Several eagles soar overhead, while the Canada Geese are cruising the bank areas and the great blues are making a ruckus as we begin to invade their territory. The cormorants are not interested in our exploring and continue to fish and fly back and forth. Collene and I really are enjoying our little expedition. She gathers a few cherished items from the beach, creates an offering to the Columbia River Beach Gods. As the tide floods, her offering will go out to sea. The weather report states more rain, so we stay put another night.
Sunday morning we rise early to start our next leg to Cottonwood island. We stop in Kalama to pump out the head and proceed down the river. At the grain dock a ship is in with a new flag for me. A red and white one and the hailing port is Valetta. Later in the day I look up this Port and discover it is in Malta. Its a long way to get grain! After anchoring on the backside of Cottonwood island, the sun comes out, the salmon are jumping everywhere and many birds are flying up and down Carroll's channel. I make note of several Caspian Terns with their bright red beaks. The ospreys are leaving, and earlier in the trip I spot 5 sandhill cranes arriving to spend the winter on Sauvie island. Collene is busy working on her Sudoku for Dummies book and I arrogantly show her my electronic NY Times version. Once when anchored behind Cottonwood my awareness shifts and I discover a new way of solving the Sudoku puzzles, so I share this with Collene. There is one thing about Collene; she is no dummy and is quick to get my drift and speeds through several puzzles with lightening speed and a smile on her face.