What I didn't show you was THIS!! As I came across the lower part of the bridge from Ilwaco, I saw a ship heading rather fast towards the bridge. It being early morning and no traffic, I stopped in the middle of the road for a windshield picture. That's not dirty water beside her, that's MUD. That's how shallow the bay really is. This is Ocean Wealth, a bulk carrier owned by a company from Panama.
WAIT ... she's going under the bridge!! I just HAVE to get pictures!! I raced as fast as I could down the ramp, around the corner to a red light. RATS!! Please, please change!! Another quick left turn and I came to a screeching halt next to a building, grabbed my camera and raced to the back deck as fast as I could.
Just in the nick of time, she started under the bridge. YAY!!! Making it even more dramatic, with the tide out, all the old cannery pilings are sticking out of the mud. I happily snapped away. I might even have to frame this one!!
She was no slow poke. In fact, I was shocked at how fast she was traveling. Don't they have speed limits??
It's funny, I don't know how many crew it takes to operate one of these babies, but you NEVER see anyone. There's not a sole standing on the deck or any of the railings. Ocean Wealth is a bulk carrier, moving coal, ore and steel around the world. There is actually an App you can get called Marine Traffic, which will show you every ship in your area. Tap on the ship and you can find out where it's from, what it's carrying, where it's going and info like how long and how much it weighs.
Well THAT was exciting. I headed off to Sunday Market, where I picked up a few pieces of corn. Blog friends Rick and Kathy Rousseau showed this tip on their blog, so I'm passing it along. Cut off the bottom end (I should have cut off a tad bit more) and microwave the corn for 4 minutes each piece.
When done, using heavy gloves or a hot pad, cuz this baby is screaming hot and will burn you ... squeeze the top end like you were milking a cow, and the corn pops out, with NO silk attached. Since I didn't cut off quite enough, it didn't pop out, but was super easy to peel, leaving those pesky silk strands attached to the husk. To make it even better, when I ate the corn, the kernels came off the cob super easy. Corn for lunch!!
For dinner, I had picked up a BBQ chicken pizza from Safeway. They never put enough stuff on it for me, so I added some of my smoked chicken, sliced onions, more cheese and a little more barbecue sauce. Baked in my Breville oven on the bottom shelf, it came out fabulous. Edible at least, and that's a plus for me. Of course you know I will eat anything with the name pizza attached to it.
I spent the afternoon yesterday in the Cannon Beach area at Indian Beach. It was just SO cool ... go early and take a $5 bill. I'll tell you why tomorrow!!