Like I said before we are camped on the banks of the Cumberland River. I thought I would learn more about the area and what happens here.
The Cumberland River is a waterway the southern Untied States. It is 688 miles long. Its tributaries are three separate forks that begin in Kentucky. After flowing through Nashville, the river continues west through Tennessee and back into Kentucky at the Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area. And Finally, the river flows north and merges with the Ohio River northeast of Paducah.
The inland river system is ideally suited for shipping unwieldy,
over-sized cargo, which cannot easily be moved over the road or rail
America has nearly 12,000 miles of commercially navigable inland
waterways that have been used for moving the goods of this nation for as
long as it has been in existence. This natural resource contributes
to the growth and efficiency of trade and commerce in ways that shrink
our carbon footprint, reduce noise levels and congestion on our highways
while improving profit margins. Movement of freight by barge is being
considered anew by many companies for these very compelling reasons.
Did you know that America moves over 600 million tons of
freight by barge annually? This is the equivalent of approximately 25
million truckloads! The freight in one standard tow of fifteen barges
being hauled by truck would result in a line of tractor trailers ten
miles long! Overcrowding on our highways is already problematic.
Imagine the additional congestion and wear and tear on our roadway
infrastructure if not for waterway transport. The occurrence of
accidents is also drastically reduced. Measured by a ratio of accidents
to tonnage hauled, barge shipping is significantly safer than either
rail or trucking.
A barge is well suited for this task. A barge is a flat-bottomed boat, built mainly for river and canal transport of heavy goods. Some barges are not self-propelled and need to be towed or pushed by towboats.
Got this pic of a barge going down the river right here. It looks like they are hauling coal.
I have also been out taking pix of the area. Hope you enjoy.
Dog violet is the common name for various species of the plant genus Viola with unscented flowers. The term arose to differentiate them from the scented sweet violet.
Not sure, but I think these are apple blossoms.
And of course the dandelion are out too.
Bird watching is great fun, but bird identification is a lot harder. I have bird books and went on line and I am not sure if this is a Little Gull or a Bonaparte's Gull. I think it is a Little Gull.
The next few pix are of one of them fishing.
The trees are almost ready to pop too.