Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Suislaw River Run

Today Randy and I launched the boat for it's maiden voyage on the Suislaw River out of Florence. We took a ride to the mouth of the Suislaw at the ocean, then headed up stream all the way to Mapleton. A very pretty ride.

Leaving the Port of Suislaw dock. This is where I backed our boat down a ramp for the first time. I didn't do too bad, just a little readjustment.

Typical for Florence in the summer, the day started off overcast and cool. We could see that the clouds might burn off, but no idea when. I wore my winter coat and it was needed when we hit full speed. Pilot Randy assuming his natural position while I provided nagivation advice from the forward lounge.

The highway 101 bridge, as we are heading west bound.

Our condo building as seen from the river.

Our condo, top floor very right unit. We didn't stay there because it was rented. We stayed at the Casino instead.

Heading westward still....

Straight ahead (the dark colored land) is the north jetty and the "beach" of Harbor Vista Park, where we like to camp.

This is as far west as we went. The Coast Guard was doing some sort of exercise around the bend and we wanted to stay away from that.
This is a railroad crossing over the river, east of Florence at Cushman. We have come all the way back up river past our starting point and are headed east towards Mapleton. The river channel is very difficult to see as you boating east near the casino. Luckily another boat had just come from upstream and we headed in the direction they came from.

The upstream Siuslaw River has a whole different feel, as if the ocean was hours away.

A cute boat in Mapleton

HWY 36 bridge over the Siuslaw River, Mapleton.

The scenery upstream from the HWY 36 bridge.

I drove the boat all the way back to the port, because it was fun. Who's CAPTAIN now, huh?!

The "pirate boat" in Cushman...

The wharf at Old Town Florence. Gee look at that sky, pretty blue! Of course this was when we were getting ready to take out. All done with the Siuslaw for now.

The next day we took the boat out on Woahink Lake, no pictures of that. We circumnavigated the lake and browsed our dream lake houses. We saw a couple of jet skiiers, otherwise the lake was empty. I wish I had thought to get fishing licenses, it would have been enjoyable. The weather did the same thing to us again, cold and cloudy until we loaded up. We'll be back.


Grampy and Grammy said...

super good pics of the river you could be a pro pic taker!

CVOChristi said...

What do you mean "could be", I'm an artist, it's what i dooooo.