The barge we saw yesterday was heavily loaded and moved fairly slowly. The one we saw this evening was empty and zipped by at a surprising speed.
It’s so fascinating to me to watch the tugs push instead of pull the barges. And watching them back the barges around a right angle bend is a gripping demonstration of navigational skill.
I’m not feeling up to par, so mostly I hung around the campsite and took it easy today. While I was sitting outside this morning, I noticed a leaf high in a tree, wildly swinging back and forth, even though there was no breeze.
I watched it for a while and realized that it must contain a caterpillar trying to work out of a cocoon. But when it continued on and off all day, I guessed that either the caterpillar couldn’t free itself and maybe his leaf shelter could become his tomb. Or maybe it is something else altogether. If it was a caterpillar trying to break free, then he made a mistake in not anchoring his shelter. Because most of the energy from activity inside the leaf was wasted swinging the leaf.
All that goes to show you that I wasted much of my day pondering the plight of the mystery leaf dweller. A mind is a terrible thing to waste. 😀