Monday, February 17, 2014
We managed to produce a fairly epic little deathmarch this weekend, we hiked from Tahkenitch Creek to Three Mile Lake, spending a night in the dunes.
All photos by Cory the Kid.
The weather cooperated, in that it was raining heavily at times with high wind anywhere without tree cover. We were drenched before we made it past the kiosk in the parking lot.
The forest trail was lovely, huge trees, rhododendrons, crazy fungus, lots of newts and occasional views of the ocean.
This angry pig was guarding the trail.
Leaving the forest cover for the first dune crossing was quite an experience, lots of sand and water going sideways at a high rate of speed. It reminded me of the 'white squall' experience we had on that ride up the Nestucca. Dabby, you know what I'm talking about.
We were aiming for Three Mile Lake but after getting lost in the gathering dark (classic team wreck) we decided to pitch camp in a little hollow protected by trees. After getting a tarp up and building a fire it was pretty cozy.
Mace went off on his own solo hike late at night and had some interesting experiences, maybe I can get him to write a guest post.
That was a beautiful place, I look forward to going back some sunny day, the dunes would make a top notch extreme bocce court.
Monday, February 10, 2014
Tuesday, February 04, 2014
Does Team Wreck still exist? Did it ever exist? Are we all just figments of Dabby's drug addled imagination? I say yes, yes and no.
To prove our existence I propose the Mini Winter Deathmarch. February 15-17
Right now the plan is to meet up with Cory the Kid in Yachats on Saturday morning (with a possible stop at the Otis Cafe) and then head out for an overnight hiking trip, possibly to Drift Creek wilderness or somewhere in the dunes around Florence, I'll update this when we nail it down.
Sunday, December 08, 2013
Crew : Chief Engineer Boston, Chief Rigger Cory the Kid, Acting Ensign Dabby
Mace was absent due to "making ice sculptures", not sure if that's a euphemism.
Weather : Very cold. Around 23 F at departure, it warmed up somewhat by the time we hit the Columbia. Wind : Zero, glassy water
We saw lots of wildlife along the channel, a few bald eagles and hundreds of birds I was calling cormorant and Dabby was calling loon.
Very little traffic on the rivers today. Lots of freighters anchored but we only saw a few other boats moving.
With the wood stove and diesel heater both going it was nice and cozy down below, we took turns steering.
Monday, September 02, 2013
I've been chronicling the new adventures of the Team Wreck flagship over at S/V Grace O'Malley on facebook. Unfortunately some key crew members are stubborn luddites who refuse to accept the good book into their hearts, so for them I will take the time to repost here.
Crew : Chief Engineer Boston, Acting Ensign Dabby
The first time Grace has been out under her own power in about three years. Minor panic upon starting the engine, as water didn't seem to be recirculating. We shut it down and Boston took the water pump apart and inspected the impeller. It looked good, he reseated it, put everything together and it worked fine.
Leaving the slip for the first time was a little nerve wracking. We're on an inside dock very close to shore, with no current or wind it would be relatively simple, unfortunately there is current and wind. We made it out and back in with no incident, I'm sure it will get easier with time. I've also asked Dabby to not shout "Full reverse!!!" in my ear whenever he gets nervous.
Once out in the channel we ran the Yanmar diesel
almost to St. Helens and then back again. Everything worked fine, a little smoke at full throttle to start but she was soon purring.
Big thanks to the Boatyard at Rocky Point, super friendly service and she was done ahead of time and $80 under estimate, amazing. Special thanks to yard manager Travis, who gave us lots of great advice.
Crew : Cory, Boston, Tricia, Jerry, Travis
The wind was barely blowing but we cruised along for most of the afternoon and had a nice swim off Kelley Pt. Might have to invest in a swim ladder, climbing up the dinghy steps on the stern is tough.
Crew : Boston, Dabby, Captain McCarthy, Cory the Kid, Smellen
Great wind today, we raised the genoa and were flying. It was terrific to have the Captain on board. He sailed an Alberg on Boston Harbor for many years and has a lot of knowledge (and hilarious stories) to share.
It's hard to show how far we were heeled over from the deck, but the rail got wet and a lot of stuff slid around below. Exciting!
We also deployed the new swim ladder to great acclaim, $46 well spent.
Cruise number 4 - Sunday afternoon, crew : Dabby, Mace, Junko, Cowboy, Michelle
Warm and sunny, winds light and variable with occasional gusts to 20 knots (I'm guessing here)
We motored up the channel to the Willamette, then raised the main and motor sailed past Kelley Pt. Park. Cowboy and Michelle dropped lines rigged for salmon off the back but there was only one bite, and minority opinion held that it might have been a piling or log and not a fish.
This was my fourth time at the confluence of the Willamette and Columbia rivers and the most exciting so far. Between wind, current, giant freighters, swarms of fishing boats and jet skis there is a lot to pay attention to. With the wind gusting strongly at times and two thirds of the crew asleep or drunk, acting first mate Dabby and I decided against raising a headsail. We sailed with the main for a few hours, just getting used to the river and all the traffic. Good practice, and another mostly pleasant day on the boat.
Crew : Eric Spence, Boston, Tricia, Jaqcue, Ted
|Eric Spence, King of Leisure|
|Grace at the Sand Island dock. We were stuck on the outside so it was a bouncy night (must get bigger fenders) but we felt lucky to find a spot, the other free docks we saw were all packed.|
|St. Helens from Sand Island|
|Boston and Tricia's campsite on the river side of Sand Island.|
Breakfast and bocce, good times.
Sunday, August 11, 2013
Tuesday, August 06, 2013
Thursday, May 09, 2013
That's right, the first aquatic Death March! Officially on the calendar for August 9-11 (and possibly much longer if anyone has time off).
I was hoping to roll this into a much larger event including elements of Chvnk, Sprokettes, etc but that event seems to have mutated into a short float from Oregon City and a very long party on Ross Island. Which would be fun, but I've been dreaming of a much longer, river exploring adventure. So I plan to put in just north of the Eugene rapids on Friday morning and see how it goes. I hope to make it to Independence or Salem and possibly as far as Oregon City. It should be fairly easy to join in for a day or two, there are lots of places to launch and cell phones should work along the river.
I realize many Team Wreck members have little or no experience with canoes, kayaks or rafts but I think that's part of the Death March experience, being a little out of your element, snowshoeing, spelunking and now this.
Portland is awash with kayaks and canoes. You could borrow one, buy one cheap on craig's list, or build a raft. I would be glad to help, I think we could build a sturdy 8'x8' raft out of plastic barrels, 2x4s, plywood and steel cables for less than $60.
Willamette Water Trail
Willamette River Guide PDF
Detailed account of a trip up the Willamette with photos
You may wish to reread Huck Finn, Kon-Tiki or The Journals of Lewis and Clark for further inspiration.
Friday, April 26, 2013
Thursday, March 07, 2013
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
First reschedule! Looks like I'm working the weekend of March 22-24 and the Rickreall Gravel Classic is April 6 so I'm bumping the Spring Deathmarch to April 19-21.
Based on advice from integral team mate Mace I'm considering a trip to the desert, continuing our quest to visit Crack in the Ground and Hole in the Ground. We attempted this journey many years ago and had several adventures along the way, including meeting a very strange family camped by a dry lake, spelunking in ice caves, driving backwards at a high rate of speed and the now infamous tent peeing episode. We can do better! If you have ideas or suggestions please leave a comment.
The Kid and Wade are coming down to ride Blackrock and help me with some arborist work in the woods, feel free to join us.
Tuesday, January 08, 2013
On April 6th Milkshake is throwing an 80 mile gravel race that starts and ends at the farm.
Here's the route.
For those of us that are less ambitious I'm presenting a race within the race, 20 or so miles with stops at a few wineries, ending up at the top of Eagle Crest (the easy way) in time to cheer and heckle the real racers as they make the ascent (the hard way).