Our boat is sinking!!!
Trip Start Oct 01, 2010
123Trip End Oct 01, 2011
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The following day we drove around the Old Mission Peninsula. I was taking a break from alcohol but the rest of the gang took some sips at the wineries. (I never knew how many wineries we have across the US.) We drove out to the lighthouse and on our way back, stopped at an Old General Store which had yummy desserts.
Since the weather was pretty warm, we decided to take on Boardman River...in a blow up beach boat and raft
Feeling better about the situation, we all piled into the parents RV and drove to the drop in area. We took turns pumping air into the blow up boat and float, then jumped in. To be fair, Steve and I did have oars. His dad had to hold on tightly to a rope and avoid swinging too much or lose us. All went well as we successfully maneuvered around hanging branches out of the water and avoided the sharp branches sticking up in the water. Until...there was an unavoidable branch right below us and poking towards us. The gash in the middle of the boat quickly drained in cold water.
I started eye searching the land for a possible path to the road but saw nothing. I was kicking myself for not wearing shoes (which I had contemplated earlier)! Then, I remembered that the top rim of the boat has a different air intake and we could use it as a raft. Worse case scenario, we could all jump on the parents raft. Rusty kept looking at us to see if it was normal to have water in the boat. In the end we made it down river and out by the time we saw the signs for the rapids. Safely back in Big B, laughing about the fun (we can say that now) we had, we drove to pick up the parents RV from our starting point. We noticed some people who had passed us on the river, walking in the direction we were heading. Turns out that they left the keys for their 2nd car in the car at the starting point. Against our no picking up hitchhikers rule, we stopped and gave them a ride. After going down the two hour ride on the seemingly sinking boat and visualizing our potential walk to the RVs, how could we not!