Houseboat Trip Page Three
We cruised around and down to the
south along various rivers and sloughs. The constant was the
levee. The levees in this delta are about 10-feet higher than the
water at high tide. On the back side, the farm land is about
twenty feet below the top of the levee. The levees are about
20-feet wide with a roadway at the top. the base of the levee
must be 100-feet wide.
A word about the tides... We
were warned that the entire delta is under the influence of Pacific
Ocean tides. True - each day we were subjected to two high and
two low tides. This creates several issues. First, the
influx of the tide creates current where you would not expect
current. The current in turn affects the speed of the boat as
well as pulling it when at anchor. I was surprised that the tide
would have in influence this far inland but it required that you be
constantly aware whether it was rising or falling and how it would
affect the boat.
As we cruised we saw more
ferrys. The ferry in the picture below ran from Bethel Island to
Webb Tract Island.
There are several anchorages in the
delta. They all looked similar to this one in Fishermans
Cut. Old boats, big and small, tied up to the bank awaiting their
Some had already sank or were on the
verge of sinking.
We passed several homes on the
levees. In some places, like Bethel Island, the houses were fully
developed wth homes along the entire waterway. Other regions had
a home here and there. Many looked like vacation homes or
hunting/fishing lodges. Some had seen better days like the one in
the picture below.
On this third day of cruising the
Rascal had about had enough. The wakes from other boats pitched
the 35-foot houseboat back and forth and every time Rascal got a little
In spite of the wakes, we tried to
keep him happy and he did his best.
Susanne and I were loving it.
We did not have a problem with the small boat and were able to keep our
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