April 11, 2009
I wake up this morning, and check the weather. Yesterday, the forecast was partly cloudy, 61 degrees at Banks. It’s completely grey outside. National Weather Service is now saying thunderstorms this afternoon. I hate weather.
On the brighter side, weather.com says partly cloudy, high of 56. That sounds much better!
Any bets on which service I’m going to listen to?
April 11, 2009
The forecast for Banks today is 61 degrees, partly cloudy. Time to get on the river! Now I just need to find other people who want to go boating – a couple of the people I called are going skiing instead! Skiing in April – what’s wrong with them? It’s clearly kayaking season.
Unfortunately, none of my friends have switched into kayaking mode. So I’ll take my usual approach: get to Banks around noon and wait for someone else who wants to paddle to show up! It works great during the summer, this time of the year it’s probably a gamble.
Look for a brief report tomorrow evening – happy boating everyone!
April 1, 2009
Well, Idaho HB 213 passed in the Senate today. All it needs now is the governor’s signature, which is guaranteed. All out-of-state motorized boats will have a $20 annual fee. In-state motorized boats will have a $10 fee. Nonmotorized boats will have a $5 fee. This doesn’t hurt me too badly. I only have one boat. Some kayakers have 10 or more. They’ll be stuck paying $50 yearly, while posing zero risk of importing invasive species. It will also hurt people coming into the state to boat. They’re stuck paying a $5 fee per boat for a few days’ worth of boating.
The goal of this bill is to raise money to fight invasive species. I’d be less mad about this if the plan for fighting invasive species was likely to be effective. Rumor says this money will be used to set up boat wash stations at major lakes. Well, the people who are going to use these boat wash stations are the same people who were already paying attention to the issue. The people who are actually a risk are a risk because they don’t use things like boa washing stations! As for people like me, the odds of my kayak being within 100 miles of a boat washing station are amazingly slim – yet I’m stuck paying for them.