Winter in Eastern Washington is not always readily discernible without a calendar. Today was such a day, and I found the sunshine at Wawawai County Park notably brisk, having left my gloves in the car so they would not hinder my handling of my camera. My husband and I always enjoy walking at Wawawai; every season has its distinctives, and I find them all beautiful. The trove of the day was probably worth the frozen hands it took to shoot these photos.
Until today, I don’t remember when we last took Companion Star II out on the water; certainly it was when “the water” was Puget Sound, and for nearly four years, “the water” has been the incredibly serenely beautiful Snake River.
My husband has built three wooden boats. Companion Star I, built in Tacoma in 1993, was terminally battered by a fierce windstorm that smashed her into our bulkhead. We were living by then on Quartermaster Harbor, on Vashon Island. Next he built Swallow, a one-person kayak/canoe hybrid, in 1994 while we still had Companion Star I. And he built Companion Star II in 1997, on Vashon Island, and we have her still.
And today Companion Star II made her Snake River debut, off the calm shores of Wawawai County Park. The day was beautiful, rowing was calm, and swallows, Caspian terns, and brants flitted about overhead.