Saturday, December 3, 2022

M/V Mae Etta Hines on a windy day

After an internet outage at my house that dragged into weeks, I can finally get back online and post entries here. You might know the outage came as I was preparing to make a new series of entries -- a listicle, I believe it is called.

So let me say what this guy on the barges of the M/V Mae Etta Hines said to me this afternoon as it passed Huntington WV.

And here's a photo I got of the boat just so you know we're still out there, although I'm starting to think my days of walking up on bridges, climbing up and down the riverbank and climbing on the riprap at locks and dams is nearing its end. It's time to develop a new strategy of finding photos worth remembering.

The wind was blowing so hard today up on the bridge that it was pushing my lens around as I tried to frame my shots. Seriously.

The Mae Etta Hines holds a place for me and my youngest son. It was launched as the Hoosier State on the day he first saw the Buckeye State, and we attended the Hoosier State's christening in Rising Sun, Indiana, the following May. Adam even got to steer the Hoosier State lightboat out on the river after the ceremony. It was an exciting experience for a fourth grader who had already driven a school bus fresh off the factory floor by then. The boat may be the Mae Etta Hines to everyone else, but it will always be the Hoosier State to Adam.

Anyway, it's nice to be back online.