EAST WENATCHEE — The last big weekend of summer and one of the area’s most notorious beaches is doing double duty as a great destination for local family boating.
“Today, it’s super mellow,” said Sara Eggers of Wenatchee as she soaked up the sun on a the popular strip of beach on the east side of the Columbia River, just south of the Odabashian Bridge. “On a normal day, you’ll have boats anchored behind other boats.”
Below the dunes area of the Apple Capital Recreation Loop Trail, the beach is a little hard to get to except by boat or a long walk.
It’s earned a reputation as a party spot, known for fights and excessive drinking. But plenty of local families have grown up enjoying it, too, Eggers said.
“Even though there are other places to go on the Columbia, there aren’t many sandy beaches where you can just tie your boat up and hang out,” she said.
Her 7-year-old daughter Tai Eggers, nearby, stared down at her own legs, which she’d buried in the sand.
They arrived that morning with their friends Kim and Dave Ordway of Wenatchee.
Egger’s boyfriend and her son would arrive later in the day on their own boat, and everyone would head home later for a big family barbecue.
The Ordways’ boat was nosed into shore. A few other boats, each anchoring its own collection of sun lovers, dotted the shoreline.
“Summer means sun, water and boating. That’s all my kids know,” Eggers said. “This is a beach where my kids can play. What I don’t like is people not picking up their trash. Especially the glass.”
A family friend Phu Kay of Wenatchee agreed. “Pick up after yourself, and don’t ruin it for the rest of us,” he said.
The Ordways’ amphibious daughter Olivia, 7, didn’t leave the water for a second.
“Mom, watch this! Watch this!” she said, flopping backwards into the water, her arms outstretched.
“Every time we go home, we have shells that she’s collected from the bottom,” mom Kim Ordway said.
This is the last weekend that Dave Ordway will have with his family before heading back to Juneau, Alaska, where he works seven months a year as a paving foreman.
Sara Eggers knows that Labor Day weekend is a ending, too, as kids head back to school next week.
“Summer is just careless, and now we’re back to the schedule,” she said. “It’s back to reality.”