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Old 07-11-2018, 10:22 PM   #161
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Glad you four are safely back in your home waters. It was our great pleasure to meet all of you and be able to have you here on the 4th for some dinner, then out on Pairadice to watch the fireworks.


If all goes as planned we'll be in your neighborhood on Monday afternoon, hope to stay at CRYC, then to Multnomah Yacht Repair on Tuesday. Keep your fingers crossed.
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Old 07-11-2018, 11:07 PM   #162
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Tom and John.....I've been watching your river trip from AK. We're in Sitka for another week or so. It's not the same up here without the ASD and Pairadice pirates! I know Crusty is keen on Mexico next year. I'd bet that your 2019 adventures will be in the Sea of Cortez.
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Glad you four are safely back in your home waters. It was our great pleasure to meet all of you and be able to have you here on the 4th for some dinner, then out on Pairadice to watch the fireworks.


If all goes as planned we'll be in your neighborhood on Monday afternoon, hope to stay at CRYC, then to Multnomah Yacht Repair on Tuesday. Keep your fingers crossed.
Mike,

If you need anything, a ride, help on getting your boat in, please dont hesitate in contacting me.

Cheers my friend.
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Tom and John.....I've been watching your river trip from AK. We're in Sitka for another week or so. It's not the same up here without the ASD and Pairadice pirates! I know Crusty is keen on Mexico next year. I'd bet that your 2019 adventures will be in the Sea of Cortez.
Ken,

We were sitting on the dock just below Beacon Rock and had a discussion not only about this trip but how much we missed the Alaska adventure. It truly is amazing after nearly 10,000 miles how many really cool people we have met along the way, all living the dream. What’s even more amazing is how many of them are TFer’s. It is such a experience to put a face to the individual that we have shared on the ole interweb.
We are looking forward to the trip south next year. ASD will return to Alaska as many of you will also. We wish you all fair winds and following seas. And may you meet a few more friends along the way that will remain friends for as long as you live.

Cheers my friend, John

PS, are you still carrying a few AA’s on board for those special occasions?
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Old 07-12-2018, 04:26 PM   #165
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Tom and John.....I've been watching your river trip from AK. We're in Sitka for another week or so. It's not the same up here without the ASD and Pairadice pirates! I know Crusty is keen on Mexico next year. I'd bet that your 2019 adventures will be in the Sea of Cortez.
Too dang hot going south, ASD will be heading north next summer.
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Old 07-12-2018, 04:46 PM   #166
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So one last adventure today. We were heading down the Columbia by Kalama WA. We let a fuel barge pass us as we were just enjoying the morning cruise back to our winter dock. It was a bit windy and some serious wind waves were going on. Then we see a fishing boat with everyone waving at us. I thought they were saying hi. Then we realized they were signaling for help.

We turned around and there was a boat load of people, grandpa, son, daughter and 3 kids, all out for a day of fishing. Grandpa stated they had run out of gas and asked for a tow. I stated "really you ran out of gas." He said yes, we had a 1/4 tank on the gage when they left. All of this going on in 4ft wind waves.....

I told him to hold on as I would have to lower my dinghy and the Yacht does not tow. The Admiral stepped up to the plate and took over ASD as I lowered the tender, while bouncing all around. My dink has a VHF radio so I could talk to the Admiral. I call the Coast Guard and stated I was in the shipping lanes doing a rescue tow.

It took about an hour to get back to Kalama, with ASD standing guard. It was actually a pretty cool sight. Grandma was waiting at the dock, crying and thanking me over and over.

Grandpa approached me with a wad of bills. I stated no thank you, but you could do me a favor. He stated he owed me and anything.

I told him to take that cash and invest in a VHF radio. The big ships are not going to see you waving or stop to avoid you and your awesome grand kids.Its just down right dangerous and he was risking his life and those on board, especially your grandkids. He responded"You are right." I called ASD and had the Admiral meet me in a bay where the wind was less and I could raise the tender back on ASD without getting beat up.

I pulled away from the dock with a smile and call the Coast Guard with all safe message.
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Old 07-12-2018, 07:20 PM   #167
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Good job Tom. That's what boaters do for other boaters who aren't as well equipped or trained.
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Nice work with the tow, Tom. Many lives assisted or perhaps saved!

Thanks for taking us workin' folk along on another grand adventure.

See you on your way by in May?
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You bet buddy. I want to tie up next to that Nordy.....
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Tom, got your text and it will be done. Thanks for doing the "Guess Who's Coming To Dinner" thing with us. We really enjoyed the whole afternoon/evening with you four.


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So one last adventure today. We were heading down the Columbia by Kalama WA. We let a fuel barge pass us as we were just enjoying the morning cruise back to our winter dock. It was a bit windy and some serious wind waves were going on. Then we see a fishing boat with everyone waving at us. I thought they were saying hi. Then we realized they were signaling for help.

We turned around and there was a boat load of people, grandpa, son, daughter and 3 kids
I pulled away from the dock with a smile and call the Coast Guard with all safe message.
Tom, nothing feels as good as a good deed done. Congratulations for the lesson for Grandfather. Sound advise, it is forum members such as yourselves that makes the rest of us thankful for examples of seamanship you displayed.
Looking so to your voyage up this way next year. Will have the Alaska brew on ice.
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We left Hood River yesterday with 35mph winds on our bow.

We are leaving in a few hours for our winter dock, while Pairadice returns to Portland to start preparations for next summer's trip south. We will miss them a lot.

I am sure Crusty will add a final word here with stats and such. It was an interesting trip and fun with our friends. We met fellow TFs along the way who treated us like royalty. Would I do it again. Probably not for a very long time. The biggest disappointment was Hell's Canyon Resort in Clarkston, WA. The City of Clarkston needs to take over that operation.
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Thanks for taking us along again guys.
This being my home turf I wondered what you guys would think of this trip and think I am seeing a little f what I might have expected in the paragraph above.
I do not think this trip would be on my ‘top ten’ list but thinks parts of it would be interesting.
I think my ideal trip on the Columbia would be on a nice trailerable and later in the year after the current and temperatures subside significantly. The nice thing about a trailerable besides a size and draft potentially more appropriate for this water is that you you could pull it out at the Tri Cities after you have seen most of what is worth seeing on the lower main stem and then drop it back in the water in the Columbia River pool above Grand Coulee Dam they call Lake Roosevelt. For my taste, that is a spectacular body of water. You cannot get there from the lower main stem in a big boat.
I think that trip and Lake Roosevelt in Sept/October would be a trip worth doing.
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ASD, well done on the tow and the advice.
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