Hello my friends! My goodness, we had a couple of busy days with a long time on the road! Are you up for a story? OK, here goes. We had a sailboat for a long time and I loved being on the water. We sold it a while back and since then we've been looking for a power boat on which we could cruise on the Columbia River and haul to lakes and to the Pacific Ocean for crabbing and fishing.
Dayle has been looking at boats for a long time online - and I was interesting in a salty little design called a "C-Dory". He finally found one that we decided to go look at in Klamath Falls which is a 5+ hour drive from here. We picked up our son from work when he got off at 2:45, headed south. One of our truck windows wouldn't roll up, so we had to turn around and find a Dodge dealer who worked us in at the service dept and got it rolled up. We then headed south to Eugene and west to Hwy 97 and south to K Falls. We booked 2 hotel rooms for the night, then got up and had a quick breakfast and headed to the home of the man selling the boat. Here it is.
The guys climbed aboard and got a total introduction via the owner. I took a few photos. The boat was built in 2008.
It's got "twin screws" - 2 50 HP Honda motors.
The very nice owner Mike giving the guys a tour of the cabin and all the numerous electronics.
Finally we got to the "sea trial" - we followed Mike to the boat ramp on Klamath Lake and proceeded to launch the boat off the trailer.
Mike got the boat out into the lake and handed over the controls to our son Travis. He put it through it's paces. Fast, slower, circles.. :-) Dayle then did his test.. and I even took the helm for my own testing. :-) We deemed it a winner. See all the electronics? There is a radar, sonar, GPS, mapping/plotter, fish finder, two radios, etc. Also a crab pot puller, down-riggers, pole holders, fish bag, fish box, life-raft with EPIRB, etc.
We opened the 3 cabin windows and let the fresh air blow through and I enjoyed the cruise upon the water on a sunny day.
I snapped a shot of the V-berth where you can sleep, it's now full of boat things.
There was a neat island in the lake.
And this is why I wanted a boat again.. being out on the water is a wonderful thing.
I waited in the truck while the guys loaded the boat back on the trailer and was happy to get a visitor.. he cracked me up.. he kept sliding down the hood and scrambling back up to look at me. :-)
Hello? Got anything to eat? Anything? Crackers?
Then back to Mike's house where I waited patiently (in the hot truck :-) while the guys negotiated and finally came to an agreement and funds were exchanged and a title handed over, the boat was hooked up and goodbyes were said.
This was the view in our side view mirror as we headed north to home.
We drove through the high desert of Oregon, through Bend, Redmond, Madras and then headed west past Warm Springs on Hwy 26 over Mt. Hood.
I managed to snap this photo of Mt. Hood through the windshield going 65 mph with my iPhone! LOL!
It was a 289 mile, 5 hr and 29 min drive home. And then you have to include a dinner stop, rest stop and gassing up the boat which added 2 more hours to the trip.
When we got home at 9:45 pm the boys climbed up inside the cabin of the boat and Travis showed them around. Caleb said this (really!) -- "This is the most technologically advanced boat I've ever seen." LOL! All ready to go and guess what happened? It clouded up and started to rain overnight and it's still cloudy. We'd planned on taking the boys out on the water today. ::sigh:: I'm looking forward to sharing some neat photos of the Columbia River.. from the water... soon. I hope you have a great weekend! ((hugs)), Teresa :-)