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Tuesday, 27 October 2015

Whenever we drive to Portland on Oregon’s Highway 30, we are intrigued by the cluster of houseboats that can be seen on the John Day River.

Google Earth view of houseboats

Google Earth view of houseboats

an idyllic looking enclave

an idyllic looking enclave

John Day County Park is 3.3 miles east of the Astoria Safeway.

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I saw dog walkers and travelers making quick restroom stops. The double boat ramp is a big draw and the reason why I was here.

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Almost didn’t see these two hunters

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There’s two concrete ramps and a grassy area off to the left. It’s a $5 parking fee for the day.

Just upstream I passed a set of sailboats.

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Twin wind generators are mounted behind the twin masted ship

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It’s got the scupper of the day. It’s the thin gap from left to right under the dark brown planks that drains the deck.

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The heavy cable from the bow to the waterline helps support the masts.

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Time to move onward, or maybe he wants a ride.

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It looked like gardens were once planted on these logs. The maintenance; beach casual.

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For easier maintenance, there are potted plants on the decks.

The houses are more numerous past the highway’s bridge.

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This is the ‘Real Earth’ view of the ‘Google Earth’ picture earlier.

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I caught a picture of this old building behind the line of modern houses. There is road access and more money sunk into these residences compared to the houses I saw on North River.

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The water was very reflective today.

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A built in boat garage with a rickety widow’s walk.

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I saw up to three trawlers parked at some of these units which makes sense. The owners of these working boats could keep an eye on them and maintain them when not fishing.

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I thought this might be an otter. It was just a sunken log and the river is flowing upstream behind it.

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Now there are four cormorants.

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About 125 geese honking away

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I had my Aquatic Invasive Species Prevention Permit today, but I wasn’t pulled over by this Fish and Wildlife officer.

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A lawn extending underwater

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A personal fleet

This mossy branch was acquiring an animal or totem look.

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I see a mermaid at the bottom, an eagle looking down from the middle, maybe…

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The end of a small bay.

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Time to do lay back and do the limbo.

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Just steel beams under this bridge, not graceful masonry

For a distraction, here’s a short video on weighing down the masts on a 85′ sailboat in order to motor under a 65′ bridge.

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screenshot from the video

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a tree underwater

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a tree that’s been chewed

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a tree that’s food

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The river had faded into a meadow so I turned back.

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Today we had an unusually high tide of almost ten feet.

There was a small flock of birds on the edge of a dike.

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 bobbing their heads:

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The house that mows its yard by the tides again.

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Here is a second tier house that required a logged hill for its view and a long driveway for their boat.

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The only ‘heron’ photo today.

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With some skylights, this might be a very large greenhouse.

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Dry gloves at the ready.

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The ramp was damp to the lot from the receding tide.

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Something I didn’t know: The bus stop in front of Astoria’s Safeway had several shoppers waiting, but the shoppers also use the Riverfront Trolley.

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The Trolley isn’t just for tourists

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