Boating Weekend

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The weather has been really hot so we decided on Friday to rent a patio boat and take a spin around the Delta.  Amy was here and joined us for a few hours before she had to head back to San Jose to her “real” life.  She tells us we are living in fantasy land  – Yes and the problem with that is?  After Amy left Paul and I decided to arm ourselves with a map and really try to see some more of the Delta.  We boated into the deepwater channel which was so calm that water skiing would have been great.  The water is still fairly warm and we stopped often for a swim.  Duke is learning to enjoy the boat mostly except he really doesn’t like the sun so he spends a lot of time moving around to stay in the shade!

All smiles!!!

All smiles!!!

 That was Friday and Saturday friends invited us to spend the evening with them on their houseboat anchored out in the Delta somewhere!  I love doing this as we have gotten to spend many nights on the river with my parents.  It is so peaceful on the river where you are mostly alone except for the occasional boat also anchored in the distance.  We drove to Discovery Bay where their home is and met their new puppy, Hanz which is a 4 month old Dutch Shephard ball of energy!  Duke the usually very mellow dog that is NEVER agressive decided this puppy was way to busy and noisy and he was not going to have any of it on a boat with very close quarters! It made for a stressful day/night but we had crates and the dogs were given many opportunities to interact which by Sunday morning was not happening anymore – oh well, I always say “he is a dog, I am not sure how he will react”.

We drove the houseboat out into a very large body of water called Mildred Island which is not an island as it is a huge lake.  When we arrived to anchor there were many small boats nearby that would head out by dark and we were mostly alone.  On the way out we had to call ahead to 2 bridges to open and let us pass.  One was a draw bridge and the other was one that moves the roadway to the side on a pivot to open to large vessels.

Orwood Draw Bridge

Orwood Draw Bridge

Paul was really excited to watch the bridges open up for him to pass through and on our way in he got to radio the control tower to raise the bridges for us.  I also got to do something I have been wanting to try, Kayaking.  This Kayak had petals so you could petal and row which really made it way easier not to tire sooo  quickly!

Kayak

 

Boating is very much like RVing except when you are anchored you can’t get to land without taking a boat and trying to find land which in the Delta is extremely sparse!  Duke really would prefer land and Paul had to take him for a boat ride at low tide.  Sunday am, the plumbing also went on the fritz and I thought I was going to need a trip to find a beach.  The problem was it was high tide and no beaches were in sight!  They got the plumbing fixed for us humans however Duke had to wait until we returned to the marina about 1 pm.  He went about 18 hours without relief!  Stubborn dog, we had astro turf which the puppy used frequently!

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