Posts Tagged ‘Raymond Washington’

Saturday, 15 July 2017

The WSU Master Gardeners of Grays Harbor and Pacific County present:

Somehow, probably because of not reading the description thoroughly, we completely missed finding the greenhouses.

by the parking lot, one of several garden boats (Allan’s photo)

the plant sale in its last hour (Allan’s photo)

We were able to get a free spider plant, something that Devery had been looking for.

Allan’s photo

on the deck overlooking the river (Allan’s photo)

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

view of North River (Allan’s photo)

Allan’s photo with houseboats in distance (that belong to this property, or at least the moorage does)

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

another garden boat (Allan’s photo)

and another (peonies, as I recall)

inside a small fenced garden

I could use a sign like this for after my lilies bloom.

walking down to the river…

…to take this picture.

Allan has boated past the North River Resort and had blogged out about here, so it was especially interesting to him to see it from onshore.  The whole 83 acre place is for sale, with a video overview available here.

Old Downtown, Raymond

a riverside drive back to Raymond

After the scenic drive back to the town of Raymond, we took a detour to the old downtown to see what sort of landscaping or containers it might feature.

a lavender trimmed grocery store

a long concrete planter with butterfly decorations, just watered

from the back

three attractive containers by a gallery

I liked the downtown banners (one of several bird themed ones)

I’d like to have seen that movie; it played the following evening on the Peninsula, way up in Surfside.  Unfortunately, it was the evening that the Ilwaco planters must, without a doubt, be watered.

another planter, also just watered

Dennis Company’s main store had floriferous planters outside.

with sunflowers

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

Well done, Dennis Co!

As we drove toward home, we cruised by a garden in South Bend where an old friend and great gardener lives.  Next post!





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Sunday, 14 August 2016

Allan’s boating excursion

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Returning to the scene of part 2 in the August 7 blog 

The last time I was on the Willapa river my goal was to find the most shallow part that could be paddled. I had been advised it was just over 2 miles up from the Wilson Creek launch .


Just a couple more miles upstream!


With a slight tailwind, here I am back at the bridge 2 miles upstream from her dock.

This resulted in a formula:  GIVEN: (glass half fullism + pity (ghf+p)) equals a multiplying factor of 2.25,   AND: ( a stranger’s given distance (sgd) x (ghf+p)) equals the ACTUAL DISTANCE (ad),  The formula looks like: (sgd) x (ghf+p) = (ad).

Substitute the given values: (“2 miles” x 2.25) = 4.5 miles actual distance.

This was proven true today, twice.


Into new territory. The wind was predicted to be 15 mph and carry me right upstream. It wasn’t blowing yet

The river is salty on its incoming tide which might explain this sharp high tide vegetation line.



Lots of attractively planted pilings. I bumped over a few underwater which must be even more a thrill with an outboard engine.


The second bridge. This is about the upper limit for small fishing boats according to LeeRoy’s Ramblings  , an excellent local fishing blog.


A typical North American small fishing boat.


Wow, what a destination!


This is a “no tickets’n turnstiles” budget water park featuring a unique high dive with tidal adjustable height.


Also featured is a water swing plus a return ramp up the beach. (More about this river’s beaches later)


The locally sourced return ramp


Many hours of work involved, and such an accomplishment! The old time artistic signature above and the modern era disclaimer below.


This was worth paddling by many times as the river kept pushing me downstream while I  studied and imagined this place in use.


A not so quality picture of a couple as they quickly kayaked downstream. “Just another 3/4 mile.” they said.

Applying the earlier formula again, briefly, ((2.25) x “(3/4) miles)”  equals just under 1.75 miles to go. I measured it….


Looked like a tree wanting its picture to be taken.

…and with a slight round-off error factoring their downstream exuberance…


Upstream at the ‘end of the line.’

…it was actually 1.5 miles upstream from the kayakers’ friendly ( ghf +p ) advice and 4.5 miles from the dock near the launch.


Shallow rock bed all the way across. Time to wade like an explorer or turn around.

Banging into pilings and shallows resulted in a rod becoming bent and a flipper stopped moving. One flipper would equal only half speed so I took a few minutes to replace it.  I can straighten the damaged rod later.




Headed back downstream against a wind.


An attractive farmhouse with a beach.


Returning under the first bridge with a wet lens.


Past the cute ‘Lany Bug’ again.  It just called for another photograph.


Last visit I thought this ramp only needed a replacement dock. Now I think the bank washed away from underneath it too.


Adjacent to the ramp the riverbank looks scrubbed.


Alert boaters must become shorter than this stick.


I learned that when a ski boat is being towed the towed person gets soaked.

Back at the launch I installed the other pontoon and headed into the brisk wind downstream.  I intended to to paddle down and sail back.


A fine house and a riverfront fishing camp.


A turret, skylight, fireplace and style.


The beginning of a very long row of pilings.


Tightly spaced and extending around the bend.


The head wind still blowing should make for a quick trip back.


The apparent source of the pilings, an old mill.


Remember the water park’s beach ramp? This is the typical river beach. I learned to wear knee boots, they built a ramp.


Part of a old belt system I think


It’s next to the burned and ruined dock


It looks like a small cedar shake operation still continues.


Where’s the wind?


Getting a scrub before boarding


A house with a fine view while the trees slowly grow back.


Calm, windless water. It was still a faster trip upstream against the current than downstream against the wind.


A shy deer from Raymond.


Professional model deer from Raymond


A colorful rail on what looked like a day care center.


12.3 miles with about 20% of the time not moving.

Piecing together about three trips, I’ve now paddled  the Willapa river end to end except for the swampy bits on the upper left of the map near Raymond.


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It had been sunny and warm with a 15 to 20 mph wind from the north for the second weekend in a row. Last weekend a friend and I had planned using that wind and an incoming tide to blow down the Willapa Bay from Oysterville to their house about 9 miles south in a kayak and a sailboat. A writing deadline came up for her, we had to cancel.

Today the wind was still blowing, too cold for gardening, branches might fall, things like that but, it was just right to sail. Willapa River runs mostly east to west and a north wind should be ideal.  Last October when I went to South Bend to sail I left the sail at home so I paddled to Raymond instead.

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South Bend’s small boat dock. (Near the liquor store and / or the public rest room.)

This is how 16 foot sailboat gets small and light enough for one person to stuff onto a mini-van.

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The gardens on the dock were in bloom…


Beautiful gardens on the dock

…and there were blackberry bushes in bloom upriver.


Blackberries will be here soon.

There was a house in this logged off spot and a quarry to the left.

logged out

A clearing with a view…


…and an isolated view of the valley.

There were big houses…

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…and cozy houses.

I liked this one for its location.


An affordable (maybe) single wide on the shore…


…and a chair to watch the river.

I saw people running…



…and I saw people fishing.


metal art

One of Raymond’s many public art pieces.

There were birds.





shy babies

I paddled up to this inlet last visit. Now it is a moorage.


There were boats at the Port of Willapa…





…and I saw the Weyerhaeuser mill in Raymond.



More logs arriving

Going beyond Raymond I furled up and went slowly under the 101 bridge. I wouldn’t want to risk damaging  the concrete.


Keeping right I went up Ellis Slough past Raymond High School where someone was running up and down the bleachers. Thought how I don’t do that any more and continued up to a modest house at the end.


A boat from Australia or Africa could cruise right up to this back yard.

From the South Bend dock using a car I could have traveled 6 miles in just 11 minutes to get here. Instead it was eleven crooked miles in two and a half hours to reach the end of the slough.

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adding extra distance by zig zagging through pilings

The wind picked up to 15 or 20 mph, gusting to 26 and white caps developed. The lens, the sail, everything got wet on the trip back. I didn’t take out the camera . Fortunately the water was warm.


Tacking upwind back to South Bend

dripping sail

Water dripping off the sail above the water spot on the lens

Nearing South Bend, I remembered the camera can take short movies so, for a 78 second video of a tack through the pilings, click here.

My favorite video of this boat is seven minutes long. It shows someone leaving a dock, paddling through a marina and out onto a windy harbor while he narrates. It shows the boat as safe, stable, forgiving as he turns, not too technical and splashy quick.


Back to the South Bend dock with a +3.0 foot out going tide

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The squiggly route around South Bend and the overall route

I got a reading of 6.9 mph on the way up before the battery went dead so, my imagination can only speculate on the great speed later when the wind was stronger.

Finally a scene seen often by local drivers, the Willapa Bay from the Bruceport historical sign south of South Bend.


View of Willapa Bay from Bruceport with a +2.1 tide

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Saturday, 30 May 2015

Allan’s day off:


This sounded like a good day off. Skyler dropped this on my facebook page and I put it on the calendar so we could schedule work around it.

Raymond is on the Willapa River upstream of South Bend & the Willapa Bay and it is a full day trip for me to paddle from South Bend up there and back (pics). The Willapa River has a lot more relics and stuff to explore in Raymond and upstream so this new dock needed checking out.

 Raymond has a boat trailer launch located to the right of the last bridge as you leave town northbound. It needs dredging as it’s a field of mud at zero tide… (Here is a picture from Lee Roy’s site .)

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My visit at an eight foot tide

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As a crow would fly from Ilwaco to Raymond

Onward except for a tragic delay.


Traffic just north of the Bruceport hill was reduced to one lane as a crew cleaned up after a truck carrying a couple of thirty ton rocks southbound for our local jetty drove off the highway. The cab was badly crushed and I feared the worst for the driver but he survived. A video made by the towing company supervisor as they pulled out the truck was found by Jenna and can be seen here: (Kenworth Rollover) .

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Map (courtesy of Google) showing Raymond and the new dock. (Also shown is where I discovered deposited two rubber ducks of the six duck depots).


Volunteers at the sign in tent.

 If a boater returned with ducks from two differently located caches they received a nice prize and a free ticket for a new Pelican kayak being raffled. Energy bars were also available for sale.

However, even energy bars would not have enabled me to lift my hefty 63 lb. 16 foot boat over the zig zag rails down to the dock. See that guy behind the boat in the photo above? He was a lifesaver and the muscle I needed to get down to the dock and back.  People with lighter and/or shorter boats made their way down to the new dock just fine.


Michelle Layman hosted this event

Michelle has started a Facebook page called Willapa Harbor Paddlers – Kayak Group …”to share photos and let other paddlers know where your favorite places are to paddle and enjoy the scenery!”


Here’s the lower dock and Raymond’s new kayak platform as it slides in another boat.


The first person I met out on the water was a fisherman who wanted to talk salmon fishing. The season apparently just opened. As I am from Ilwaco, a town big on all things fishing, I should have had answers but I didn’t. I don’t fish.


I followed some others through this narrow passage and discovered a shortcut to the swivel railroad bridge.


It’s big and perhaps climbable to those who dare.

 Here is another shot of the bridge from a sign at the dock

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The swivel bridge at its heyday in the early 1900s.


After going around the east side of the railroad bridge it got busy.

 I found out that one of the hidden duck bags was nearby and went back around the west side…



…and there it was


My first duck!


I gave a clue to a nearby duck hunter and then another one was liberated from the bag.


I see ducks on their decks.


I headed past the dock and upriver where I found this bird looking down at me and the disruption we were causing.


It’s hard to get good shots of  flowers when you’re floating in a trench.


There were half a dozen baby ducklings (real ones) splashing away to my right while their parent swam left across the front of me. I went along with their deception, turned away from the cute little ones (sorry no pic), and got a long shot of their parent.


Above: Their decks decked out in ducks too. I got another clue to head upstream more, turn right and head down a skinny bit of water where I was lost until…

DSC01106…these two showed up. The yellow boat guy is a local and knew about a duck bag between some old barges nearby.


Here is a side view of a barge. I was told there were still hull markings but it looked like garden patina to me.


Location of duck number two between the two barges.


A first time kayaker. We later came across her mom, also out for her first time, looking for her.

One nice thing about organized events is that there are others around for advice and to make sure everyone has fun and gets back to the dock.


A graceful boat.

Another hunter of ducks who mentioned that he also has paddled Lake Chelan. Cosmopolis and Hoquiam also had boaters here today.


A very dry exit on Raymond’s new dock. South Bend has a low dock that helps prevent flipping over but this ramp and overhead bar is very secure feeling. Yeah Raymond!


Participants leaving in front of one of Raymond’s many murals


I stuffed an auto GPS in a waterproof box just to gather numbers. Kayaking is slower than a bicycle but sometimes faster than walking.

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