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Old 07 February 2007, 09:36   #11
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San Juans and/or Columbia

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Hey guys all three sounds like awesome trips to me and count me in for any or all of them. The first trip in March or April also work great Iím in Utila diving from March 8-18th so later March or any part of April would be awesome. Iíve only been on the Columbia fishing so any trip would be new to me and a lot of fun. Are we looking at camping or hoteling it? Me personally Iím always up for a good steak cooked over a fire.

As for the San Juanís letís do it. I have a couple friends coming for a week of diving July 21-30 so that time frame is out for me. As for places to stay up there there are several Islands that are camping only and usually first come first serve. With that being said I have also never not found a place to camp either. If we wanted to base camp in one spot and take day trips I could run the fifth wheel up to Anacortes Friday morning and stake out a couple spots at Washington Park they have a nice boat launch there and just make day trips.

Sounds like we have got a good summer starting to evolve.
I've camped at Clark Island (NE of Orcas Is in the San Juans), nice camp sites and there is even a reservable group site. I was there in peak summer season a couple of years ago and there was I think 2 other campers on the 20 or so camp sites. The other northern islands in the San Juans get a lot more campers and it is hard to get a site in the summer.

This sounds like fun, either the Columbia or the San Juans, or both!
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Old 07 February 2007, 12:34   #12
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Right on sounds like we have a forth boat being added to the mix.

Iíve only stayed on the smaller islands around Whidbey Island. I actually havenít done a camping trip out of my RIB Iíve only done them out of a smaller 13í SIB I use to have. But have heard many a story about people going and finding a spot but itís always been on Sucia Island.

4STR how often do you go out diving? Iím usually in the water every weekend and Iím always looking for more dive buddies and boats to go along. During the summer I try to do at least one camping/diving trip a month.
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Old 08 February 2007, 14:38   #13
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Excellent,

I guess the date I am shooting for is the last weekend in March. If we launch somewhere either in Portland or on the Columbia, let's say Camas/Washougal port, it is about 100 miles to get to the Pacific.

Which we could easily do in a day. With several stops along the way and for any equipment malfunctions (Kalama, Longview, Astoria).

I like the idea of camping, but it might be a little cold.
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The last weekend in March works well for me. We will plan on a Saturday March 31st launch?

Camping in the cold doesnít bother me a bit itís the camping in the rain that sucks. I am game either way but putting my vote in for camping if there is a camp ground around with a dock. I took a quick look and didnít find anything but didnít look that hard either. If we donít camp are we thinking mooring in Astoria and getting a local hotel? I wouldnít mind launching a bit east of Portland and running west. Where would be the safest place to leave the vehicles over night and not have to worry about them?
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Old 09 February 2007, 00:06   #15
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Right on sounds like we have a forth boat being added to the mix.

Iíve only stayed on the smaller islands around Whidbey Island. I actually havenít done a camping trip out of my RIB Iíve only done them out of a smaller 13í SIB I use to have. But have heard many a story about people going and finding a spot but itís always been on Sucia Island.

4STR how often do you go out diving? Iím usually in the water every weekend and Iím always looking for more dive buddies and boats to go along. During the summer I try to do at least one camping/diving trip a month.
I dive at least a couple of times a month. Spring thrrough fall the boat gets out at least once a month on a dive trip. I've camped on Sucia and Patos too.

The end of march sounds good. Not sure about camping in the rain but what the hell.
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Old 09 February 2007, 01:49   #16
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hey guys. i won't have my rib together by the end of march, but i can roll with the C5. i'll just need to visit the chiropractor the next day.

i have a couple ideas for places to stay.
1. vista park camp ground in skamokawa wa. that's across the street from my families place.

2.we can crash in the house too. it's not big but has 5 beds and 3 bedrooms (money saver). we can park the boats right at the dock overnight.

3.there are rooms to rent at a cool waterfront place facing the river with a dock. i'll check on prices. i found a picture of my son and i heading into skamokawa. the rooms for rent are just out of the picture but on the waterfront. two fisherman bars and an interpretive center for fun.

4.there is a chance we could stay at a friends place in altuna. it's a vacant, creepy house that i swear is haunted. it would be free and has a spectacular view up and down the columbia river all the way to astoria. no dock, but we can tie the boats up to pilings if we dare.

5. i don't see why we can't camp on the islands scattered thoughout the river. we camp on them and play paintball out there too.

here's a pic i already posted of my c5 tied up in front of the altuna house. astoria 10 miles in the distance. the ocean about 13 i think.

one final note. there is a HUGE rope swing along the way. must be 60 feet up and only accessable by boat in a cove surrounded by cliffs. i'll dig up a picture.
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also, for those who have never been in this part of the columbia, it's huge.

in the picture with the boat tied up. what looks like the other side of the river is only halfway across. those are islands and they line the river for many miles. tons of places to explore.

sales pitch done

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i just google measured the trip via the river.

nw portland to the pacific-98 miles

longview to the pacific-60 miles

skamokawa to the pacific-30 miles
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OK OK you guys talked me out of campingÖor maybe I just realized we are doing this in march and the chance of rain is about 99.999%. Columbia all of the options you give sounds great coming back from 10 days of diving on March 15th money savers are always good and option 3 sounds pretty cool too. Being we are taking a full day each direction I would say lets launch in Portland but it looks like Iím running the bigger boat so Iím probably not the one that should make that call. I know I can make a 100 miles and just a couple hours if I need too. Columbia if you canít get the RIB up and running by March you are welcome on my boat if you would like. You have a fancy SIB I had a tiller on mine.

4str next time you head out diving if you are looking for an additional boat send me a PM like I mentioned Iím out about every weekend.
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The Atlantic run

God only knows how much fuel its going to take just getting across the pond
wheres the best place to land & is any one else comeing in from the cost ??
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