Thursday, September 22, 2005

Astoria to Portland


We arrived in Portland yesterday evening, after the ninety mile trip up the Columbia, which we split over two beautiful sunny days. Interesting scenery, and an uneventful trip with the exception of a very close encounter with a tug and a freighter early Wednesday morning in dense fog.
Indigo is moored on the Multnomah Channel, about fifteen miles north of Portland, just across from Sauvie Island. This is flat, riverbottom land, with lots of farms and nurseries behind dikes. The boat sits about an inch lower in this fresh water.
The crew is reveling in city pleasures: fancy groceries, daily newspaper, unseen videos. It is surprisingly disorienting to see the world from our hillside location after months of sea level vistas.

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