Got underway on Tuesday, Aug. 25 and headed downriver with grandson Avery aboard, who would be crew to Astoria. Spent the night at the St.Helens public dock, then the next day went down to Walker Island where we tied to the Columbia River Yacht Club outstation dock for the night. Thursday we made the trip down to Astoria, and anchored behind Tongue Point, intending to take a slip at the West End Mooring Basin the next day. Just got the hook down when we turned on the weather in time to hear a “special weather statement”. An unusually strong low pressure system packing winds from the south of up to 65 mph was bearing down on the north coast and expected to arrive Friday night. Say what?
We figured we would ride it out in the marina – only they had no available slips. The coming weather along with the hot Buoy 10 salmon fishing had everything full – so we pulled up anchor and headed back upriver to Elochoman Marina in Cathlamet, Wa. Turned out to be a good choice – we heard from another boat who rode it out in Hammond that they saw gusts of 70 knots, and even tied to the dock the boat was healed over so far they could not stand up!
We arrived just in time for the Baja Cruisers Reunion – saw some old friends and made some new ones. The Elochoman Marina is much improved from or last visit 15 years ago. There is a new brewery just up the hill, and you can tent camp, rent a cabin, a yurt, or an RV spot at the marina. The folks are friendly and the facilities well cared for – definitely worth checking out!