Saturday, June 6, 2009
Up, down and sideways
Last Sunday, after the baseball game, I headed for the Mississippi River. For some reason, the parking in Tom Lee Park was closed off, so I drove to the top of the bluffs and hiked down.
Shown above: The boat in the foreground is loaded and moving downriver. The second boat is moving upriver, and the truck is on I-40. Even though it was bright and sunny, the photo is fairly drab. I believe it has to do with the way the light reflects off the water (or doesn't).
It's hard to appreciate how big each individual tow barge is. One barge can hold the equivalent of 20 railroad cars or 75 semi-trucks. One boat (called a tow) can push 20 or more barges. In fact they can be in groups of up to 45 barges, and are often longer than an aircraft carrier. See here. If you want more river factoids, click here or here.