back from skamokawa

We’re back from our short camping/boating adventure! We headed down the Columbia River on the Washington side and put the boat in at Cathlamet, the second oldest town in the state (according to a brochure in the Hai-Ying Chinese Restaurant). Here’s the marina where we stayed the first night. You can barely see our boat there.

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Clean showers & clean bathrooms!
The following day we sailed and motored down to Skamokawa. The weather was kind of crazy and cold, and it even rained on us. Here’s the town of Cathlamet from the water:
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There are lots of sloughs and little inlets and such, so the area is quite popular with kayakers and canoers.
It was fun to see giant container ships buzz on by. Those things are HUGE.
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In Skamokawa we pulled the boat out at a little boat ramp. Please note the historic bridge and building in the background:
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We then camped on the boat at Skamokawa Vista Park, a really nice campground right on the water. It was so cold we froze our patooties off, but wouldn’t you know, the day we leave, the weather is sunny and warm! We still had a great time, though.

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8 Responses to back from skamokawa

  1. christina says:

    hi! i’m been a reader for some time now….and the question i always ask after almost every post is, “do you work?” you have so much fun!!! i’d love to read a post about your job whether that is 9 to 5 or something non conventional…or whatever you define as your job or nonjob!

  2. Mary-Heather says:

    What a fun way to travel!

  3. gleek says:

    what a great little trip! and a cute boat! my husband would give anything to own a sailboat. maybe one day :)

  4. Stella says:

    Hi Mariko, that sounds like a wonderful trip! I like the wood on your boat, it’s beautiful.

  5. john says:

    I’ll field Christina’s question.
    No. She does not work. She has never worked. She will never work.
    When I met Mariko in college, she whined “All I wanna do is stay home and sew and bake.” And then she somehow made it happen. How did she do it? She’s smarter than the rest of us, clearly.

  6. splatgirl says:

    Girl.
    What a fun adventure! I’ve always thought I’d take up sailing when I get too old to ride motorcycles.
    How does the whole “dude where’s my car” thing work when you put in at one point and sail to another?

  7. shannon says:

    Ha ha! I live in Skamokawa! (A friend alerted me to your post…) Someone aptly described this areas as “out of the way if you travel by road, but the center of the world if you travel by boat.” Glad you enjoyed your stay, despite the cold!

  8. melissa f. says:

    Hah! So much for it being “peter’s thing”. Looks good (as in: looks like you didn’t puke). I tried a lap zipper today. Don’t know quite how I did it, but it’s my new best friend.

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