Different Floats for Different Folks

During the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the rivers of the United States were home to entire communities of people living in self-made houseboats. The history of these communities has been explored briefly in river memoirs such as Harlan Hubbard’s Shantyboat Journal but hasn’t been thoroughly examined in a... Read more

Afternoon Jam

Jen Gennari and John Schlag recently dropped into Terrapin Crossroads in San Rafael to hear their Issaquah Dock neighbor Edo Castro Woodhouse perform. Edo joined Michael LaMacchia and other musicians for a set of instrumental spins on Grateful Dead tunes and other original arrangements. Edo played a custom 7-string bass... Read more

Seattle Floating Homes Tour Draws 850

My husband and I had a wonderful opportunity to visit the Seattle Floating Home Tour on September 9th. A hard-working team of volunteers showcased 12 homes in Seattle’s largest floating home area─Eastlake on Lake Union. Lake Union was made famous by the movie “Sleepless in Seattle.” This is a fresh... Read more

Houseboaters Go to Burning Man

The week before Labor Day saw a contingent of houseboaters attending Burning Man in the Nevada Black Rock Desert. Included were Laurie and Dusan Mills, Malia and Ted Rudolf, Jarl Forsman, Steve Sekhon, Rusty Hendley, Tony Williams, Ashley Brown and Ricardo Castro, and Ashley’s frequent houseguest, their son’s Pawpaw, Tim... Read more

Snapshots of Summer

It’s nice to step back, now and then, and appreciate life on Richardson Bay. Whether waterskiing further out in deep water, backflipping into the Lagoon closer to home, or simply enjoying the reflections as they come off the water, ours is a particularly unique vantage point. These snapshots—taken over the... Read more

New Floating Home Designs in Florida

Fane Lozman’s plans to develop his water community in Florida have been delayed. But for good reason. He just won his second Supreme Court case. He is the first person to argue and win two different cases in the Supreme Court. The 8-1 decision handed down by the Supreme Court... Read more

European Glimpses of Home

After visiting Amsterdam last month, Jane and I joined ex-Issaquah neighbor Emily Riddell for a Viking River cruise down the Rhine and Danube rivers to Budapest. (Emily’s husband Stuart was a late scratch for this trip for health reasons, but he has recovered, and the couple will be visiting Issaquah... Read more

The Houseboats of Amsterdam

On a late April visit to Amsterdam, Jane and I discovered the Houseboat Museum, and were struck by the parallels between the Dutch waterfront community and our own. The museum is housed in the Hendrika Maria, a former freighter, built in 1914. Until the 1960s the boat primarily transported sand... Read more