At the Boathouse
July 21, 2011
Ten kids this week - two new ones and some who have come once or
twice. We started the day with a rousing game of Peg/Patch/Hook:
Split 'em into crews and have 'em decide their strategy, line 'em
up and have 'em fire a broadside at each other. Peg beats Patch,
Patch beats Hook, and Hook beats Peg. The crew that wins three rounds
'sinks' the other ship.
After Peg/Patch/Hook, its into the lifejackets and into the boats.
Chase and Jacob took off in a canoe.
I cannot remember the name of the girl in the yellow jacket, but
Arianna was on the oars in the dory.
Never ask an 8-year-old to smile for the camera.
Cade chose to go it alone in the dinghy. Notice that it's just
kids in boats - they are becoming captains of their own destines.
Adults were spread around in boats of their own - like Leland in
the aluminum canoe - just in case someone needed help.
Nice group shot. I encourage active paddling/rowing. Sometimes
we play a game called Buoy Tag where you toss a float from boat
The change in abilities has been astonishing. Heather had been
a reluctant participant at the start, but she can really row now!
Some boats row easier than others, and some people like one boat
more than the rest. I do my best to make sure we keep switching
boats throughout the day - we are there to learn how to operate
all the boats.
The Toledo Community Boathouse is on Depoe Slough - a backwater
off the Yaquina River. It's about a quarter mile from the boathouse
to the truck bridge, and I've been using the bridge as a goal for
the kids. The slough is tidal, and the water can really come ripping
through the bridge, so we have to time things carefully.
We all made it under the bridge this time - I even got them to
go all the way to the railroad bridge. We are getting a LOT better.
Here's another group shot - I love seeing the slough full of boats.
Leland and Jim are helping keep an eye on the chaos.
The Boathouse isn't just a "kid's paddle around" place
- there's actual boats being built there, too. This is a cool shot
because it shows three generations of the Johnson family (l-r) grandpa
Rick, Rick's son, Aaron, and grandson Leland, all working together
to build a Phil
Bolger Glouchester Light Dory in time for the Toledo
Wooden Boat Show at the end of August. That's Lucy the Wonder
Hound in the background.
Things are going well with the Boathouse. We are starting to get
funding through donations and products like our Skin-on-Frame kayak
and custom canoe paddles. Not bad at all.