Thursday, May 7, 2015

Two boats, a train and a granddaughter

I saw a Crounse boat this morning, the Barbara. I looked for the "Friends of Coal" logo on it, but I didn't see it.

I did, however, see the Barbara being overtaken by the Gladys Ford. As far as I know, today was the first time I saw that particular boat. If I saw it operate under a previous name, I don't remember.

I was able to get a shot of the Gladys Ford and its barges reflected in the smooth water before the two boats churned it all up.

I also got a shot of a southbound CSX train on the old B&O line along the Ohio River. It was a pretty long train, carrying mixed freight including several cars of propane.

The best part was when I was waiting for the Barbara to get to where I was, and I got a phone call saying a certain two-year-old wanted me to come see her for a few minutes. Of course I did.

And that was my excitement for today.

Smaller boats

I don't know how many small boats there are compared to the big ones, and I don't know how many people work on them compared to the big ones. All I know is that they're out there doing work, too, even if they're not exactly the boats that people who live on shore think about or share pictures of.

Last Friday, I saw the Taylor Renee come out of the Big Sandy pushing six loads of coal. The engine was running pretty loud, and it was kicking up quite a wake as it headed down the river. Where it was going I don't know.

I assume this boat doesn't travel far from South Point, Ohio, but I could be wrong. I've been wrong before.