when the phone rings…

Rain, rain, rain. This photo was taken Sunday. The water is definitely up with all of the ran we’ve received this week. Unfortunately, along the Cumberland River, Nashville seems to be taking the brunt of it.

The National Weather Service has a really neat Hydrograph, along with some other neat facts about the Cumberland in Clarksville.

Ingram Marine Group is a barge company that operates all over the Mississippi and in the Easter waterways, such as Illinois and Ohio. Anyway, they have a really neat Boat Position feature on their site. I’d love to take a tour of a tug boat or even ride on one, for a day. I’m sure it’s hard work, but it looks so peaceful out there on the water.

Kinfolk Saturdays: Swimming in Wild Waters from Kinfolk (kinfolk.com) on Vimeo.

I love Kinfolk videos.

all i ever needed…

lbl sunset

lbl sunset 2

Ghost ships really do exist.

…veterans won’t be able to receive government-funded health care from providers outside the Department of Veterans Affairs system.” (I’m curious to know what the federal judge that ruled on this case defines the word adequate.)

We also learned that even though there was a Legionnaires’ outbreak at the Pittsburgh VA, the former director received a nearly $63,000 bonus.

I’ll end this on a few positive notes:

Dolphins Riding the Bow of the Leda Maersk from Maersk Line on Vimeo.

Chicago by boat: A timelapse journey from Philip Bloom on Vimeo.

along the river…

fog light river night

This was a treat. On a whim last night we went down to the riverwalk. It was pretty quiet. So we headed down the way further to the marina. I wasn’t sure what we would see since it was pretty dark out. We were on a second story deck overlooking the river and noticed an erratic fishing boat. It looked as if someone had dropped some nets in at least three different locations. The small fishing boat may have been snagged in it. And coming from around the bend was this light. I know it isn’t the best of photos but I think you can get a feel for it. Anyway, it was pretty neat watching the tug with about 6 barges maneuver around the next bend before it goes under the railroad bridge.

fort donelson lizard

Today, we headed West to Fort Donelson. This lizard, or skink maybe, was at the back gate to the Fort Donelson National Cemetery. We aren’t so into Confederate history, but Zach loves old cannons and I love the water.

cumberland river from fort donelson

This picture is from the Lower River Battery. I think there were about 8 cannons, but this was the view. (Be sure to read the “Did you know?” section at the bottom of that page.)

Moving through Chicago from geoff tompkinson on Vimeo.

death implies life…

sunset land between the lakes bridge

This is a picture from the Land Between the Lakes. I’m not an overly outdoorsy person, but I love the water. It was a spur of the moment drive, so we just stayed for the sunset and got lost looking for a bathroom, which we found in one of the campgrounds. Hopefully, we can go back soon.

cumberland hunter tug overflowing river

That tug is the Cumberland Hunter, operated by Hunter Marine. They have a neat feature on their website, Boat Positions, where you can see where their tugs are.

Also, as you can see, the Cumberland River is up. The water had come over a viewing deck at the downtown McGregor Park Riverwalk.

Last, but not least, Lisa Bonchek Adams continues to share her story of living with metastatic cancer. I don’t know her, but she is so brave and kind to share her journey with everyone. She is a personal inspiration. Reading her blog has allowed me to have insight into my father’s struggle with metastatic cancer. I wish I would have found her blog much sooner, I think my dad might have found some comfort in it.

Kinfolk Story: Honey Harvest from Kinfolk (kinfolk.com) on Vimeo.

In Memorian…

We’ve been packing. We’ll pick the moving truck up in a few days and say goodbye to Fayetteville and Fort Bragg. But today is Memorial Day. A day we remember service members that gave their lives in service to our country. So, tonight we took a break from packing to go visit the Field of Honor one last time.

honor field at dusk fayetteville

There was a man and a woman in camping chairs sitting beside a tile on the walkway to the Airborne and Special Operations Museum. There were two red candles burning and beside one of the candles was an open beer. I didn’t take a picture because it was getting pretty dark and I didn’t want to intrude on something that seemed so very personal.

Something else stuck out. Directly in front of the door to the museum there is a cluster of Memorial Pavers, and taped to one of them was a single red rose. My heart breaks for his family.

CW3 Christopher Allgaier ASOM Tile

In memory of CW3 Christopher M. Allgaier and all of the service members that died serving our country.