Parking: Bonner County State Fairgrounds
Since the gas-powered outboard motor was no longer functional on the sailboat and since we weren’t sure if the Torqueedo (electric outboard) would be able to power us back up Johnson Creek, we needed to get a new motor (also, we were ready to upgrade to a 6 hp), so it was time to move to a place where there was some cell phone coverage. The Fairgrounds is a very nice RV park with treed and grassy lots and Schweitzer in the background. It was about 1/3 filled, and it seemed like all of them were either full-timers or full-seasoners. Rick called around and found a motor – back in Spokane. Grrrr. We did NOT want to be going back to Washington so soon.
The motor mount on the sailboat had been shortened by the original owner, so we needed a longer one. The workshop just had it’s first task!
The sailboat hadn’t been in the water for almost three years, and this was the first launching using the RV. The Sandpoint city boat launch was hopping for a week day; apparently everyone was getting their dry-docked boats delivered to their slips for the season. There were plenty of nerves, but all went way more smoothly than we were expecting, and we were finally in the water again.
Boating on Pend Oreille is fantastic. It’s a beautiful lake, and we had fair winds. We kept the boat at the city marina so we didn’t have to spend so much time re-rigging and re-launching. The second day, we sailed up to East Hope on the north shore to have a spot of lunch. The next morning, we planned on taking the boat out early in the day to avoid the crowds, and we ended up taking out our lighting rod just as a thunderstorm rolled through. For not having done that in years, we got it out of the water and de-rigged amazingly quickly.