Sunday, July 1, 2012

Houseboat life on the Columbia River

Down the long floating dock to our home

We're loving life on the Columbia River in Portland. We live in a lovely, small houseboat on Columbia Slough, complete with osprey, our resident heron, baby ducks and geese, and a bold, day cruisin' raccoon. It's not dissimilar to boat living, in that you haul everything a long way to your slip.
View of the back from the landing

Our deck and view to the N
We're thankful the family who rents our home signed on for another year, freeing us up for a new way of life that we both wanted to experience. Hmmm, another water-based may be seeing a trend.
May hail storm!
Stormy sunsets abounded in May
Weather in May and June has been up and down. Check out this hailstorm! Followed the next day by spectacular sunset over the nearby railroad bridge. This deck is at our landlord's place - our home faces opposite toward the shore about 70 yards away.

Pura Vida waits for us in Mexico. She's in dry dock at Guaymas, being watched over by Ops Mgr Gabriel and his crew. We are having the deck stripped and re-fiberglassed, a huge project, and one which we hope is going well...

Summer in Bend, Oregon. Yep that's snow at Mt Bachelor
Relaxing with good friends at their new place in Bend
Since returning via Phoenix in early May, we've been settling in to our new lives, and catching up with friends and family which has been wonderful!

Mike and I both have paid jobs, thankfully, to replenish the cruising kitty. Mike works in Vancouver, WA and I have 3 part time jobs in Portland, doing freelance marketing. Mind you, we were working the 10 months we lived on the boat, just not getting "paid", per se, yet benefiting from the results of that labor.


  1. Hola Mike and Judy,

    Pura Vida is looking very hot, but cozy here in Guaymas. With all the sand/dust/rust that the neighboring yard produces, we didn't even notice your boat was being worked on. We leave Monday, July 2 to get back to Eugene. It's got to be cooler there. We've spent the last 5 days prepping 'Hemi' for her 3 month stay here as your just down the block neighbor.

    We plan on going up to PDX to visit this little bookstore in the Pearl district and we'll give you a call to see if you'll be around.

    Play safe and saludos,
    Larry and Mel
    sv Hemisphere Dancer

  2. Hi Happy to hear you both have jobs and are happy living on the water in a different style! Enjoy! See you in the fall!