Unwanted Company

We had unwanted company the other night when a coon snuck aboard from the dock where we were tied up for the night.
The scoundrel found a bag of garbage on the back of the boat that was accidentally left out that night and he tore it to pieces.  The next morning we found garbage all over the back deck.
To add insult to injury that raccoon didn't even wipe it's paws before crossing back across our barge.  


Lucky Gator

I ran upstairs to the wheelhouse to do some paperwork while we were tied up in the marsh yesterday, and spied a gray "smudge" across the pass.

I grabbed my camera and zoomed in on it and sure enough it was a gator about 8 ft long sunning himself on the bank.  I don't know how he survived gator hunting season which just ended, but I'm glad he did and it was good to see him enjoying this beautiful Fall day here in the Delta.
It's sights like these that keep me loving my job and appreciating the beauty of all God's creations.

Wild Hogs

Well, I finally decided to get internet service for my laptop on the tugboat.  Now I can post stuff almost as it happens.  So here goes my first attempt.

While traveling down Main Pass, off the Mississippi River, yesterday evening, we scared up a herd of wild hogs.  I've been seeing on the news a lot lately about pork shortage and bacon prices tripling in the future.  It sure don't look like a problem down in the delta though.  Judging by this herd of wild pork chops, looks like there is plenty pork to go around; ya just gotta scare it up.


The Labor of Our Fruits

Although Cappy was home for two whole weeks, the only thing I remember for certain that we got accomplished was eight batches of lemon jelly and lemon pepper jelly (four each). I say we because I was here, behind the scenes "helping". Cappy did the lion's share as will become evident, one'st you see the slideshow I made about the whole ordeal. ....Oh RATS! I've tried and tried and tried and tried to get that slideshow to upload on this new formatted blog post for nuttin'. Now I'm going to have to ask you to click on the youtube link to see the danged thing. It's not that long, and it's our video "channel", Cappy's and mine, so yall should be safe clicking on it. Nobody that we know of has had any problems, but I know there are folks who say they not gonna click on any links. Here ya go:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g7wkbQ_cQLg&list=UUe6CkaSkPG0EXROyp-xQkjw&index=1&feature=plcp

And...I've still got a lot of new stories, especially about the great people we met on our travels this Summer. Lots of wacky stuff going on around here, too, like the baby alligator hatchling I found in my kitchen sink (!!!?) the other day. Alrighty then :-)