As you've noticed, today is Dave's birthday. Thanks to all for the birthday wishes, by phone, text, email and greeting card - they mean a lot to him.
|Lewis playing ball in our beautiful side yard with the river behind|
|view through our windshield and, yes, another barge|
|Mama was very upset when we approached her nest|
|the protected ones|
Kildeer have nests in the driveways of a few of the sites around us. The owner's of the campground are so great, they've put little blue flags next to each nest, so we all can be careful not to disturb the families.
I know I've posted lots of barge pictures, but we just can't get enough of them. There are such a variety of tugs, a variety of cargo on the barges, huge variances in sizes and in the strategy used to power these enormous masses through the boiling currents and around the sharp corners. We're used to their sounds now, low rumbling as they approach, loaded diesel engines with a high pitched, soft whine as they pass. Small pleasures...
The distant rumbles remind us of the huge freighters navigating the St. Lawrence River when we first slept in a tent there. You'd hear them all night long. Yes, I said "slept in a tent". That phase didn't last long, as you might expect.
|birthday boy watching a coal barge. They come very close to us.|
|A regular power boat passing that coal barge. Its hard to really show the scale of these beasts but I hope this shot helps.|
|Cooking his birthday dinner|
If anyone is interested, go to tomsawyersrvpark.com and click on the "flood" tab at the top to see just what this place can look like. We've been wondering how high the water actually comes because the levee we drive over to get here is very high and this campground is very flat and right at the river's edge. Now we know. The picture that shows the motorhome section flooded is taken from directly behind the site we're now occupying. Glad the river is in a low stage now or we would be underwater.
Tomorrow we break camp and set out west on I-40. Talk to you all later, thanks for riding along.