Behind the dam…

Well, it’s not exactly a dam, but rather a coffer dam, or a door, or the thing that holds back the Delaware River at the former Philadelphia Naval Shipyard. Take a look at this photo:

The coffer dam of a graving dock at the former Philadelphia Naval Shipyard.

The coffer dam of a graving dock at the former Philadelphia Naval Shipyard.

Click on the photo for a larger version, and count the numbers on the left, indicating feet above the bottom. Then imagine all the water that thing is holding back. If it lets go, you’re going to get deluged by the full force of the river. Thanks to a friend, I was able to check out the laying of keel blocks in this graving dock. More posts to follow, hopefully, showing the vessel on the blocks, which is an amazing thing in its own right.

An afternoon in Cambados, Spain

Cambados, Spain is a pleasant town on the Atlantic coast of Galicia. There is a stoic main square of stone buildings that you see here:

Plaza Mayor in Cambados, Spain.

Plaza Mayor in Cambados, Spain.

There are several winery shops located here, places where you might find a new favorite or a good deal by the case, especially on the local albariƱo. There’s also a handsome church.

Church in Cambados, Spain.

Church in Cambados, Spain.

Inside the church you’ll find some remarkable sacred artwork.

Inside the church at Cambados, Spain.

Inside the church at Cambados, Spain.

Take your time and stop in to one of those local joints for a glass of wine and a snack.

Wine and crisps in Cambados, Spain.

Wine and crisps in Cambados, Spain.

There’s also plenty of options for shopping and dining.

Shopping and dining in Cambados, Spain.

Shopping and dining in Cambados, Spain.

And then wander over to the waterfront where you’ll find all manner of boats such as these:

Fishing boats in Cambados, Spain.

Fishing boats in Cambados, Spain.

You can hire a boat to take you fishing or to just go for a sail around the bay.

More boats in Cambados, Spain.

More boats in Cambados, Spain.

Cambados is one of those pleasant towns in Spain that you’re sure to enjoy. Not a whole lot going on, but that’s the way I like it. I parked in a spot along a street and asked a couple of older gents if it was okay to leave the car there. They said, “Sure. All week if you want.” Nice guys in a nice place.

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Gone Fishing (in Aruba)

If you like sport fishing, there are plenty of options here in Aruba. For this post, I’m going to show a few photos of boats that are docked in the marina in Oranjestaad. There are other options that we’ll get to in other posts. For now, all you have to do is walk down the dock and strike a deal with the people who operate the boats. Many will take reservations and this is, of course, highly recommended. At the same time, you may find a bargain or just get in the mood for an outing and you should feel free to walk up try your luck. Here’s a look at a few boats.

If you’re feeling adventurous, you may connect with a local guy and head out on one of these boats.

The boat above may or may not be your style, but I see guys fishing from them most every day. You can fish from shore as well. I have to do a post on this fellow who fly fishes in the flats on the northwest edge of the island. Not sure what he catches there. And, if you don’t really want to fish but just say that you do, you could go out on a boat like this one:

Yeah, that’s more of a motor yacht than a fishing boat. Still, you could make the case that you caught the big one but let it go because you’re a good sport.

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