Out of the Cocoon

In my last post the Minnesota Slip Bridge was cocooned in tarps for painting.  The wraps have been removed and the new paint work revealed.  To my eye, the bridge seems to lean a bit to the teal side of blue, but looks great nonetheless.  However, I’m not sure about the yellow fish.  It does make them stand out more than when they were a shade of green. Perhaps the color will grow on me over time.

Although the bridge is mostly done, there is still ongoing work in the slip.  The seawall is being worked on and this September it is anticipated that the William A. Irvin will be moved from the slip to allow for cleaning of the slip and painting of the Irvin.  Moving the Irvin will be quite the feat as there is only fifteen inches of clearance for her to navigate through as she goes through the slip bridge.  I hope I can be present when she makes the transit.

By The Water


The Canada Steamship Lines “Baie Comeau” heads for the lake.

Normally, much of my time by the water is while working at the Minnesota Slip Bridge.  Last week I took a break from the bridge to spend some time in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.  Instead of watching the ships go by, I was watching other canoes, loons, eagles and osprey.  One thing is for sure, any time spent by the water is quality time.  For me, it makes no difference if it’s the inner harbor in Duluth, or a small lake we’ve just portaged into.  Water is a rejuvenator and energizer.  It’s a source of peace and inspiration.  When I’m away from water for extended periods of time, it’s as if part of me is missing and I’m excited to return to the sights and sounds of water.