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Saturday, 19 September 2015

On the anniversary of buying his kayak in 2014, Allan went boating on Gray’s River:

Gray’s River feeds into the Columbia River 24 miles upstream from Ilwaco. It features the only covered highway bridge still used in our state. It also flows below the back deck of the quaint Duffy’s Irish Pub. The river also is featured in several of Robert Michael Pyle’s books, including Sky Time in Gray’s River.

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A picture (borrowed from google) of a full river under the covered bridge

I read, on the internet, that it was only a little over seven miles up to the bridge. Then, on a fishing site, I found a boat launch on the adjacent Deep River.  With a tail wind and incoming tide until five, I figured to get back by five or sixish. It turned out more like  sevenish.


a twisty route


This is an upriver launch to fish around the Astoria bridge


As I left a fisherman was setting up. The boat’s anchor line indicates the river is flowing upstream.


Two things were going on here. Turkey Vultures were cleaning up a deceased sea lion and the wind indicator indicates a tailwind for sailing upriver.


Partially sunken logs are to boaters what pot holes are to bicyclists and motorists. The faster the boat, the harder the hit. Sometimes people mark them with a rope and a float.


entrance to Grays River


A scenic tree. If this was a highway it would have been cut. There was a bald eagle in it on the way back.


I’m part of a dog’s day


a cormorant about to fly off


Headed aft, past the coat locker to the galley. There I fetched provisions from the fridge, and returned fore to the bridge.

Arriving at the Rosburg Grange, just south of Hwy. 4 on the road to Altoona, I spied another boat ramp. I was two hours and twenty minutes into the trip.


the Rosburg Grange

After rechecking the trip review, I later discovered a shorter trip to the covered bridge that starts here at the Grange. No motorized boats allowed here so I hadn’t found it on the fishing site.


The boat ramp adjacent to the grange


Leaving the grange, under the bridge going to Altoona, and upward.


Maybe something interesting floating in the river…


..or not

I passed by a friendly couple in Rosburg.  You can see them below waving from their porch.


It was now 3:30 and I wished I had asked them how much further to Duffy’s as it’s a place I always like to visit when I am in the area. Not going to make it to the covered bridge today.


only seven long minutes later and there it was; Duffy’s Irish Pub.


good food and a garden too.

While gawking, I got off the channel and stuck in a sandbar. The staff came out and offered to help pull me off which I politely declined. Meanwhile I had put the camera away as I thought filming these nice people while stuck would be silly. Getting  afloat quickly seemed the nautical thing to do.


Here are pictures and captions from this blog, August 4, 2007, when Skyler and I visited here.



“Punk rock memories at Duffy’s Pub”



“The paths at Duffy’s Pub.. Some garden designer’s articles say you must, to be tasteful, stick with the same material throughout a garden, but I find this much more fascinating.”

It was too late to grab a bite or get a takeout dinner for two, so back downriver I went.


The mast didn’t thump the bridge at Rosburg.


A garden taking back a house below Rosburg.


Back past the scenic tree. Now it’s been over two hours since Duffy’s, but still another hour to go until sunset.


the low sun brightens up the shore


a view across the Columbia at the mouth of Grays River



The buoy marking the entrance to Deep River. The bridge to Astoria is nine miles away.

My longest trip so far I think, and I still didn’t make it up to the covered bridge, but I now know how to do it next time.


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