Saturday, May 18, 2013

Sharon Found an Albin 25

Quite a few months ago(Feb), Sharon and her brother John were looking for Albin. They visited me to see Shatoosh. It was their fist look at the classic Albin 25 and they were hooked. Sharon just needed to find a suitable one for her.

She has found her dream boat in Nainaimo, BC. They have trailered her back to the USA, into Oregon and if you can believe this? Sharon settled on a quiet marina on the Multnomah Channel in Scappoose, Oregon. If this all sounds familiar, it is. She is berthed at my old marina.

Congratulations, Sharon for being a new owner and to John as well, as he looked at lots of boats on line weeding out some but finding this one for his sister. Sharon is re-naming her and making her, her own.Sharon says, "I'm so excited! I've decided to name her Riqueza. That is Spanish for riches or abundance." Hopefully, she will keep us informed  with her progress as a new Captain of her first boat. Sharon, I always encourage Albin owners to start writing their own blog, so we can enjoy, learn from and share our journeys with each other. There is not a better way to blog, from the beginning of your dream to own an Albin, find one and now begin a new life on the waters of the Columbia River. I have my fingers crossed and hopefully we can soon be reading your blog.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Cruising the San Antonio River

My Twin, Jean and I celebrated our 70th birthday on 23 April 2013. I flew to El Paso and then we rode the train to San Antonio to celebrate with friends and family. As children we would make the summer trek to San Antonio on the train, so it was must fitting to retrace our early travels.

Our Scottish maternal Great Grandfather, John Hewitt was the Head Miller at the Pioneer Mill in San Antonio and also oversaw the Mill in Mexico. The Pioneer Mill was owned by the German Family, Guenther. Their home is now a museum and restaurant. The Pioneer Mill is still in business and their products are sold nationwide. We started our river voyage with a hearty Texas breakfast and then headed for the river barges. We had the best time that day in spite of a cold north wind.

Breakfast in the Dining Car

Pecos River Northern View

Guenther House Pioneer Mill

San Antonio River Walk

Locking thru to the new Northern Section
9 foot rise
No, its not the Snake River Locks