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I bought the “Marine Traffic “ App for my phone and for my iPad last summer because we stayed in a campground near the St Laurence Seaway where the deep sea and lake ships are very close. It’s fun to see where they last stopped and where they are going.
We may not be able to do that this summer. :crying:

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What do you miss from your childhood?

It's a beautiful spring day - high in the mid-70s - and I just thought back to the joy of Fizzies. A perfect summer childhood treat.
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Bill_G wrote:
Wed May 20, 2020 9:15 am
Wet and dreary on the coast yesterday. I did three sites in one day - Kalama, Naselle, and Nicolai. Most of the time the view from the hilltop was whiteout because of the clouds. But, I did get one image of the mouth of the Columbia while descending Naselle. You can see all the ships lined up ready for the pilots to bring them into Portland.
That’s lovely, BillG. My husband and I are both retired from the Coast Guard. At one time my husband worked for the Coast Guard Civil Engineering Unit in Oakland, CA. His job was to travel up and down the west coast, assessing lighthouses in preparation for turning them over to states and non-profits (the Coast Guard retained ownership of the aid to navigation, but wanted to get out of the historic preservation business). anyhoo, your pictures remind me of the ones he’d bring home. Lighthouses always had the best views.
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Volkonski wrote:
Wed May 20, 2020 1:22 pm

For a time I had an office with a window that faced the Houston Ship Channel. The ships came and went all day. :daydream:
I can imagine. Ships have a +80 mile trip upriver to the terminals in Longview, Kalama, Vancouver, and Portland. Past Portland is nothing but barge traffic because the dam locks can't handle larger vessels.

The river has to be dredged constantly to allow deep draft ocean vessels to pass. Passage has to be timed with the tides. At low tide, the river is draining towards the ocean, and at high tide the ocean is bucking the river flow. This push and pull, rise and fall is reflected upriver.

Bar pilots meet the ships at sea and bring them into Astoria. Then a river pilot boards to bring it to a port. There's a constant shuttling of bar and river pilots on small craft and tugs.

And I have my fingers in the pie because I maintain the comms from Astoria to the Snake River in Idaho.

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MN-Skeptic wrote:
Wed May 20, 2020 3:35 pm
What do you miss from your childhood?

It's a beautiful spring day - high in the mid-70s - and I just thought back to the joy of Fizzies. A perfect summer childhood treat.
My tricycle! Zoom zoom!

And Lincoln Logs.

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Maybenaut wrote:
Wed May 20, 2020 3:44 pm

That’s lovely, BillG. My husband and I are both retired from the Coast Guard. At one time my husband worked for the Coast Guard Civil Engineering Unit in Oakland, CA. His job was to travel up and down the west coast, assessing lighthouses in preparation for turning them over to states and non-profits (the Coast Guard retained ownership of the aid to navigation, but wanted to get out of the historic preservation business). anyhoo, your pictures remind me of the ones he’d bring home. Lighthouses always had the best views.
I've had this contract for over a decade, and love the views when I get them. On a clear day, you can see Mount St Helens. The second photo is from Nicolai looking towards the hilltop I took the first photo. The cloud cover between is the river socked in by fog.
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Inland about 350 miles, the Columbia meets up with the Snake River. The Snake continues for several hundred miles towards Wyoming and Utah. This picture is the Snake as it passes Twin Falls Idaho (where most of your Chobani yogurt comes from). At this point, the river is a narrow ditch. It's still navigable by barges and tugs, but it has seasonal limits. By the end of summer, you can almost walk across it depending on the snow pack in Wyoming.
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Someplace around here I have a picture of the original Bridge of the Gods.

Before ACE (Army Corp of Engineers) started building dams for the hydroelectric projects, the Columbia River was not navigable east of what is now Cascade Locks. Eons ago, after the Missoula Flood scoured out the gorge that forms the river, a mountain fell down forming a natural dam. The debris field is enormous, and still easily seen on land. Where it crossed the river, it created a rocky falls that natives fished for salmon returning to spawn each year. In low water years, the flow reduced enough for them to walk across the river on the boulders. After the Bonneville Dam was built, the Bridge of Gods was submerged. However, there have been some low water years where the BPA (Bonneville Power Authority) has to drop the river level to generate power, and the bridge is revealed for short periods.

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MN-Skeptic wrote:
Wed May 20, 2020 3:35 pm
What do you miss from your childhood?

It's a beautiful spring day - high in the mid-70s - and I just thought back to the joy of Fizzies. A perfect summer childhood treat.
OMG Yes!!!

But the reality was kind of a letdown after the ads and resultant anticipation. Kinda weak flavored, barely-fizzy water.

One of my playmates was Liz F. During the Fizzy craze, we nicknamed her Fizzy Fuzzbug. She hated that.

Slinkys were a similar letdown. On the tv ads, they did all kinds of cool things. In reality - nothing, really.

(I was a dedicated thumbsucker well into kindergarten, leading to my parents bribing me with the offer of whatever toy I wanted in exchange for stopping the habit. I agreed. My choice - a Slinky. I got the raw end of that deal.)
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MN-Skeptic wrote:
Wed May 20, 2020 3:35 pm
What do you miss from your childhood?

It's a beautiful spring day - high in the mid-70s - and I just thought back to the joy of Fizzies. A perfect summer childhood treat.
I miss someone else deciding what was going to be for dinner every night. :daydream:
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I should go to bed, but Knopfler is playing his Resonator on Youtube right now.
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ZekeB wrote:
Wed May 20, 2020 11:24 pm
I should go to bed, but Knopfler is playing his Resonator on Youtube right now.
I'm going with Colbert's monologue in a few minutes, then bedtime for bonzo.

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Whatever4 wrote:
Wed May 20, 2020 10:31 pm
MN-Skeptic wrote:
Wed May 20, 2020 3:35 pm
What do you miss from your childhood?

It's a beautiful spring day - high in the mid-70s - and I just thought back to the joy of Fizzies. A perfect summer childhood treat.
I miss someone else deciding what was going to be for dinner every night. :daydream:
That’s one thing that I, as a picky eater, do not miss.
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MN-Skeptic wrote:
Wed May 20, 2020 3:35 pm
What do you miss from your childhood?

It's a beautiful spring day - high in the mid-70s - and I just thought back to the joy of Fizzies. A perfect summer childhood treat.
I remember picking black raspberries from high bushes. Those bushes are long gone though, and it’s very hard finding the berries anywhere. Lots of blackberries around, but they’re not as special.
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Has anyone heard from Dolly? She has not visited since mid-March. I am concerned.
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kate520 wrote:
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Has anyone heard from Dolly? She has not visited since mid-March. I am concerned.
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Thanks, hon. I’ve not been there in eons.

ETA: Did we say something wrong? Not like her, is it?
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You read my mind.
kate520 wrote:
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Has anyone heard from Dolly? She has not visited since mid-March. I am concerned.
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I dreamed I was singing the words of Back In The USSR to the tune of Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da.

I didn't even know that could match up. My brain is WAY TOO WEIRD for me! :dazed:
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Foggy wrote:
Sat May 23, 2020 8:06 am
I dreamed I was singing the words of Back In The USSR to the tune of Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da.

I didn't even know that could match up. My brain is WAY TOO WEIRD for me! :dazed:
Well, that's what's cool about dreams (if you can remember them). They don't make real world sense. The impossible becomes possible. Enjoy. ;)

Of course now, at the next Zoom meetup, we want to hear you sing. :blink:

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neonzx wrote:
Sat May 23, 2020 8:34 am
Foggy wrote:
Sat May 23, 2020 8:06 am
I dreamed I was singing the words of Back In The USSR to the tune of Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da.

I didn't even know that could match up. My brain is WAY TOO WEIRD for me! :dazed:
Well, that's what's cool about dreams (if you can remember them). They don't make real world sense. The impossible becomes possible. Enjoy. ;)

Of course now, at the next Zoom meetup, we want to hear you sing. :blink:
No. No we don’t.
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Somewheeeeeeeeere over the Fogbow!
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Click your heels together three times, and say "There's no place like Bow, there's no place like Bow".

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Just cuz...
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