Barge through the oak leaves

I caught this view from our deck:

Barge thru the fall leaves

Barge thru the fall leaves

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Up river in Dubuque again

I got this picture going over the highway 61 bridge in Dubuque last week.  The crest was well past, but if you look very carefully in the distance, you will see a barge that has run up against the highway 20 bridge downriver.  There is a railroad bridge first, and then the silver spans of the highway 20 bridge.  Look about 2/3 of the way up the picture, 1/4 of the way in from the right.  Sorry, taking pictures from a moving RV can be a challenge.

 

First barge of the spring

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The river seems about the same today.  I did get a picture of the first barge we have seen this season.  I also learned how to drive the RV today, drove it through town to Walmart, parked, went shopping and drove back to the cottage on I-80.  Yeah!!

 

Up river in Dubuque

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Yesterday we were in Dubuque for a dog show.   We went over to the new refurbished riverfront and snapped a couple of pictures.  Still some ice around.  Check out the Corps’ work barge.

Barges are back

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Today we started doing some boxing up of our cottage belongings.  However, the river did not look too threatening.  It does appear to be moving faster and has a strange pooling quality on the surface.

You can see how fast the current is moving by checking out our video.  Note the ducks just floating downstream on the current.

http://ca.youtube.com/watch?v=zMnSBL9bFeE

AND, the barges are back.  See what is coming upstream here:

http://www2.mvr.usace.army.mil/omni/webrpts/omni_vl/vessel_current_location_all.cfm?SRVR=MVD&cc_river_code=MI&cc_lock_number=14

I hope they are only going as far as Clinton, since there is still ice on the other side of that dam.