Doing the Ditch

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The Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway, sometimes referred to as “the ditch”, is made up of rivers, bays, sounds, inlets, and manmade canals stretching north-south from Norfolk, VA to the Florida Keys. The waterway is used by commercial barges, small cruise lines, commercial fishing vessels, as well as pleasure boats.

Hunting Island Beach, SC

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We walked one of the boardwalks to the beach where a few people were taking advantage of a pretty day.  The sand was well packed as the tide had long since gone out. We headed north toward the lighthouse and came upon a wall constructed of steel pilings.  It was holding back the washing away of the sand to the south, at least for a time. I looked out over this forlorn stretch of northward beach; trees uprooted and washing into the sea one by one. Much effort is spent on engineering techniques, but these only delay further loss.  Seawalls and groynes “provide short-term solutions and long-term problems.” (http://oceanworld.tamu.edu/resources/oceanography-book/coastalerosion.htm)  We try to save the beaches and beach development because it suits our immediate need.  Is this our appropriate role as good stewards of our evolving earth?         … Continued

Three Musketeers

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I heard rollicking approach from the boardwalk and down the ramp onto the docks.  The chatter and laughter continued as young people clamored aboard the neighboring boat.  I was in the cockpit processing images on my laptop.  One called out to me, with confidence and a rather contagious exuberance, “Hello, nice to meet you”.  I looked up to see a young lady of about 11 years old.  So outgoing and polite. A moment later, a man approached.  Probably the dad, I thought.  He introduced himself and apologized… perhaps for the disturbed peace, as now tuning of violin, viola and cello came from the back deck of the fishing boat.  Wow, the sound was unexpected and my curiosity peaked.  I was being blessed by the sound of youthful wonderment.  Jim told me his daughter, Lillian, and her friends were on their … Continued