Monday, May 18, 2015
Killing Time Between Errands
While running an errand, I swung up a road I had traveled part way up some time ago to travel further down it to a park that I had heard about. I had no plans other than to see what kind of park it was and I discovered that it was merely a small parking lot off the side of the road overlooking the river and this railroad bridge used by the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad. While taking a picture, I noticed the river was full of what looked like chunks of ice floating downstream. It was way too late in the season for it to be ice so I zoomed out my camera and grabbed the picture below. It appears to just be foam but I have no idea from what.
On my way back to the head of the road so I could continue on with my errands, I was stopped by a coal train crossing the road. Though I missed the head of the train, there were at least a hundred fully loaded coal cars that passed by before these two engines appeared in the middle of the train. After they went by, there was another hundred plus full loaded coal cars behind them and another two engines. All told, I suspect there were six engines on this train and maybe around 250 cars full of coal, all moving at a slow walking pace. Seeing as I wasn't in too big of a hurry, I just rolled down the window and listened to them roll by for the next fifteen minutes or so. This was most certainly the longest train I have ever seen.
Finally somewhere between the train bridge and the train track crossing, I passed by this cabin in the woods. I don't know the story of it but it caught my eye so I took a picture. It is definitely one of the older structures I know about in this area. Behind it were the bookends of a building long gone made from stone. I suspect it was a barn of some sort.