Wednesday, October 14, 2020

River Traffic

 Wilderwoven Tarot ~ Wheel of Fortune

I'm bookmarked on three sides by rivers, the biggest being the Columbia where I spent four days recently. At various times of the year it is stuffed with salmon, one of the mainstays of the peoples who thrived here though time. Until the white man came, but that is a different Wheel. 

Before dawn we'd hear, then see, hundreds of small boats going south at a great rate of speed. Then later those small boats drifting north on the current, fishing. It must be a fisherman/boat owner mentality thing. All that money and fuel and time expended. I walked the river every day and met bank fishermen just standing in one spot who had caught big fish. There is also the hogline...where the boats line up across the river and just sit there with their lines out. Of course I have an opinion about that too. So do the great ocean container boat captains. The Wheel of course being, pull any of those fishermen out of their boats and into  my quilt room and they'd wonder why I have five sewing machines when I'd be as well served with a three legged stool, a needle and a spool of thread. Welcome to the Wheel, where we all ride where it is comfortable and fun and profitable. This is a photo from my retreat, little boat, big boat, fish, sewing machine, in harmony. It is a tough life but someone has to do it. 

5 comments:

  1. You have a perfect window view there.

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    1. we drove through and picked our spot when we booked the time last month :) We've learned to do that when we know the area.

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  2. That is a big boat! I guess we all work with what we're comfortable with.

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    1. Probably an auto cargo hauler because the sides are enclosed. Empty and going back out to the Pacific. When the cargo ships are full you would see much if any of the paint line. A few of the ships that have come in are so big they supposedly have about a 4" clearance with the river bottom. We have a very busy port here in Kalama, predominately grain, but also lumber and logs.

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