Illwaco here we go.

Ilwaco’s boat basin is a major home port for commercial fishermen and charter boats. That is where we will be heading tomorrow morning.    Today and tonight we are staying at Sandy Beach on government island attached to a public dock.  That was written last night.  Today while we were at Dennys my third crew member Mark showed up.  We are now in St Helens and before tomorrow night we will be in Illwaco,  Wa.  We cross the Columbia bar on 8/20 /2014 here is the current data.

Tides and current info



Baker bay, slack flood id at 0538 am

Baker bay is N 45.36.481 W 122.40.562
Low tiee at 0446 am
High 10:48 am
Alow 4:27 pm
High 10:18 pm

From Ilwaco’s web page they say that sport fishing (salmon) season runs from May to October.
The Port also hosts a popular Saturday Market featuring farm stands and craft items. The Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum, located in the former Ilwaco Telephone Utility Building, celebrates the history of the town and region with gallery exhibits, educational programs, and a historic images collection. The museum also hosts a yearly Cranberrian Fair.

Nearby Cape Disappointment State Park (formerly Fort Canby State Park) attracts tourists following the Lewis and Clark trail. 

Another popular activity is watching the Coast Guard lifesaving drills at Cape Disappointment. Lifesaving remains an important feature of activity in and near Ilwaco — the Coast Guard responds to between 300 and 400 calls for help each year.

Preparations are now complete and the Western Flyer is good to go on all sea trials conducted like for example engine control, fuel, power management, Autopilot, and how the crew works together for meals, sleeping, conversation; we are now tied up to a dock on the Columbia at Sandy Beach, government island.

Jimmy Buffett is now playing, Ken is cooking asada chicken, Gary is down below making notes for a future story he intends on writing for Navigator magazine. Jimmy Buffett is singing way down in Mexico and I just can’t wait to get past the Columbia river bar and head south to SoCal. The weather is outstanding today and at 8 p.m. now the sun is just starting to set.

Earlier today I got a call from a friend who gave me news that didn’t quite come across to me as much welcoming news. First he said that a friend told him that a friend was coming down the coast; the swells were so bad he needed to keep turning the wheel from end to end to keep from broaching.

Additionally, when pulling into Neah bay his wife gets thrown to one side of the boat and manages to break a rib or two. Unless

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