Tuesday, February 22, 2011
The Final Voyage
Conrad and Juanita helped fiberglass my hardtop, he designed and built my folding benchseat, gave me endless hours of free advise, and handcarved a replica of Shatoosh, which sits on top of my depthsounder. His creative footprint is all over Shatoosh.
We would meander through the endless restaurants in the delta, expanding our limited boat menus with tacos, crawdads, chinese, mexican, salmon, steehead and striper bass. When Too Tall Tom brought his newly purchased Albin 25 to the marina, we quickly added him to our cozy group. We had more fun, living on our boats, finishing out all the numerous projects, fishing and cruising.
This fall I went out to Idaho and spent some time with them. See my blog in October 2010. His health had taken a turn, so it was an opportunity for me to help him with Reiki Treatments and to be able to thank him for his generous support and friendship. He was the driving force for me to take my boat to the Columbia and Snake Rivers. In the cool evenings, we spent lots of hours sitting up in their crow's nest on the Cheryl Lee and I would listen to all their cruising stories, as they navigated the numerous locks and dams of the Snake and Columbia rivers. Dreams immerged from the many seeds they planted in my psyche.