"Darkwater Keep"

This was our place out on the Columbia River. "The Keep" is a floating home, not a houseboat as it is often mistakenly called. It is a wooden raft built on top of ten or so large logs that provide the floatation. The Keep is chained to a dock and never moves (much). This picture was taken right after we bought it.

This is a picture of it after we re-roofed and added a railing.

Here is a view from the water.

Here is a view from the water after we did some work.

Here is a view of the whole island from space. We are near the bottom of the picture.
Click on the picture to bring up a mapped image with photos of the island.

This is a picture looking North from the O'dark thirty Alaska flight as we climbed out of PDX. Caterpillar Island is in the lower middle of the picture, and Sand Island is in the distance at the upper left.

Click here to see a map of the wrecks of Caterpillar Island.

Here is the view out the living room window. This is looking out toward the Columbia.

Here are the resident otters, "Tommy" and "Tuppence"

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In December 2001 we had to move to Kadow's marina which actually was a blessing in disguise.

Here is a picture taken from the Kadow's tug Tuffy while we are being towed down the channel to our new slip.

Here is the Keep in our new slip. Lloyd and I are working on hooking up the power. Lloyd is a great guy, he didn't even charge me for the tow or the electrical work. You can also see that I haven't even finished rebuilding the back deck.

Here is a shot from the top of the South ramp at Kadow's. The deck is finally all done.

Later we bought a mini-yacht that we named, Arecales. The name Arecales is Latin for Palm. (get it?)

Click here to see some pictures from the bottom of the Columbia River with my new Zissou Cam.

One of the most interesting things about living on a floating home on the Columbia is the surges from passing ships. The bulk of the ship displaces water, which causes the water level to change dramatically, which causes huge oscillating currents in the secondary channels like Fisherman's Channel. The effect can be violent!

Notice at 1:58 a raccoon jumps from the leaping house to the calmer dock just about 3/4s of the way back.

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Last update February 15th, 2011