The past week or two have been exciting since it's barge season and we've had a couple of ships visit us already. It's always fun to wake up and see a new ship floating nearby, waiting to dock. The first boat of the season was the gas ship that came and filled up the big tankers by the gas station. It still amazes me that a boat can carry as much gas that our whole hamlet needs until next summer.
Later on in the week, there were actually 3 ships in the lake at once. It looked like a real-life version of a game of Battleship. They sat idling in the lake for a while and waited until the dock was ready for them, and then a smaller tug boat brings them to the dock. 2 of the ships were barges holding different containers and the last one was another gas ship, probably filling the gas tankers for the mine.
It's fun to be around for "sealift" season since everyone in town gets a little more excited - it's like Christmas with people waiting for their goods. It's also neat to be down by the docks and see what sorts of things are brought in - the other day I saw a long row of brand new trucks with the mine's logo on them. It's definitely summer when all the boats start coming!