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Sunday, 5 October 2014

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Stopped at the Astoria cut off on Hwy. 101 to check ropes and to get some historic paddlers lined up for a pose:

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South Bend has a kayak dock as part of the Willapa Bay Water Trail. Same place as the Poker Paddle event I attended September first. I figured that if everything went upside down on me, a helping hand was more easily found on this route than on a remote river:

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A fresh catch of oysters being delivered to ‘Hilton’s’ Coast Seafoods Company  next door:

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The calm bird shots on the Willapa River were interrupted when the foot powered penguin style flippers whapped into a sunken piling. There is supposed to be a gap between the two fins so they can flap back and forth.

The flippers are scientifically faster and easier than a paddling they say. Seems to work but they still recommend carrying a paddle to back up and to poke things. Foot pedaling does keep me from drifting or splashing a paddle when getting out the camera. I unbent the front blade on a piling and paid better attention after that.

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A future source for boats to turn into planters?

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The phone’s tide app. showed the tide was just going out:

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I was headed upstream against the tide on a mission; about 4.5 miles to a McDonald’s for a burger. When I lived in Pullman, Washington in the 70s, a trip to the big cities often included a treat at a McDonald’s.

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The current going through a collapsed boathouse:

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These little circles and flashes in the water are little fingerlings that the birds must love:

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The Port of Willapa Harbor:

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…and a greeting from someone working on their sailboat:

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There is an abandoned turntable railroad bridge just south of Raymond:

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I imagined docking, climbing the stairs and exploring the rotted structure on top.

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This section of steel floor plate is missing leaving just the old wooden floorboards.

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The muddy shore of Raymond:

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No pics on land as I had left the camera behind in the life jacket. Fast food dress code. Washed my shoes and headed back downstream and down tide:

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Past the friendly sailboat owner again:

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Checked out a side stream with a foot bridge:

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Looking back at the Willapa harbor:

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This was my first trip in this skinny boat without the outriggers and it proved very stable. The dock was straight ahead but I took a longer route to check out some more stuff:

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More birds (some shy ducks & geese trotting away weren’t very photogenic):

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A fisherman was reeling in his net at South Bend:

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A different view of entering the town:

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The tide was falling and creating a current against the pilings.

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A plus 1.7’ tide still leaves the dock pretty low:

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A heron had claimed the small boat dock:

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Later, a view of Willapa Bay at a +1′ tide shows why keeping track of the tide in the bay is so important. The fog in the distance is the same coastal fog I’ll see later at home.

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