30 May: Allan’s Seaside boating
June 3, 2016 by Tangly Cottage
Monday, 30 May 2016
Memorial Weekend Monday was a busy day at Broadway Park. It’s east of the stoplight and a noisy happy place with lots of playground equipment, tables, big restroom and the Neawanna River. That’s the river you’ll see under the Highway 101 bridge at the north end of Seaside, Oregon.
The fancy dock is just above the picnic trailer.
This is Seaside’s wheelchair compatible, easy for everybody, kayak dock.
A two and a half minute video on how this works can be seen here.
Grab the rails, roll on the rollers and easy-peasy, you’re in, right side up.
Today, I’m going upstream as far as possible. There is plus 1.6 foot rising tide so it’s pretty low and shallow.
A Memorial Day wreath had washed up on shore
A set of rapids that might have sent the faint hearted downstream to easier waters.
The creek looked like it had a long way to go so I dragged the boat further.
Looks like an old bridge but the bank was too high and muddy to see if the any tracks remained
Paddling partners going upstream, just a little more quickly due to their shyness.
Silverleaf sending out tendrils to get established on the banks
A second portage. A good reason to have a little boat that’s easy to carry.
It’s still lower than my boot tops.
Just south of the 12th St bridge was the last bit of floatable creek. There were four groups of goslings swimming about so it was the end of the line for me.
As close as a 5x zoom lens can get while I stayed well back.
Goose school in session.
The South Sundquist Road bridge before heading back downstream
A muddy salvage trip but I got it. It was unlabeled. We can always use another cone.
Probably a victim of english ivy.
We traded greetings as I portaged back.
Almost ready below the portage, got the cone, looks I’m walking back because I’m missing something.
A speed bump for deep boats
I gave the wreath a nudge to send it on its way.
One of Seaside’s low maintenance plantings on their Broadway St. bridge.
Six, maybe seven sentries watching the river below the park
A heron doing neck stretches until it realized I was watching.
Then it dignified right up.
Geese making gloppy sounds in the mud.
The Seaside Chamber of Commerce filmed this same trip, with a red kayak, here. It’s under four minutes, taken at a high tide and with ambient music.
A short trip but part of completing a ‘U’ around Seaside.
Today I did the bit marked in black. last October I did the route marked in red. Someday, when the tide is right, I should connect the two doing the green route.
Bonus for having a van, I was able to stuff inside a new pre-assembled dream wheelbarrow for Skyler under the boat.