As promised, walked 3 hours in and around the City of ABERDEEN, Washington, wondering all the while how we got ourselves into the mess we find ourself = stranded in ABERDEEN for the next 5 days with no funds to wiggle in place or move on to complete our Cross-Country SAGA.
In the interim, we discovered the following this afternoon:
This claim may be a few years out of date. Pics reveal lots of vacant properties which were some years ago, bee hives of activity.
Looking into downtown business district of ABERDEEN.
The CHEHALIS RIVER runs through ABERDEEN.
Here comes an icon of better days ...
LOGS in days gone by would be 2 to 3 times larger than those loaded on the above 18-Wheeler LOGGING TRUCK.
TSUNAMI information is posted well and often ... taken serious on the PACIFIC OCEAN COAST of WASHINGTON, OREGON, and CALIFORNIA.
Another view of the CHEHALIS RIVER. The hillside to the LEFT is VERY important as regards EARTHQUAKES.
This image is a good one to graphically see the "CLAY" I have discussed so many times in past Blog Updates.
This CLAY is saturated with WATER inside ... water drain pipes inserted deep into the CLAY hillside help relieve pressure from the water lurking inside. In a major EARTHQUAKE, this CLAY Hillside would be subject to collapse.
ABERDEEN River Walk !
DRIFTWOOD is a major feature on virtually ALL Salt Water Beaches. In times gone by unbelievably long LOG BOOMS transited water ways on their way ti Sawmills. Today, LOGGING TRUCKS handle the job.
An indigenous American Indian checking his Salmon Fishing Net. I watched (got no photograph) as he removed two 15 pound Salmon which had become entangled in his net.
Indians have special Fishing Rights not allowed to White Folks. This WAS their land for thousands of years ... a little enough special concession.
A Salmon is being removed from the net lying at the fisherman's feet.
Rocks line many salt water shorelines. Such Rock Barriers are called RIP-RAP, designed to fortify the banks from damage from the always moving waters.
The Bridge sitting on these abandoned "Piers" has been replaced by another bigger better Bridge a short distance to the right (Down Stream), which is pictured in the next image ...
The above colorful marker is known to NAVIGATORS entering the River as a "RANGE MARKER".
Some distance further along the River will be more such "RANGE MARKERS".
The Navigator visually lines successive Range Markers ... one behind the other; then extends an imaginary line to his boat; and drives his boat up that line until the next RANGE MARKER comes into view ... repeating the processs to his destination
Location and Identification of ALL such "NAV AIDS" (NAV AIDS = Aids to Navigation) are marked on Marine Navigation CHARTS (MAPS) ... often with clarification comments.
This KNOWLEDGE one receives as part of safe SEAMANSHIP.
KNOWLEDGE = POWER !
This railroad in the sky is called a "TRESTLE"
This TRESTLE lifts Trains up to the Bridge crossing the River.
OOops ... here comes a train on the TRESTLE right now ...
Kinda SCARY ... I stand five feet from the TRESTLE as that big guy CRAWLS Very slowly and carefully a few feet above my head.
A kind soul left a message ...
We hope you do ... have a nice day 1
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A VERY GOOD FRIEND has deposited a few $$ in my DEBIT CARD Bank Account. Thank You !
You See, all is well. I WILL remain in ABERDEEN as previously outlined. Now we can roam locally to capture interesting knowledge from GRAYS HARBOR and the local PACIFIC OCEAN BEACH known as OCEAN SHORES.
Rearranged SPIAs blankets. Should be toasty tonight.