Here is my entry for Debbie’s, Travel With Intent blog, One Word Sunday Challenge.
One summer day on June 30, 2009 (yikes that was a long time ago), we took a jetboat cruise from Portland to Astoria, Oregon. For those of you who don’t know the area, our cruise started near downtown Portland on the Willamette River. The trip would end up on the Columbia River in Astoria. It was a gorgeous almost too hot of day in the 90Fs (32C+). We were glad there was a wind and to be on water we thought we were out for a dream trip.
Here is a photo of the jetboat as it approached the dock.
It was fun to pass some of the Portland buildings and photograph them from the middle of the river.
The river splits Oregon and Washington (as well as the Columbia River). So the land you see here is actually Washington State. Here are a couple of photos taken on the Willamette River and maybe the Columbia River. I forget where the two rivers join.
Other small boaters were quite friendly.
Once we were on the Columbia River, it was about this time our three hour ride to Astoria became a nightmare. The waves hit and they were big. Camera were put away and we held on to our seats for dear life. Our little jetboat was lifted 6 to 10 feet with the waves and then we’d fall back down to the water with a big plop. Then we brace for another big plop. This went one for two hours. We didn’t have a lot of people on the ride, but I can claim that Chris and I were the youngest passengers on the boat. Our Captains were very young and loved playing with the waves.
Once we got to Astoria, we had a couple hour layover and so enjoyed being off the water. Here is a photo of a 5 story barge with the waves crashing over it.
So we all had to board the jetboat again and take a the same trip back to Portland. Chris did talk to the Captain and asked him to slow down. Consider the passengers. All I know is one lady had an ambulance waiting for her in Portland. Chris and I had extremely sore back and knees for over a week.
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