Back on the water again. This time in style….
A friend of mine called me up Saturday to see if I’d be interested in checking out an event his company was sending him to later in the day. He said we’d be getting to cruise a lake in a classic wooden motorboat. Enough said.
The event was called “Dinner with an Architect” and was hosted by Don Peting, professor emeritus of architecture at the University of Oregon, and Kaarin Knudson, of Rowell Brokaw Associates, at Don’s beautiful home on the shores of Dexter Reservoir in Lowell, Oregon.
Long story short: We schmoozed for awhile, cruised the lake in pretty much the coolest boat I’ve ever been in, and met some really nice folks in the process.
We were extra fortunate because Don had recently acquired the boat, which he said was exactly like the one his family owned when he was growing up. He saw it for sale all the way up in Canada, bought it and brought it down, and just put in the water a few days prior to this event.
Five of us got the lucky tickets to jump on the inaugural cruise around the reservoir.
Don filled us in on some history of the Willamette Valley all along our voyage.
He even opened it up a little bit. Gotta love it when that bow lifts up and the full power of the V8 engine throws you off guard.
Don has a pretty nice spread there on the shore. Apparently, the “Dinner with an Architect” events are all held at “interesting” architectural locations throughout the state. I’d say Don’s house met that requirement, as subjective as it might be.
Ended up being a really fun time, and one I could’ve never anticipated that Saturday morning. Always nice when your day turns out like that. Gotta thank Don and Kaarin again for their warm hospitality, and my buddy Rob for hooking me up!