great rapids of the Cascades.” This stretch of raging water was formed by a huge landslide long ago and is more than two miles long. In 1880, because of the hazard vessels faced navigating the rapids, the US Government started to build locks to provide safe passage around the rapids. The older locks were completed in 1896, and the Cascade Locks was born. The completion of the newer Bonneville Lock and Dam in 1938 turned the river fronting Cascade Locks into a magnificent lake known for lively currents. Sometimes we feel as though we are modern day explorers of the many divergent waterways in America and Canada. It is daunting to think back on all the places we’ve cruised.…

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Willamette River Cruise To Downtown Portland – Day Trip

Willamette River Cruise to Downtown Portland – Day Trip

Cruise from Columbia River to Willamette River In an effort to get several cruises in before the weather turns on us, we planned a cruise from the Columbia River to the Willamette River. We left the marina with our son, Ross and grandson, Silas, to Portland within ten days of our arrival. This will be Silas' third boat trip on Kismet. His first trip was when he was just four days old. The second was in Traverse City last summer. We think he is starting to be old enough to appreciate what our tug can do on the water.     There are nine bridges in downtown Portland. In all, we passed under eleven bridges on our Willamette River cruise. The Bridges of Portland, Oregon "Who's driving the boat papa?" "Oh, now I am!"     Things really got exciting for Silas when papa gave him the wheel. Look at that expression. Silas is on his way to being a…

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Government Island – Friends On Board In Portland, Oregon

Government Island – Friends On Board in Portland, Oregon

Government Island is Just a Short Cruise from Salpare Marina. Having just arrived at Salpare Marina, in Portland, Oregon, at the begining of October, we didn't want to waste any time getting out on the water while the weather was still good. A good day presented itself and we called our friends, Patti and Eric to come down to the boat for a cruise out to Government Island. It really was a great day, with blue skies, calm water and a sunny warmth shining down on us. (Glad we did because there were not many days like that during our six week stay). Government Island is not far from the marina, so it was a quick trip there. We packed plenty of food for the afternoon excursion and we were satisfied to just cruise the short way to anchor. Time just flew by as we caught up on the time since we had all last been together. Patti and Eric always make us feel so welcome…

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Salpare Bay Marina – On The Columbia River – Portland, Oregon

Salpare Bay Marina – On the Columbia River – Portland, Oregon

Salpare Bay Marina is located on Hayden Island, in the Columbia River, north of Portland, OR, across from Vancouver, WA. Salpare Bay Marina is home for the crew of Kismet for six weeks while we visit family in Portland Oregon. We've stayed at two marinas in Portland over the years with our trailerable tug. Our first visit was in 2011 and we stayed at the Riverplace Marina. While it was fairly exciting to be in the thick of things in downtown Portland, with beautiful walking paths along the river, restaurants and shopping within short distance of the marina, our main problem with that location is there is little to no parking, especially for a truck and trailer. We had to scout out a vacant lot up river to park our rig and it was a little inconvienient. However, we did have family and friends nearby to pick us up if we needed anything during our stay. At the time, we stayed at Riverside a week…

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Staging Storing In Portland, Oregon

Staging Storing in Portland, Oregon

Staging Storing Whenever we plan a major trip, usually once a year if we can manage, it usually involves what we like to call "Staging Storing." We often need to stage our boat somewhere near our intended future cruising area well before we actually start cruising. Whether it be storage or docking somewhere nearby to avoid weather restrictions, to avoid higher costs, or we think we'd like to take in some interesting activity short of our final destination – making plans to stage and store the boat is an important element of trip planning. Our cruising plans for the next year will be focused on the Pacific Northwest, primarily Puget Sound and British Columbia. We often take our boat south to Florida for the winter months. In that scenario, we'd take a trip in the fall, to ferry Kismet well away from Michigan and it's brutal winters, to stage and store her in a warmer state, Tennessee or Alabama for instance. Maybe we'll cruise somewhere nearby the staging/storage area…

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Shower Facilities At RV Parks Can Sometimes Be A Hit Or Miss

Shower Facilities at RV Parks Can Sometimes Be a Hit or Miss

Sometimes we just have to forgo a daily shower for a day. Not our favorite thing to do, but sometimes circumstances pop up that preclude us from our regular bathing routine. Our choices for boaterhoming, while driving across country, are sometimes limited to what's available off the Interstate. Our first night on this trip found us in Onconto, WI, at Holtwood RV Park. When registering, we were told that the showers were coin operated and while that would have been doable (we’ve experienced coin operated showers all over the country while boating, especially Canada), after further inspection of the facility, we decided to delay that activity and take our chances on finding suitable shower facilities at the next RV stop. It was a MISS on this one! One of the very few drawbacks of using our boat as an RV is that we have to be careful of discharging water off the boat, even if it is clean. RV parks frown on discharge…

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Off To Portland Oregon, With Kismet In Tow

Off to Portland Oregon, with Kismet in Tow

First North, then West to Portland Oregon After months of packing, planning and organizing, we finally headed out this morning. First to 131, driving north to the Mackinaw Bridge. After we crossed the bridge, Kismet's bow was turned west towards our final destination of Portland Oregon. Not only will we get the boat out to the west coast before the snow flies, but we plan to spend time with our son, Ross and his family, in Portland for several weeks before flying home for the holidays. This is just the beginning of a year-long adventure in the Pacific Northwest. Because of the last minute change in our fall travel plans (see post here), getting ready to leave the house this year became a bit of a challenge. To further complicate the process, we had all our young men and their families home the week before. Jim kept saying that when he made up the schedule and presented me with a time table as to when…

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“Change Is The Only Constant In Life” – Heraclitus

“Change is the Only Constant in Life” – Heraclitus

Change is Good! The phrase, "Change is the only constant in life,” was written by a Greek philosopher named Heraclitus of Ephesos (around 500 BC). I’m sure when he wrote these now famous words he was not thinking about the cruising travel plans of Kismet (a Turkish word that stands for "fate" or "meant to be"). Lisa and I have have made a complete overhaul of our 2015/2016 fall and winter cruising plans, it must be "kismet." Our original plans, of cruising the Rideua Canal this fall, then heading to Florida for the winter, have changed dramatically. We’ve decided to trailer Kismet west, across country. We want to spend time with our grandson and family in Portland Oregon. Our tug will be moored in Portland, on the Columbia River. After the new year we’ll trailer Kismet further north to the Puget Sound area for some wintertime cruising in Washington State's San Juan Islands and British Columbia’s Vancouver Island, we've already reserved a slip in Victoria for one month. It…

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Family Time… In A Family Way

Family Time… In A Family Way

Family Time in Portland, Oregon After dropping our boat off at the Ranger Tug factory in Kent Washington for an auto pilot install we drove to Portland, Oregon. We were excited to spend time with our son Ross, his partner Sarah and our soon to be grandchild, due date early October. Lisa and I were able to spend the afternoon with Sarah while Ross was working. Lunch over Thai food got us caught up on all the pending baby plans. We couldn't be more excited for them and proud to see our family grow in yet another way. When Ross arrived home from his job the family reunion continued with happy hour (virgin bloody mary for Sarah) and dinner out at Pambiche. Before we knew it the evening was over but the memories will last forever. It was hard to leave after only one day, but the separation is made easier knowing we'll be returning, in October, to help them out during the first few weeks after…

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Preparing, Packing And Planning For Our Trip West

Preparing, Packing and Planning for Our Trip West

Planning for the trip west! After spending this past winter holed up at home in northern Michigan remodeling our kitchen, we feel we're more than ready for some new cruising adventure. We are preparing, planning and packing to head west soon to begin another fun boating season. First we'll visit the Flaming Gorge Reservoir on the Green River in Northeast Utah/Southern Wyoming. Then we'll continue on to Puget Sound in Washington State, there we'll put in at Anacortes and cruise north into Canada's Gulf Islands, Desolation Sound and more. Check back often, the fun is soon to start.

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Last Night In Portland

Last Night in Portland

We spent our last few nights in Portland at the City Dock right next to the River View Marina. Not a bad view at night with the lights from the bridges and downtown. No amenities on the almost free dock but it's right downtown and that was a big plus for us during our visit. Late afternoon the yacht, Lady M arrived to tie up across the dock from us, we suddenly felt really small (below - 164' to our tiny 27'). There was a lot of excitement about this vessel when it arrived. It was heavily rumored around town that the yacht belonged to Ringo Starr, so there was a lot of walkers on the dock all night, people looking to see Ringo, I would guess. We did our part to celebrate the occasion and filled up our iPod with Beatles music and turned it up loud. Well, the next day, we found out that the owner is not Ringo but Lord Michael…

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Today We Come To Name This Lady… Kismet

Today We Come to Name this Lady… Kismet

For thousands of years, we have gone to sea. We have crafted vessels to carry us and we have called them by name. These ships will nurture and care for us through perilous seas, and so we affectionately call them “she.” To them we toast, and ask to celebrate... KISMET.    To the Sailors of old… to KISMET    The moods of the sea are many, from tranquil to violent. We ask that this ship be given the strength to carry on. The keel is strong and she keeps out the pressures of the sea. To the Sea…To the sailors of old… to the Sea!    Today we come to name this lady KISMET, and send her to sea to be cared for, and to care for the FAVORS family. We ask the sailors of old and the mood of God that is the sea to accept KISMET as her name, to help her through her passages, and allow her…

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Friends & Family

Friends & Family

We've been planning this dinner ever since we saw Patti & Eric in Sandpoint, Idaho, in August. Finally it was time to meet kids and grandkids, see a new home and share a meal. It was one of those nights that you never want to come to an end. Thank you all for a memorable night.

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Willamette River – Portland, Oregon

Willamette River – Portland, Oregon

We live so far away from Ross and opportunities to connect are so few. So these five days in Portland with Ross are very precious to us. He took time off work several days to sightsee, eat out at favorite restaurants and take us on errands like the DMV, hardware and grocery store. We knew the weather was supposed to be great today so we planned a cruise downriver to the little town of Lake Oswego. We spent the day going slow, trawler speed. The Willamette River is very scenic, rocky with big houses on hills and steep cliffs. We docked the boat at this massive dock right next to a beautiful park. After a short walk we were eating ice cream and window shopping in Lake Oswego.

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River View Marina – Portland, Oregon

River View Marina – Portland, Oregon

On our own this time dropping Kismet into the Willamette River in Portland, Oregon. We took our time and eased the trailer onto the boat ramp and into the water. Because we were going slow it took us about an hour to complete the whole process. Finding a spot to park the truck took a little more thought and time. Since we could only park the truck and trailer in the parking lot at the boat launch during the day we decided to take it up river to a spot Jim heard about from another boater, we could leave the boat there for the five days we'd be visiting Portland. Our friends Patti and Eric followed us there and gave us a ride back to the marina. The River View Marina is not far from the boat ramp. We both agree this is a great spot to be while visiting our son Ross and friends, Eric and Patti. We took…

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