Nov 212017

You may have noticed, it’s been a long time between blog posts. I’ve just gone through some things nobody should ever have to go through, but people probably do every day. It was a path that lead down memory lane that had happy times, along with memories that look different in hindsight.

Esker Lakes Provincial Park, Ontario, Canada 1968

Lake Erie walleye

Antique South Bend 550 fishing reel

I criss-crossed the United States a number of times by plane, train and automobile

Shelby, Montana

Riding the rails, trying to get some sleep

Mt. Hood, Oregon

Now we are back and have some adventures planned that will be starting up in the next few days. We are packing up and planning to visit some of the most interesting places in the United States, so stay tuned…

Sep 102017

In case you’re interested, this is what a 30,000 acre plus wildfire looks like

Eagle Creek wildfire near Cascade Locks, OR

Below the smoke is the nervous and mostly evacuated town of Cascade Locks. The white smoke usually means there is water on it because firefighters are trying to save the town, but up and over the hills there are still thousands of acres of raging wildfire. It will be a long time before this fire is under control and won’t be out until we get some significant rain. Thanks to all the firefighters and support people, this is going to be a big job.

Aug 222017

We’re only a hundred miles or so from the “path of total darkness” during the August 21, 2017 solar eclipse, so we got a pretty good look at it. It got darker and cooler and the skies were clear so we got a good view with our eclipse glasses.

Solar eclipse 8-21-17

It was a pretty big event, the local library had an eclipse viewing party and there were people everywhere standing outside looking up at the sun with eclipse glasses on. We watched the eclipse for a couple hours with our neighbors, the Great American Eclipse was over and it was back to everyday life.

Apr 292017

We have had a really intense winter here in the Columbia River Gorge, but today the kayak fishing season officially opens with a few nice Smallmouth bass caught on the warmest day of the year so far. As is usually the case this time of year, there are fewer fish, but the fish you do catch are a little bigger than average.

Kayak fishing for smallmouth bass on the Columbia River 4-29-17

It was a great way to kick off the 2017 fishing season. We’ll have more in the next day or two…

Apr 152017

We’re not going to lie to you, getting old pretty much sucks, but once in a while you catch a break. The lifetime senior National Parks that costs $10 for anyone sixty two years of age is a pretty sweet deal. Almost every National and State Park has some kind of fee. If you spend a lot of time traveling, camping or fishing, these fees can really add up. The National Parks Pass gets you in all National Parks that charge a fee and maybe a discount on camping or boat launching. You also get access to a lot of other government land. For example, in the Columbia River Gorge there is Gifford Pinchot National Forest in Washington and right across the Columbia River in Oregon, is Mt. Hood National Forest. With the senior Parks Pass, you don’t need a Northwest Forest Pass, which is $30 every year. Also covered are U.S Army Corps of Engineers recreation areas. A lot of those are around water and you get 50% off camping.

Lifetime Senior National Parks Pass

State Parks are not covered by the National Parks Pass, so you’ll usually wind up with a couple of annual State passes as well. We did mention that the fees start to add up… The price of the senior National Parks Pass is supposed to go up to $80 later this year. Supposedly, it will be at least a few months before there is any price increase. For the price, if you are over sixty two, a $10 pass sounds like a pretty good deal.

Mar 242017

We are going through some old La Jolla kayak fishing videos and grabbed a still from one of them. This one is from August 2006

La Jolla yellowtail 8-29-06

Looking through the videos, 2006 was a pretty good year kayak fishing at La Jolla.

Mar 232017

We’ve been cleaning out one of the WatermanAtWork storage facilities when we came across this factory pack of Rick Griffin Murphy surf stickers. The stickers look to be in mint condition and the glue on the back of the stickers may still be good, but they might be worth a little more in the condition they are in.

Rick Griffin Murphy surf stickers

Rick Griffin Murphy surf stickers

Rick Griffin’s work was well known, especially among the surf crowd.

Rick Griffin Murphy surf stickers

Good times.

Mar 212017

It’s been a long, cold, snowy winter and we are anxiously waiting for the first real stretch of spring weather. The abundant snow has mostly melted away in the lower elevations, leaving plenty of mud, puddles and raging creeks and rivers. Good time of the year to look at the many waterfalls in the area. We will try and get out on the backroads to look for some of our favorite waterfalls off the beaten path as soon as the rain lets up a little.

We will also be getting out kayak fishing for big springtime smallmouth bass as soon as the water in the Columbia River gets warm enough. There are a lot of questions regarding this season’s fishing here in the Columbia River Gorge, especially with the salmon and steelhead fishing. After last season’s poor showing for the fall salmon run and the Trump administration’s plan for the environment and outdoors, there are a lot of anxious fishermen.

We here at WatermanAtWork are going through some considerable professional and personal circumstances that may result in lower than normal blog posting for a period of time. We’ve got some real cool plans for the future that will result in lots of exciting and new adventures, but between now and then, there may be some gaps, so we hope you will bear with us until we get going with future plans.