August Moonlight Paddle in Portland

27 08 2010

Back in July April and I thought it’d be fun to schedule a moonlight paddle with my PaddleNW Meetup Group. So we looked at the moon phases on the calendar and settled on August 25 as a date.

We launched from Sellwood Park abut 7:30 and headed down the slough on the east side of Ross Island, which gives a very pretty view as the sun sets of downtown Portland.

As we approached the city, the sky darkened even more.

And we passed right by the USS Blueback, a submarine exhibit docked at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry…it was featured in the film The Hunt for Red October, starring Sean Connery and Alec Baldwin.

It was a really warm night, and just perfect for paddling and seeing the city lights and moonlight. We even got to see the Hot Dog guy who sells hot dogs from his boat! Later, as we grouped before crossing the shipping channel, we witnessed an anchored fisherman get warned via five horn blasts from an oncoming barge!

Evening Paddle Organized by April – and My Old Kayak Britney Shows Up

16 07 2010

April Obern scheduled an after work paddle for tonight and a number of us showed up. Jessie, Phil Stanton, Jim, and two ladies with the same…Kristi! One of them I sold my Riot Brittany last year…and it was great to see my old boat out there!

I must say my old boat (not really very old!) looks great with Kristi in it! Such a pretty yellow/orange blend. Very pretty shape!

It was a beautiful evening. Temperature 86 degrees – wonderful to be on the river. And, the river was very warm! So several of us were rolling for practice.

When we passed the Ross Island Lagoon, a tug and barge was pulling out of its dock. We had to pull over to the port side of the passage to allow it to pass.

Kind of looks like the barge sent enough waves to capsize Phil! Not so, in this photo, Phil is just practicing his roll.

What a nice night! We really enjoyed being out there!