|Mt. Hood on the bow from the pilot house|
|Sunset from our anchorage at Lady Island|
|The "hog line" off the mouth of the Sandy River|
|The paper mill at Camas, Washington|
We pass the paper mill at the upper end of Lady Island heading up river at 5.0 kts (3.5 SOG), continuing past Reed Island and enter the Columbia River Gorge. The Columbia River Gorge is the passage way of the river through the Cascade Mountain Range which rise steeply on each side of the river.
We have wind! There is a light breeze starting to blow up river. It's time for the A-sail (asymmetrical spinnaker). By the time we get the sail rigged we have enough wind to move at hull speed with just the spinnaker. It is peaceful and quiet moving along under this brightly colored sail. We sail past Tunnel Point, Rooster Rock, Cape Horn, and Sand Island. It's a glorious day!
We continue upriver for another hour and decide to turn around and seek anchorage downriver as there is no protection from the wind, now blowing up stream at15 to 20 kts, or from the 1.5 to 2.0 current. Anchoring in an exposed area like this is foolish, as the wind blows you one way and the current tugs you the other.
We anchor in the protection of Cape Horn on the Washington side of the river, tucked between two wing dams. There was no wind and no current. Karen was able to leisurely swim to shore for relief from the afternoon heat.
|The "mouth" of the Columbia River Gorge at dawn|
The sun rises as we're passing Crown Point. The recently renovated Vista House sits atop Crown Point. It was built in 1916 at the same time as Highway 30, the Columbia River Highway, was built. Highway 30 was replaced by I-84.
|The Portland Fire Boat "David Campbell" sprays water on the Jantzen Beach Thunderbird Hotel|
While we were away the unoccupied Jantzen Beach Thunderbird Hotel caught fire and burned. While we were waiting for the opening of the Interstate Railroad Bridge we were fortunate to be able to watch the crews of the Portland Fire Department still at work mopping up the still smoldering fire.
|Ships at anchor in the Columbia River|