Thursday, August 14, 2014

Tillamook Bay & the Wiskey Creek Volunteer Fish Hatchery

Another stay at Harborview Inn in Garibaldi
We found a glorious sunset between Garibaldi and Bay City, Oregon at a view point on Highway 99...
... looking West across the bay...
...and watching one of many Great Blue Herons flying home to the trees above Garibaldi.

The next day we had a great lunch in the Tillamook Public Market...
...housed in an old brick building ...
...the proprietors of our lunch spot (Local Dog House) were great hosts with great dogs (Coney Island)...
... and the public market was much more than good food and worth a visit.
South of Netarts in Netarts bay we saw a couple of snorkelers one taking off his fins to make it easier to go ashore.

Driving toward Cape Lookout we stopped into the Whiskey Creek Fish Hatchery a volunteer operated hatchery made possible by a grant from the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife.

"The Whiskey Creek hatchery was developed by volunteers to enhance fishing on the Oregon coastal rivers, streams and ocean. Feed the fish, enjoy the grounds and come back regularly to monitor the growth of the salmon. Whiskey Creek Hatchery always welcome guests and new members to join in clipping, special kids fishing days, feeding fish and other events."

There is a nice short walk around the Hatchery including this - well I'm not sure what it is but it's cute..
... and this great view of the bay.
In the Hatchery itself I really liked this fish sign.
Just up the road the drive of the day had this highlight a U-Pick Oyster sign Sharyn spotted. Gotta love Oregon's sense of humor - or were they serious.
Back at Garibaldi at our campground I liked this Hydrangea's color...
...and loved seeing the Coast Guard Helicopter that flew in 200 yards or so away ...
... and the crowd that it drew including a three wheeled bike carrying a cowgirl...
... then off he flew into the sky and up the bay.

Quote of the Day ~ "We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give." ~  Winston Churchill

Columbia Riverfront RV - Woodland Washington

We had a great stay at Columbia Riverfront RV in Woodland Washington watching the Columbia River traffic. Nice RV park with plenty of wind and great views.
The Columbia River and all the Ship/Boat traffic started with the Coast Guard...
 ...  and Tug Boats...
 ... and some very unusual Ships.
 "Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics pioneered the designs that have led to today's state-of-the-art pure car truck carriers (PCTC) and roll-on/roll-off (RoRo) vessels.

Today, WWL has a fleet of more than 60 state-of-the-art pure car and truck (PCTC) and roll-on/roll-off (RoRo) vessels, capable of carrying a mix of products, from auto and large construction and agriculture machines to various breakbulk products.  "

 The Dauby pushing an SDS Barge.

"Wally Stevenson, Frank Daubenspeck, and Bruce Stevenson founded SDS Lumber Company in 1946, and Stevenson Land Company in 1990. SDS Lumber Company Manufactures Lumber, Plywood, Power and Pulp for a variety of markets.

SDS expanded and diversified into its marine division in 1984 when it first launched the tugboat “Dauby,” named after founding partner Frank Daubenspeck."
 The American Empress -
"American Queen Steamboat Company purchased American Empress (formerly Majestic America Line's Empress of the North) in 2013 and completely refurbished the vessel, officially launching it in spring 2014. The paddlewheel boat is the largest sailing the rivers of the Pacific Northwest.

Because the boat visits ports in Washington and Oregon, food and beverages onboard are locally sourced, a real highlight for fans of fresh seafood, up-and-coming wineries and craft beer. The food is generally excellent, both simple and familiar but mostly prepared to perfection. "

The ship OCEANIC HAWK is a Bulk carrier registered in Panama.
The Oceanic Hawk is currently destined for Kashima, Japan from it's last known port Astoria, Oregon.
 I couldn't get the name of this tug and it's rudderless barge but it was very impressive so I got a picture coming ...
 ... and going.
 The Redlinger - Corps of Engineers
"The U.S. Congress, recognizing the importance of the Columbia and Willamette rivers to the economy of the Northwest, established the Portland District in 1871. One of the original goals of the District was to remove obstacles to navigation in the two rivers. Today, the region’s commercial development is still dependent on safe passage of sea-going ships across the bars and up the waterways. The Portland Corps of Engineers keeps Oregon's waterways safe and navigable through dredging sandbars and channel deepening, ensuring safe transport for more than $18 billion in waterborne commerce."
 Horses were welcomed on our stretch of riverfront - beautiful horse and rider enjoying the sandy walk.
 Amongst all the ships were some Kayakers ...
 .. having fun on the Columbia River with the commercial traffic ...
 ... kind of like dodge ball with a Georgia-Pacific Barge and the Tug Challenger
The "Ocean Eternity", a Singapore Flagship, is currently off the coast of Cabo San Lucas headed from Astoria, Oregon to Arica, Chile

Quote of the Day ~ "Ships that pass in the night, and speak each other in passing, only a signal shown, and a distant voice in the darkness; So on the ocean of life, we pass and speak one another, only a look and a voice, then darkness again and a silence."     ~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow


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