Tuesday, February 28, 2012

29/29 - TWENTY EIGHT: On the Columbia

Ron watching a passing ship
September 2007
Really digging through the archives (thank god for smugmug). Back in the dark ages before we had motorcycles we joined a group paddling Ridgefield wildlife refuge. It wasn't planned to go out on the Columbia River, but the water was so calm we did a circumnavigation of Bachelor island, which included a stint on the Columbia. Crossed  paths with something a little bigger than the kayaks. I was hoping for a huge wake, but alas, big boat does not equal big wake. :)


  1. Glad it crossed your path instead of it crossing yours. :)

  2. Fantastic photo! It looks kind of intimidating though. I would be very nervous with that big thing passing by.

  3. Wow, that pic sure shows the difference in size.

    That is adventurous. I think I'd be too chicken to paddle with the big boats on the Columbia.

  4. Wow! This is a great picture! I experienced kayaking for the first time last summer it is amazing.

  5. Kayaking in Alaska or around the San Juan Islands is on my list of things I'd love to do. Congrats on making it to 29!

  6. Those things don't stop on a dime and need lots of turning room as well....good that you guys kept clear.


    Redleg's Rides

    Colorado Motorcycle Travel Examiner

  7. BlueKat:

    you guys are too brave. Looks so peaceful from a distance.

    Riding the Wet Coast

  8. Thanks everyone,
    It didn't pass very close to us, but I like how it looks in the photo. It was a thrill to be in the water with such a large vessel. When it first approached it appeared to head straight for us, but turned to stay in the main channel. They're surprisingly quiet, and make hardly a wake...just a gentle swell that passed under the boats.

    I would love to do some kayaking on big water. The San Juans or Vancouver Island. Ron doesn't like big water so it's unlikely I'll ever go. Alaska would be stunning with the glaciers and the rugged landscapes.