Around 8:45 last night, the James R. Barker left Superior -- the first ship from the Twin Ports this year -- on one of the earliest starts to the Great Lakes shipping seasons.
I got home around 12:30 a.m. I could see the Barker heading toward the horizon on the Taconite Harbor run. It was all lit up and looked like a massive glittering multi-tiered birthday cake sailing away into the dark. It was gorgeous. Spring is coming.