FIFTH STATE PADDLED (continued)
Sep. 16, 2009 – Oct. 17, 2009
Things are moving so slowly for me... and gas is so expensive... I realize now, I'm not going to make it to the East coast this year. It would just be beyond my means to do so and then make it back to the Southwest in time for the Jan-Mar 2010 gathering.
So will be visiting my two sons and their families in Kirkland and Wenatchee, WA… and then head East to ID and Montana and do those paddles, then south to see my brothers, Jim and Dan in Vegas, and then on to the SW gatherings. I’ll kayak where I can.
After visiting Dani in Bellingham, I headed to Kirkland, WA (East of Seattle) to see my son Richard, his wife Rhonda and their daughter, Tori. We went to dinner on the Lake, great views.
We were finding a lot of glass, but Tori wasn’t all that much into it and she didn’t feel well, so we cut the day short.
My desire to collect beach glass was not satisfied so Spankie and I headed back over to West Seattle (Alki Beach) the next day… and I found a bunch of glass.
Also put the kayak into Elliott Bay and tried to paddle around Alki Point to where I lived between Lohman Park and Lincoln Park.
The surf and current were pretty strong, so I had to turn around before reaching Alki Beach by kayak.
Leaving Kirkland, I headed up to Wenatchee to meet little Zoey and visit with her dad Chris, my other son, and wife Jenelle.
This was our first meeting… the very first time I saw her in person. She was doing the “stranger-danger” thing, but warmed up to me in about 30 minutes.
Columbia River, Wenatchee, WA
My visit there was lengthened as my son had to fly back east to be with his dad whom he just learned might have terminal cancer. (He did and passed on New Year’s Eve 2009.
Decided I just had to have another paddle so put in the Columbia River at Lincoln Rock State Park.
Paddled all the way around Turtle Island… about four hours. Saw a deer family very close to me as I turned a corner.
Dancing on Picnic table (Dad holding on).
Chris returned from his Dad’s and I finally got to spend more time with sweet little Zoey at Confluence Park on the Columbia River in Wenatchee. Met some friends there too, the Holts from Kirkland, and we went to an agility dog show in that park and visited and tried to catch up.
This is a photo I took of us sitting at the top of a very tall slide. She was afraid (so was I but don’t tell anyone) but trusted me enough to get in my lap and slide down with me. Dad was at the bottom to catch us. And she wanted to go again! I mean it must have been 12-14’ tall?
It was time to move on.
My allergies were bothering me from their dog and also the pollution that settles in the Wenatchee Valley. Once out of town and up on the mesa… you could see the inversion clouds in the valley below.
All total, about five paddles in WA state, now I’m on to ID. Oh, but the most important thing, I learned Zoey will get a sibling in March, and me, my first grandson. Nice!