Houseboat Trip Page Two
We cruised up Little Potato Slough
and turned into Potato Slough and found a place to spend the
night. We eased the houseboat up next to the levee and threw out
the anchor. It was dark when we stopped so we did not fully
understand where we were at that time. We spent a restless night
as we were periodically rocked by boat wakes and just getting used to
the new environment.
When we woke up on Thursday -
Thanksgiving day, we found that the levee had a road on top and inside
were thousands of acres of farm land. Some of the farm land was
covered in water with hundreds if not thousands of birds settled in for
the night. The morning fog made the scene perfect.
We also rented a skiff to give us
more flexibility to cover more of the delta quickly as well as go back
and forth to the shore when necessary. We tied the skiff off to
the side of the houseboat and it did just fine. By the
way... see those clouds on the horizion... more on that
The more we looked around the more we
saw birds - thousands of birds... perhaps millions of
birds. The delta must be the winter home for every bird on the
west coast. At time, the sky was black with flocks of birds on
One of my favorite pasttimes is
cruising marinas and looking at boats. There were dozens of
marinas along the delta waterways and I took a few pictures of boats I
We saw an old Krogen Manatee in one
of the marinas. The Manatee is the boat with the faded blue
trim. That boat is one of the first that got me on the cruising
craze. Way back in 1982 Susanne and I made a special trip to Long
Beach to see the Manatee in person. It has so much room inside
for a 36-foot boat. At that time they were selling for about
$100k. A lot of money at the time. Nowdays they still sell
for $100K. They proved to be a popular design.
We went poking around the sloughs and
always saw boats anchored off to the side. I really liked this
pilothouse trawler and hope to someday have something like it.
We used the skiff to ferry the dog
back and forth to shore for dog walks. Worked perfect.
We each took turns cruising the
houseboat. Kinda big and not easy to steer. Susanne
made it look easy.
I had a lot of fun cruising.
Rascal was very interested in where we were going and what was
happening with the boat.
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