Monday, October 25, 2010

Film archives: A trip up the river in 2002

My older son, Joey, is 16 years old. He's a good kid. His only bad quality is his utter inability to understand why anyone would be interested in the Ohio River.

But eight years ago, before Adam's incessant infatuation with the river drove Joey toward disdain, Joey  and I took a day trip up the river. Our first stop was at Antiquity, Ohio, where my grandparents' boat had been built more than a hundred years before. But there was nothing there to indicate any old boat works, so the camera stayed in the car until we got to the Willow Island Locks and Dam.

Joey shot video ...

.... and watched the Clyde Butcher enter the main lock ...

... while divers inspected something in the auxiliary lock.

We took a ride on the ferry at Sistersville, W.Va. ...

... and Joey had to go into the water to look for some river critters.

I think he had a good day anyway.