Coffee Break

by Amy Caldwell July. 29, 2021 150 views

Often we will grab a coffee to go and head to the lake to watch people, boats, seagulls, waves, sunsets. Normally, I don't take my good camera when we do this because it's a coffee break....you know, a break during your work day with coffee. in the afternoon. Anyway, This particular day, we happened to see a freighter way out on the lake. Was it coming or going or passing? Watched for a long time, it seemed to not be moving. Coffee was gone. Been here long enough. We had to leave.

Wait. Stop. It's coming in-go back....

Now I wished I had my 'real' camera...

Zoomed in. Most of the people at the beach that day gathered to watch them. (so I wasn't the only crazy person making my husband turn around to park so I could watch this boat...)

The Great Republic

The Great Republic

It pretty much fills up the channel. Once it gets closer you can tell it is going pretty fast, but it seemed to be sitting still far out in the water. Took forever to get in.

The Great Republic is a bulk carrier, 634'10'' long. She carries 'stuff' across the Great Lakes, can carry more than 24,000 tons. (that's a big boat...)

You see? Guy in the middle? Everyone was taking pictures. :D

Let's climb to the top and see where they go. (my husband is so patient to tolerate my crazy..we know where they're going...)

Not quite to the top, but we still beat the boat, almost can see it. It will go to the east end of the lake to pick where they will pick up or unload.

Actually, we come here quite a bit. This is one of my favorite spots. Plus, it's good exercise to get here, 300 steps to the top. This is not the top...

This is the top. Sometimes I see deer up here, which seems odd to me, but I guess they know where they're safe. When I was younger, we walked up the front side of this dune, from the beach. Can't do that now. You have to use the stairs on the back side. They've 'restored' the dune, built stairs, walkways, benches...whatever. It was much more fun to climb up the sand....

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Camellia Staab 1 month, 3 weeks ago

Huge carrier. Nice captures, even though you didn't have your real camera with you smile

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Jay Boggess 1 month, 3 weeks ago

Fascinating series! 
Excellent camera work and commentary! 
I love to watch huge ships, like this one, doing "their thing". 
Lots of them to watch, around where I live, too!
+1smile+1

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Tom Snider 1 month, 4 weeks ago

I really enjoyed this post.  Great pictures, great story!

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