Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving, all

The Ohio River Blog is taking a couple of days off to celebrate Thanksgiving. My personal finances and my self-confidence (my arrogance?) have taken some nasty hits in the past 18 months, but my family is together and we're all healthy. So this week we can be thankful and not whiny.

The blog will be back this weekend. As we take a break, here are a few photos of the new AEP towboat AEP Leader Legacy, taken at Addison, Ohio, on the dark, cloudy and moody day that was today.

Leftovers, Part 2: mv. Paula Ruble

Adam's 11th birthday was Oct. 21. As part of that celebration, we went downriver to find the Crounse Corp. towboat Paula Ruble. We'd seen the Ruble a few times before. The first time was on Jan. 3, a day of bitter cold. The air temperature that day must have been in the low teens or lower, with a nasty wind chill. We chased the boat along 20 miles of river, and the boat was moving kind of slow. In other words, we stood on the river bank a lot. Because he dressed as warmly as I told him to, he ended up wearing my knit cap and my gloves.

Here's the Ruble on Oct. 21 right after she has gone under the U.S. Grant Bridge at Portsmouth, Ohio.

And here it is about to go under the Carl D. Perkins Memorial Bridge just below town.

And here's a closeup from that same photo.

On another subject, I see that the new towboat AEP Legacy is on the move in my area. But I have to go an hour and a half to the east for an interview this morning, so I don't know if I'll be able to catch it in daylight. But I'll try. With Adam's help,  of course.