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June 28, 2012

Thursday, June 28th, 2012

At 5:40 tonight we launched MJ for the summer! We filled her up before putting her in at Pontiac Park. It was the hottest day or the year, 108 degrees! Mike, Sam and Lizzy rode her home while Chris, our 8 month old son, and I took the truck and trailer home. The water is at an all time low, we have had virtually no rain this spring and summer. This part of the country is in the red for drought.

At 7:40, Mike, Sam, Lizzy and I took Christopher out for his first woodie ride! We saw a couple of jet skiers right off the bat. On the Maumee, near Preston, we were blessed to see the Bald Eagle hunting a group of ducks! We dropped the food bag on the south side then circled around to the north side to say hi to part of the ski club crew enjoying the cool water at a sandy spot! After introducing everyone to Chris and chatting for about a half hour, we all piled back into the boat, getting it filthy:) and headed for the dam. Mike and Chris took the puppies for a walk before heading home. (Have to be home earlier because Mike has an earlier start time for work :( ). Across from Graceland, we saw a family of 5 raccoons scouring the bank. We saw no raccoons at either food drop but the bag was gone! We have seen a lot of Kingfishers, swallows, and heron and on the return trip, night hawks. We saw a lone raccoon by the turtle people and a young deer between Lil Gortes and land. We docked at 9:35.

Riviera pulled from storage

Sunday, May 13th, 2012

Brought home our Riviera this afternoon to begin our yearly inspection.


Small Repair Testing

Thursday, March 15th, 2012

Drug our little vee-bottom down to the river this morning too test out the repairs made yesterday. All well with the repairs and the dogs are thrilled!

Finally pulled the dock

Tuesday, December 13th, 2011



The water is finally down from the rain that came November 22…


This is the latest we’ve ever pulled the dock…

Our riviera’s year is over

Saturday, November 12th, 2011

Uncovered our Chris-Craft this afternoon…

Took the trailer to Independence and backed the trailer in along the center concrete divider. (All the docks are out…) HillyBilly gave me a ride home.

Me, Lizzy, and Sam pushed off at 2:15pm and ran down to the dam arriving at 2:50pm. HillyBilly was at the dam to help hook up our Rivi. We were loaded and home a little after 3pm…

Spent a few hours cleaning MJ…

In Memory of “Boots”

Wednesday, October 12th, 2011

It’s a sad day as our “Booty Bear” has passed…

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12/24/2004 – 10/12/2011


Thursday, October 6th, 2011

Chuck, our neighbor came over for a ride while Steph visited his wife, Sheri and some of their kids. Mike, Chuck, and the dogs left the dock at 6:15pm. Still lots of debris, mostly smaller stuff. Not very many animals at all; saw only a few heron and a couple of egrets. Saw 4 other boats out – 2 just riding around and 2 fishing but no one familiar. On the way back as it got dark we ran up over a 40+ foot tree, had to push it out the side with the paddle. Got back to the dock at 8:00pm.


Monday, September 26th, 2011

Mike headed out with Smack and Sam at 6:05 after adding 5 gals of gas. They saw the pirate ship and 2 other boats. At Preston, nobody showed up for the first drop. They saw over a dozen Egrets along the trip. They passed a fishing boat by the 281 bridge and rocked their world with the wake! At the dam docks they passed 2 kayaks before pulling in and taking the puppies for a run. They passed they kayaks again at the 281 bridge. Back at Preston, nobody ever came and they even waited a while. :( They docked at 8:05


Tuesday, September 20th, 2011

Mike added 5 gals of gas and then we headed out at 6:40. The hot air balloon was up tonight and followed us all the way to the dam where it finally passed us! We passed a couple of v-bottoms out fishing. We had tons of Blue Herons and Egrets all up and down the river…I don’t think we’ve ever seen sooo many! 😮 The puppies had a good run but no swimming due to yucky slimy water. The trees have really started to turn red and yellow. This is probably my last ride til after my due date (getting hard to get up the hill!) We had 6 raccoons come out for the second drop, nobody was at the first. We docked at 8:30.


Sunday, September 18th, 2011

We pushed off at 6:45. We had at Bald Eagle flying in front of us between Bill’s and Mike’s. We passed Jerry and the Pirate ship by DMP. There were lots of Heron everywhere. Nobody came to the first drop. An Egret flew in front of us as we pulled into the dam. Although Boots still isn’t doing well. all three puppies went running! We saw a Bald Eagle flying around the big dead tree and also an Egret. At the second food drop, we ended up with 10 raccoons and an owl! We docked at 8:20 and had a quick fire.


Saturday, September 17th, 2011

My baby shower was today and we now have 5 weeks til due date! We left at 6:55 after Mike added another 5 gals of gas. We saw a few other boats by Pontiac Park. There were 3 Egrets at the point of Preston, 6 Heron around the food drop, 4 other Egrets just passed the food drop! Nobody came out for the food drop. There were 11 Egrets in the trees just passed the dam. Boots having a really rough time breathing tonight but it didn’t slow him down snooping with Lizzy and Sam! We saw a Bald Eagle in the big dead tree on the return trip and a deer under the 281 bridge!! :) Then, we had 13 raccoons eating at the second drop! 😮 We docked at 8:40 and had a fire.


Friday, September 16th, 2011

We left at 6:20 tonight and had to wait on another boat to pass thru rock pass. We dropped the food bag but nobody came out. There were 8 Blue Heron and 3 hawks behind Preston. We passed a pontoon by McFeeter’s. The puppies had a good run at the dam. Back at Preston, the first bag was still there! We dropped the 2nd bag and quickly, 9 raccoons appeared to eat! :) There were Heron everywhere and lots of swallows above Preston. We docked at 8:20.


Thursday, September 15th, 2011

Mike put in new spark plugs and something to clean out the cylinders and added 5 gals of gas. We left at 4:05, its cold…high was 60 today and cloudy. We went up the Maumee to Dave’s before we turned back and headed for the dam. We saw lots of Heron, Kingfishers, 3 Egrets, a Bald Eagle and 2-300 geese! Puppies had a good run. We docked at 5:50.


Tuesday, September 13th, 2011

Mike added another 5 gals of gas and we left at 7:00. Passed a pontoon and another boat by Pontiac. We stopped and ate KFC at the food drop but nobody came out. :( Lots oh Blue Heron out. We waited at the dam while someone pulled their kayak but then the puppies had a good run. The sky was beautiful, peach, pink, and lavender! Back at Preston, 7 raccoons came out for dinner! We passed the Pirate Ship at we came out on the other side of Preston. We docked at 8:45.


Monday, September 12th, 2011

Mike put in 5 gals of gas and we then headed out at 7:00. We passed a few other boats out tonight. We saw lots of ducks and Heron out all down the rivers. Puppies had a good run and had a visit from another boat. The Egrets were on the banks across from the dam. At the second food drop, nobody showed til after we left at the first drop, we had 9 raccoons come out. We also were lucky enough to have the 2 owl across the river from the raccoons again! We docked at 8:40.


Sunday, September 11th, 2011

We pushed off at 7:00, the water is still pretty high. Saw the Pirate Ship and one other pontoon out. There were lots of Blue Heron behind Preston, we dropped the food bag and waited while Mike changed the spark plugs but nobody came. :( We saw a few other heron but they are all high in the trees. There were 6 Egrets in the trees 1/2 way down between the dam docks and the actual dam. Puppies all had a good run and a soak in the river! Full moon out tonight. We passed a couple of boat fishing under the 281 bridge. McFeeter’s dock is now out of the water. We passed another pontoon by Preston. Back at Preston, we had 7 raccoons waiting and 2 owls fighting across the river from the food drop. Docked at 8:45.


Saturday, September 10th, 2011

We headed out at 1:40 today due to incoming storms. The river is still up and even more debris coming down. We went up the Maumee to the Clinton St bridge so the puppies could bark at all the dogs participating in “Strut Your Mutt!” Then, we turned back for the dam. Across from McFeeter’s, we stopped and watched a Bald Eagle in a tree! The puppies all had a good run at the dam. We have seen lots of  Heron, Kingfishers and ducks today. We even saw a Cormorant too! The Eagle was still there on our return trip! We docked at 3:25, just as is started to get overcast.


Friday, September 9th, 2011

Been raining for the last couple of days. Mike put in 10 gals of gas before we shoved off at 5:20. An early ride tonight due to the weather we’ve had leaving us high water and LOTS of debris. Mike had to take a saw down to cut a large tree from the boat today! 😮 Plus we are supposed to get more rain tonight. We saw lots of Heron on both the Auglaize and the Maumee.Puppies had a good run at the dam. On our way home, we dropped the only food bag but nobody came out. :( Its just too early for the little furry guys! We docked at 7:00.


Tuesday, September 6th, 2011

We pushed off at 7:05. Saw a Heron across from Riverside. Its windy and cold (below 60). At Preston, saw a few Heron a few ducks and lots of vultures.. Nobody came out at the first food drop. Saw a few more Heron on the way to the dam and 2 Egrets down a ways from the docks. Puppies had a long run while Mike tried warming up! We saw 2 deer playing at the rivers edge by the end of the ski course. On a dead tree lying the water across from Graceland, there were about 12 ducks all lined up on the limbs! :) Back at Preston, 7 cooners were waiting at the food drop! What a beautiful skyline tonight and a little over 1/2 a moon ( which we can actually see since its not behind clouds!) Once again, we had the river to ourselves! :) We docked at9:00.


Monday, September 5th, 2011

We left at 7:15 and its COLD!! Only 56 degrees! Only a lone coon came out to eat for the first food drop. But, we saw lots of Kingfishers, Nighthawks and Heron. Its Cold, cold, cold! Puppies had a good run. At second food drop, 9 raccoons came out to eat. We had the river to ourselves but they all probably thought we were crazy since its soooo cold! Docked at 9:00.


Sunday, September 4th, 2011

Mike added yet another 5 gals of gas before we left at 7:10. We saw a Green Heron in the muck between Lil Gortes and land. At Preston, 3 raccoons came out to eat and we also saw 3 Cormorants. The ski club was hopping as we went by. There were no Egrets tonight but the puppies all got in good runs. We saw a couple of pontoons on the ride home. Back at Preston, 9 raccoons were waiting on the beach for supper! We saw a few Heron tonight but lots of Nighthawks! We docked at 8:40 and had a fire.


Saturday, September 3rd, 2011

We left at 1:15 for the ski club to watch the first OSU game of the year! Docked at 3:15….OSU won!!

Mike put in 5 gals of gas in and then we shoved off at 7:25. We saw a doe and her fawn in the muck between Lil Gortes and land. Lots of Purple Martins, Blue Heron and ducks everywhere.We saw Jerry, Rodger and Sue and Dave out in their boats. At the dam, puppies all got in a run and we saw 9 Egrets in a tree down further from the dam. We stopped at Lenny’s for Watty’s 50th Birthday party! Around 9 the wind kicked up and Boots started acting spooked so we headed for the boat. By the time we started  the boat, lightening started. Boats headed for home in every direction! The lightening show was neat to watch, it stayed above the clouds and lite up the whole sky! 😮 We docked at 9:45.


Friday, September 2nd, 2011

We pushed off at 7:20 after Mike put in another 5 gals of gas. There were 3 boats out around Pontiac Park. At Preston, 2 raccoons came out to eat. There have been lots of Heron and Nighthawks. We passed  Mike, Jamie, and Dave all out around the ski club. The puppies all had a good run but no swimming due to yucky water! There were 8 Egrets in the trees tonight. Back at Preston, there were 10 raccoons who came for dinner. We docked at 9:30 and had a fire.


Thursday, September 1st, 2011

After waiting to see if it would rain, Mike added 5 gals of gas and we took off at 7:50. We headed straight for the dam to squeeze a puppy walk in before it got dark. Still 10-11 Egrets in the tree across the river but down further from the docks. By the time we got to Preston, we had 9 raccoons waiting and boy did the food disappear fast! We docked at 9:20 and had a short campfire.