Our RVing Indio pals, Captain Jim and Mary, spend the summer at their home in Vancouver, Washington – just across the river from Portland, Oregon. They also have a “vacation home” – a house boat on the Columbia River – five miles from their stick house.
They invited us to their house boat for an afternoon on the river and dinner – and kindly included our friend, Dustin (visiting us from New York to run in a track meet Saturday) in the invitation.
Dave and I had only been to one houseboat – about thirty years ago – so didn’t know what to expect. Mary & Captain Jim have a lovely spot on the river, three bedrooms, 2.5 baths, lots of exterior deck space, hot tub and a drive-in boat garage with space for their little speed boat and two jet skis. This vacation home gets a lot of use from their children and grandchildren!
First thing on the agenda was a cruise on the river in the speed boat.
This is the view as we backed out of the floating garage
Let’s just say… Dustin may have enjoyed the ride… a lot
Osprey nest off McGuire Island – in the middle of the Columbia River
We spent about an hour on the river, having a tour past other house boats and along McGuire Island. It was awesome!
The sky was trying to clear!
After taking us on a river cruise, Captain Jim and Mary cooked a gourmet meal. While the feast was being prepared, Dave and Dustin amused themselves by launching bio-degradable water balloons off a massive sling-shot.
Loading-up the launcher