and I wanted to take a little vacation and we wanted to be able to take
Rascal (the dog) along. Not many hotels allow dogs so we found a
houseboat rental that would and made the arrangements for the
Thanksgiving week 2005.
The houseboat rental was located on the California Delta which is a
major system of rivers and estuarys that flow from the Sierra Nevada
Mountains on the east to the San Francisco Bay to the west ultimately
emptying into the Pacific Ocean through the Golden Gate. The
California Delta is a very impressive system of perhaps thousands of
miles of levees and waterways. The waterways are further
divided by thousands of small islands that create an endless system of
interconnecting sloughs that would take years to fully explore.
We did it in four days!
The map below came with the houseboat rental and shows the overall
area. Stockton is to the east, Scaramento is to the north, and
way off the page to the west is San Francisco.
We loaded up the Toyota Camry and
cruised up Interstate 5 from Los Angeles to Stockton on Wednesday
November 23, 2005. The California Interstate system makes it easy
to get around. I swear from our house to the marina included no
more than two right turns and two left turns - that covered about
Rascal sure was excited about going
We rented the houseboat from Herman
and Helen's Marina. You can click the picture below to go to
We pulled into the parking/loading
zone and were impressed by the good looking and spacious marina.
We walked up to what we thought was
But were told that ours was not the
big one but was the little one.
We had a few minutes to look around
the area before launching. The marina is next to the ferry that
crosses the slough. The ferry works by dragging itself across by
running a heavy cable through its gears... The cable just lays on the
bottom of the slough anchored at each end - no need to steer the ferry
when underway. We saw it cross several times carring large pieces
of farm equipment as well as cars.
We got our first look at the local
wildlife at the marina. These ducks were the first of thousands
we saw on the trip.
Time to shove off. We eased the
houseboat out of the dock and slipped up Little Potato Slough just as
dusk settled across the delta.
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Houseboat Trip Page Two