Saturday, September 15, 2007

What I got off the bus to see the other day


As the No. 14 bus headed west over the Hawthorne Bridge, I spied something I’d not yet seen in the 14 months I’ve lived in Portland. It's a barge named New Vision--I see that on the front corner of it--and a tug named The Chief, right in the middle of downtown, on the Willamette River. Neat!

I got right off that bus at its first stop and walked back east, heading north along the river. They were slowly moving downstream. I walked and walked and walked, until I could get the entire barge and tug in the photo.

Look at that blue sky, reflected in the river. Didn't I luck out at what I consider a momentous moment (sorry) in the story of my life in Portland? I think so. And did you know that the Willamette River runs north, to its mouth and the intersection with the Columbia River which then runs west to the Pacific Ocean? That's why I was walking north and the barge and tug were moving downstream.


Here's another angle. The green metal struss bridge is the Hawthorne Bridge, and the double deck cantilever bridge beyond it is the Marquam, home of I-5 as it crosses the river.

If you like ocean-going vessels, you ought to look at my other blog, Mama and Me from PDX, in the August Posts. Scroll on down to August 16 (which takes you by my Aug. 23 parody of "Always Look on the Bright Side of Life," which I entitled, "Always Delete the Spam from Your Life") to see a huge yacht at the marina on the other side of the Hawthorne Bridge.

Here's a tidbit from the barge company’s Web site:

Tidewater—more than a barge line. In operation since 1932, Tidewater has traditionally offered a variety of barge transportation services on the Columbia-Snake River System. Today, in our endeavor to provide extended services to our customers, Tidewater has evolved into a multi-modal transportation company serving the Pacific Northwest with its integrated system of towboats, barges, and terminals. We appreciate the privilege of operating in the Pacific Northwest and are committed to performing in a manner that will preserve the livability of this region for future generations.


oldmanlincoln said...

It has been a while but I came to thank you for visiting my place and when I got here I read your post for today and thoroughly enjoyed it. I also liked the photos.

No, to answer your question about sitting and waiting on the bugs. I just look around and sometimes see them.

dot said...

Those pictures were worth getting off the bus for! Beautiful!
I grew up near Mobile, Al and have seen a lot of tugs and barges but it's been a while.

Fénix (Bostonscapes DP) said...

Very interesting caption. I don't think I've seen a smiley on a barge before.

Have a nice weekend, Lynette

Chuckeroon said...

Tks for dropping in on Richmond upon Thames.

Being a "barge freak" (how freaky is that?) I enjoyed your post.

The Pacific North west is far far away, so I really am happy that you found R u T

Ming_the_Merciless said...

Cool photo. I could really understand the scope of its size by the little speed boat next to the barge in the 2nd photo.

Lavenderlady said...

they (the barges) are an important component of our economy here in the Northwest. Nice shots.

Wendy said...

Looks like some boat watching fun going on in Portland. Good shots!

Sonia said...

Those picture are beautiful, Lynette! Have a good Sunday!

Denton said...

The second photo shows a pleasure craft next to the barge which does a good job of showing the size of the barge.

Lynette said...

Thanks to y'all for looking at my photos and leaving your comments. It's interesting to find out how folks find the subjects for their photos and to find out how the subject of my photos relates to their lives.