For a couple minutes, we thought our river had brought us pirates!
Rich saw two boats coming down the river, and was so awe-struck that we might soon be boarded, he nearly forgot to get the camera and take a shot or two. As evidence. In case we were killed.
Turns out they are touring America this year and next….and they are heading to our next stop, Pensacola! We’ll try to get pictures on board there.
We were standing in the dark beside the river because there had been no barge traffic all day but suddenly there were two tugs (why do they call them tug boats, when they actually PUSH the barges?) with strings of barges right here all jammed up waiting to get through the lock. We’d heard that a tug downstream had broken down and had blocked the channel so no traffic could pass up- or downstream. It looked like the “logjam” had broken and traffic was starting up.
I’ve borrowed an aerial photo from wikipedia to show you the low dam and lock structure. We’re upstream on the same side of the river as the lock, just beyond the bottom of this photo.