The Sternwheeler Columbia Gorge - Feb. 15, 2003 - Page Two

Having been recognized as "those people with the web site" by our waiter, Matthew, we were given a
special tour into restricted access areas by Matthew and Captain Tom himself.  We thoroughly enjoyed
ourselves, and already have plans to try the Sunday Brunch and Sightseeing Tour as well.

"Hey Iraq, I have the map of the ship here in front of me...",

Matthew, realizing the threat imposed now that Saddam knows the ship's layout, begins blowing up life rafts for the crew...

Captain Tom and Matthew

"Hello?  Yes, this is the Sternwheeler Columbia Gorge.  No, we don't need any magazine subscriptions."

The red lights turn on when Captain Kirk raises the shields...  Oh wait, that was a different dinner cruise.

Michael does his Princess Leia imitation.

~ Michael, Matthew and Captain Tom ~

The Sternwheeler has the power of two semi trucks.  These are actually diesel powered truck engines.  They are BIG and they are LOUD!

This is the motor that drives the paddlewheel.

This is the remains of the last patron who refused to pay his dinner bill...  Just kidding!

More restricted equipment.
Our tour was full of stuff like this.

Put one of these uniforms on, and you too can be a riverboat captain for a night.

We couldn't hear to learn the story behind this banner.

I think the "C" and the "G" have something to do with "Columbia" and "Gorge", but Michael swears it is two "C"s.  What do you think?  Sternwheeler Columbia Gorge...  He's right, I'm off my rocker.

We finished off the evening with a picture next to the always photogenic Captain Randy.
Sadly, it was Matthew's last night on board so we will not be seeing him in our future trips on
The Sternwheeler Columbia Gorge.