Another great summer road trip in the rear view mirror. Our caravan covered more than 10,000 miles from Annapolis to Madison, WI; on to Newport Beach and Sacramento, CA; and to Port Townsend, WA, for the Wooden Boat Festival.

By established tradition our first stop was Madison, WI, where Rutabaga Paddlesports has been hosting us for years. Another awesome turnout on a beautiful day meant we didn't have a lot of time for taking photos, but it was busy and fun. Thanks to the whole Rutabaga team for putting up with us. If you happen through Madison, stop in and remember to thank them for being amazing. We'll be back to Madison in March for Canoecopia.

Madison, WI, demo at Rutabaga

Madison, WI, demo at Rutabaga

Madison, WI, demo at Rutabaga

20-odd boats were crammed back into the Big Rig and we headed for California. We stopped to admire the scenery at Capital Reef, Utah:

Capital Reef, Utah

Then we landed at Newport Beach in California, where scores of paddlers, rowers, and sailors tried out out the boats. And paddleboards. 

We've been visiting Lake Natoma near Sacramento on Labor Day since the early 2000's.  A few clouds didn't drive anyone away!

Lake Natoma Demo

Lake Natoma Demo

Another big crowd, then it was time to head north.

Packing Up Again

Our final stop was the Wooden Boat Festival in Port Townsend, arguably the coolest wooden boat event in this hemisphere. It rained. Nobody cared. It was great to see so many of you, and to show off some of our latest models, including the new Tenderly Dinghy.

Wooden Boat Festival 2017

The booth was busy every day, even in the rain.

Wooden Boat Festival 2017

Wooden Boat Festival 2017

The Waterlust Sailing Canoe made a rare public appearance.

Wooden Boat Festival 2017

Joey Schott gave a couple of seminars on fiberglassing. We think CLC's punishment for interloping in Port Townsend is to be asked perennially to do the FIBERGLASSING demo at the WoodenBoat Festival.  We enjoy it anyway.

Joey's demo at the Wooden Boat Festival

It wasn't all work, though. We snuck out in smallcraft to play with the mob of wooden boats, big and small.

Those of us lucky enough to fly home caught a spectacular view of Mount Rainier.

Mount Rainier

See you again next year!


 

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