Tom and Corinne drove down from Port Townsend, Washington. Since Tom can do his work anywhere, given today's technology, coupled by the fact that they are North westerners at heart (e.g. Tom is a UO grad), the pair chose to winter in Port Townsend this year. It's hard to imagine anyone "wintering" in Port Townsend, but if your home is Brooklin, Maine, and sea water courses through your veins, a more moderate Left Coast winter climate makes sense.
(Tom at the helm)
(Dick left, and Tom prior to launch)
(The host)Corinne rode with Rob Grubb. Rob operates Outdoor River Training Ventures out of Bend, Oregon. I left my drift boat home this year, intending instead to focus on shuttling people and rigs between the launch and egress pints. Rob however, insisted that I give up that silly notion and instead join he and Corinne in his dory. I did, and it was a delightful float.
There were two high points for me in that boat. First, Rob talked Corinne into taking the oars for a short period. She was more than game, and unlike Tom, she can claim to have handled a boat on the McKenzie. Sweet. Sorry, Tom.
(Fishing creel respectively resting on deck)
It was a good day, complemented with occasional liquid sunshine. Tom hinted that they will be back. We'll count on it.