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Sunday, 5 June 2016

Allan Paddles the Bone River

James Swan, the author of the book, ‘The Northwest Coast’, built his residence at the mouth of this river in the mid 1850’s. In his time it was called the Mouse River or the name it had always been before: The Querquelin.  The Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum is currently running a photo exhibit of ‘Swan’s Land‘ which I plan to see soon.

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Mr. Swan’s sketch of his residence with Toke’s lodge on the right

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The Bone River is just below Bruceport

Today’s plan was to use the northwest wind to carry me to and from the river’s mouth and also to use a rising tide to go up the river, a falling tide to return.

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Starting at Bay Center and going for a  gold star

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1 pm to 6 pm will be clear of the vast mudflats.

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Passing Baby Island at 11:20 with a rising 2.4′ tide and mudflats.

There is a short road upstream just north of the bridge that would make an easy starting point if you’re comfortable leaving your car there.

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Looking downstream from the turn off.

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A peaceful highway view that soon will have a red boat distraction coming upstream.

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The town cafe and biker bar. I will return.

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Oyster farmers unloading.

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A large parking lot at the launch with an oyster white sheen

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Another working boat coming in just before I leave.

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Between those two points lies the Bone River

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I found a skinny cup for the small cup holder in the little yacht. I can now sip drinks enhanced with salt spray.

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Off for more oysters.

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First view of the river’s entrance

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I tried for a better photo, twice, before pulling down the mast. The bridge is really too low .

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This works.

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The swallows swooped in and out faster than I could snap the shutter.

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A calm river with very little current. In four miles there will be hazards only a more nimble little boat can ascend.

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A hot day today. The birds and animals seemed to be snoozing. Here is a stray fishing float we will follow up later. Note its location.

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Convenient for logging, the trees were all pretty young.

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This line of pilings to tie up log rafts were the only human relics I saw past the bridge.

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A mild wind was blowing upstream.

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Not enough wind to bother with the sail.

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A head scratcher.

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This was the end for me today. The water was five feet deep but this hazard is is best conquered with light little boats like Mary Beth’s 39 pounder she sold me.

 

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One outrigger pulled in but it’s still like turning around a motorhome.

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Quiet trees on a warm day

Now it’s time to get back to the launch. The day is still, quiet, and the wildlife seems to be snoozing until the evening. I speed up to 4 mph and head back to the bay. A 33 sec. YouTube video putting you there is here.

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Potential sea beans for Skyler on the right side but they’re muddy and it would kill the plant.

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Same float, different place. Now it’s in our yard.

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A survey post where I wanted to land to see where the old village/homesite might have been.

I walked out to what I thought might be a marker for this historical site.

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It was a marker for a recent survey and a ‘witness post.’

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When I got home I reread the book’s passage and decided the more likely village site was upstream of the bridge.

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“The river wound round this point in the form of a horse-shoe…”

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The circle indicates a field that may contain the site of the old illustration.

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Possibly a historic field next to the highway

In the 1966 book: ‘Coast Country’ by Lucile McDonald, she describes the recent finding of James Swan’s old fireplace. The site has also changed due to building a highway through it and flooding.

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Sea beans for Skyler by the survey site. Plump, thick patches of sea beans everywhere. I took a few and we had them for dinner the next night.

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No salt required on these little green delicacies.

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I sailed back to Bay Center.

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Closely spaced floats in rows marking oysters

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Six o’clock Sunday evening and the port is quiet

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A view of the 101 bridge just south of the Goose Point Oyster plant from Bay Center.

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A rough oyster shell beach.

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Lots of ‘stopped’ time today, like a staycation tourist.

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Using this and google maps you can see how far upstream it is navigatable.

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Outside of the Dock of the Bay eatery

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Some of the interesting art inside. I couldn’t see an artist’s name on these prints but very interesting in a ‘how things work’ way.

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Reasonably priced hamburger steak dinner including the option of ‘oyster dressing topped with hollandaise sauce and melted cheese.’

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Baby Island on the way home at 8:20 pm with a falling +2.1′ tide. It’s back to being mudflats again.

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