Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Spring Iz Sprung Like Unto a Massive Ore Boat

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.


  1. I always have a weird reaction to news like this - something like the "early start to Great Lakes shipping." One is, "Woohoo! Spring!" The other is, "Cripes, global warming is upon us and still nobody's doing a goddam thing about it." I think this has something to do with being both a environmentalist and a lifelong resident of the Upper Midwest.

  2. Trina, I know EXACTLY what you are saying. It has been decided Chez Krup, however, that we can be excited without guilt for the beginning of the shipping season because of the 10 days of extremely cold weather we had a couple weeks ago. It was cold, now it's not; thus, spring is upon us.

    We are excellent at rationalization. You might have noticed.