Posting's been light this week-end, because Murphy and I were traveling.
It was an early morning take-off, delayed a bit due to hazy weather over the field, but we launched and headed northwest because we had someplace to be.
Enroute, we overflew the usual neat stuff. (Click on the pics to enlarge them.) Here's the railroad roundhouse at Cumberland, MD, complete with it's turntable.
And here's a nifty little dam holding back a nice-looking mad-made lake above a town my map identifies as Confluence, PA.
(You learn so much neat stuff flying over other stuff...)
Then it was onward, around Pittsburgh and past Cleveland to overfly that mecca of the shooting sports, Camp Perry outside of Port Clinton, Ohio. The matches run most of July and August, this year from July 9th through August 15th, with competitions firing every day. On this day at this time, I'm overflying the CMP Games Springfield/Vintage Rifle Match. This one's fired at 200 yards using original "as-issued" 1903 Springfield rifles. A second class fires at the same time using other vintage military rifles.
100 firing positions on this range means 100 people shooting at the same time. I've shot this match and I love that sound. I wish I were shooting it this year, but my hand still won't hold a rifle with it's soft cast on. Also, 95-degree heat makes for a long day sitting or lying in that field with no shade. But still...The Nationals. It's worth the suffering once a year.
Then it was out over Lake Erie, after first passing by the Davis-Besse nuclear power plant west of Perry.
Crossing the lake, I climb to give myself more glide range should a problem occur over the water, and then on the other side I have to drop down to under 3500 feet (and then 2500 feet) to stay under Detroit Metropolitan Airport's controlled airspace. But this is cool, because there's nothing below me but river and I can boat-watch.
And a newer, larger one down-bound.
Personally I like the older ones, as they exemplified the glory days of Great Lakes shipping, but most of them are gone now, either scrapped outright or converted into
self-unloading barges like this one I spied:
Here you can see where they've removed the entire aft structure and engines and put in a notch for a large tug to fit in. It's degrading to do that to a proud ship like a Great Lakes freighter.
She didn't always look like this though. In 1959, she was laid down as Hull #424 in the Manitowoc, Wisconsin, shipyard and launched as the Adam E. Cornelius, a coal-fired self-unloader that was 666.3 feet long. For almost thirty years she sailed the Great Lakes, until declining lakes shipping and the rising costs of operating a coal power plant idled her along with so many others. Now she's this...an unpowered 611 foot barge pushed by a 137 foot tug named the Jane Ann IV, which is not here today.
Equally sad was my RC-172 discovery of the old Bob-lo boats, tied up at this downriver dock just north of the Spencer.
The Columbia is the larger one farthest inland in the slip (left ship in the pics below). The smaller one facing into the river channel is the St. Claire (right ship in these pics).
being restored with the promise of local use, and the Columbia is being stabilized prior to being towed to New York, where it is intended to be restored and used on the Hudson River.
Then it was up past Zug Island again, taking pictures just because they've always prohibited it on their grounds.
Yep. In for a short week-end to see family...and to take the Spud and my father to a very special event, which you'll see in the next post.
Oh, and just because the Bob-Lo boats have me nostalgic...here's a vintage Faygo Pop commercial featuring one of the smaller, Canadian-based Bob-lo boats.
That commercial ran for years every summer back in the 70's. I used to love it.