Monday, January 4, 2010

Snow day, 1/4/10

A few thoughts from visiting some of my favorite spots along the Ohio River on a snowy winter day when everyone else has returned to work after the holidays:

Harris Riverfront Park at Huntington WV remains lonely through the winter months, but some of us go there to see how things look all bare and covered in a light, dry snow.

After that, I headed to the boat ramp at the mouth of the Guyandotte River. The tree roots and other exposed surfaces had these little icicles hanging from them. They looked like ornamental glass on a chandelier, or Christmas tree ornaments. But not as clean , of course. They are frozen Ohio River water, you know.

I looked up the river and saw these two boats coming toward me. The one in front was the Jincy of Crounse Corp. The one in the back is the Mary Lucy Lane of Canal Barge Co. Inc.

The Jincy passed under the East End bridge first, but within a half mile, the Mary Lucy Lane was overtaking it.

As I left, I looked at my footprints in the snow. The cold had made the sand soft. Wherever I stepped, my foot sank an inch or two in the little uplifted pillars of sand.