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Five Photos, Five Stories Challenge (Day Two): Outrageous Jetboat

Thanks to Helen over at HHC Blog asked me to join along in the fun of the Five Photos, Five Stories Challenge.  If you don’t know her you should check out her blog.

The rules of Five Photos, Five Stories Challenge require you to post a photo each day for five consecutive days and attach a story to the photo (It can be fiction or non-fiction, a poem or simply a short paragraph) and then nominate another blogger to carry on this challenge. Accepting the challenge is entirely up to the person nominated, it is not a command.

I would like to ask Chris, my wife, to join along in the fun.  She actually asked me which I thought was pretty cool.  If you don’t know Chris already check out her 61 Musings Blog.  She is a real good photographer too and an even better wordsmith and story teller.  You should enjoy her five days of fun.

NOTE:  If any one of you are secretly hoping you will be asked to join along in this fun challenge, please feel free to contact me separately.

Here is today’s photo.



Two types of transportation Chris and I will always try is riding on a train and being on water.  We had been on the Willamette River in a jet boat a couple of times and loved it.  These boats are made to go fast and can literally turn on a dime. It is a day to plan on getting wet and go fast and have some fun.  As you can see this is a fairly small boat and will hold maybe 15-20 passengers, if they are crammed in.

This photo I took as the jet boat was coming to the dock in on the Willamette River near Portland, Oregon.  This day promised to be quite warm (90+ degrees)and it was a gorgeous sunny morning. There was maybe about ten people who boarded the boat for an adventure up the Willamette River, then crossing over to the great Columbia River then ride the 90 miles up to Astoria where the river meets the Pacific Ocean.  We had a three hour lay-over in Astoria for lunch.  And then rebound from the 90 mile cruise back down to Portland.

The first 45 minutes of the ride was spectacular.  I got some great photos while we were still on the Willamette River.  But once the Willamette River joined the Columbia River, our day went from fabulous to one of the worst nightmares we had ever experienced.  The weather may have looked clear and seemed inviting.  But the turbulent waters of the Columbia River were so bad that day.  We needed up being thrown all over the boat.  A wave would pick us up and then we would free fall down back to the water level and everyone was jolted downward with a hard thump.  This went on for two and a half hours.  The water was so rough in Astoria you didn’t see small ships, let a lone a little jet boat in the water.  It was exhausting.

We had a lovely time in Astoria.  We found this little Cafe to eat lunch.  Chris and I just sat and enjoyed the view and warm weather.  The Captain said it was one of the roughest he had ever seen the Columbia River.

Here is a photo of a huge 5+ story barge that was moving extremely slow because of his weight and size.  You can see the waves breaking on the ships bow.


Both Chris and I were the youngest on board and I was in my early 50s.  Most of the others were in their 60s or older.  So Chris asked the Captain to take it easy on the way home.  The passengers were not young.  Anyhow, the Captain took it much easier on the way home.  We arrived back in Portland about an hour later than schedule.  Chris was so banged up she took a day or two off of work.  They ended up calling an ambulance for the oldest lady.  We never did find out if she was okay.  We did a free coupon to go on another cruise of our choosing.

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21 replies »

  1. Great photos and story. I have been on some rough crossings and the only thing on your mind is holding on to something. Anything, not to mention the sea sickness.


  2. Great story, Cee. I can’t imagine sitting in that boat for so long under that situation. But… what a story to tell! I am so glad you are doing this challenge; can’t wait for tomorrow’s story!


    • I am purposely not trying to figure out what story I want to tell next. I am just looking through some old photos to see what jumps out at me. This is fun. Thanks Helen.

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  3. I am really scared of rough crossings like that. I would have been scared getting back on your boat. But probably Chris’ presence made you brave.


  4. Oh man I so hear ya on the rough water-ex husband used to have a 25 foot trihaul and when we went across the bar at Westport, I always came home so sori coulee into sleep.
    Sorry the second half of the trip on the jet boat was so rough.
    Hope the lady who had to leave in an ambulance was ok and hope you and Chris are recovered also.
    Great photos.


  5. Sounds like a terrifying journey! Perhaps fun for young adrenalin junkies but not for me.
    I would *definitely* have hired a car for the return journey – and if a car wasn’t available I would have sold one of my kidneys to hire a plane 😀
    Great pictures of the boats.


    • 🙂 I like your response. The Captain and co-captain sure had a lot of fun. They were young (20 something). They weren’t old enough to consider the ages of their passengers. They just knew they had great waves to crash into.

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