Skywatch Friday – Ida Skies

We had some nice skies for part of the week. I think they were offshoots of Hurricane Ida. The victims of the storm are in my thoughts. So many people had to leave their homes. It’s going to be a long time before they get the electricity turned on. The storm continued up to the east coast causing flooding and tornadoes. What a miserable storm Ida was.

I went looking for a geocache. The spoiler is that I didn’t find it but I found something else. I was looking at the these cottonwood trees and it looked kind of funny.

It’s hard to see it in this photo but there is a trail that starts out and goes down to the Arkansas River. I was checking it out and a guy with a fishing rod came by and we chatted a bit. Apparently you walk down the trail to the river, wade across part of the river and climb up on a sandbar and right there is a big hole that he says is full of catfish. You learn something new every day. I tried explaining geocaching to him and I could kind of tell the young man was worried about me. He was wondering if I was right in my head.

I wasn’t fishing, I was geocaching and the cache was hidden in the rip rap. I clambered around looking in all the nooks and crannies and couldn’t find it. Apparently nobody else could either. I got an email from the owners who said that they checked and it was missing and they are going to replace it soon.

On the way out I passed a tube bending company in an industrial area. They built this thing to show off their craft. Tube bending is useful in making chemical and refinery processing equipment, especially heaters and such. Tulsa has a lot of oilfield manufacturing companies and expertise.

The next day I went on a bike ride on the RiverParks trails along the Arkansas River here in Tulsa. I stopped to check out the construction of the new low water dam and pedestrian bridge. I think that it is going to be another two years or so before they are done. I’m looking forward to it. Click here for a look at the conceptual design.

And finished up at what I call the Bear Fountain near where I parked my care. The temp was in the low 90’s F but the heat index was about a 105 F. Time to go get cooled off. I was going to go geocaching again but didn’t want to get back out in the heat.

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21 thoughts on “Skywatch Friday – Ida Skies

  1. Emille (Jesh)

    At least the guy was worried about you:):) Yeah, first time ever I caught the first images of Ida some nights ago (am a night owl), so I could include it in my weekly post. Like the ides of the tube tower:)

  2. JM Illinois U.S.A.

    Greetings and Salutations! Geocache and fisherman conversation reminds me of my son a fisherman having a conversation with a goat farmer in a bar in Spooner, Wisconsin. LOL! Bear Fountain looks like a place to cool off after a HOT day.

  3. Nancy Chan

    Someone sent me a video clip of the flood caused by Hurricane Ida. Hope the situation will return to normal soon. Just as the fisherman heard about geocaching for the first time from you, I too came to know about geocaching from your blog. Looking for a missing cache can be frustrating. Enjoy your weekend.

  4. Cathy Kennedy

    Alan,

    I’ve never been geocaching but it sounds like a fun outdoor activity. You’d think younger people would understand technology games without a problem but it’s interesting they are more in the dark on such things than someone twice as old as them which is quite funny. Isn’t it supposed to be the other way around? Your sky view is beautiful. We were spared from Ida’s wrath. She did push some rain into our area and I think there was some isolated flooding or that was the concern but I don’t recall ever seeing anything on the news so it must not have come to pass. Ida did sweep in some cooler temps for which I’m grateful to have. I love the bear fountain! Have a fototastic weekend. It’s hard to believe it’s September again!

  5. Alana

    I like walking across interesting bridges. You can call it a strange hobby. Bridges I’ve walked over include New York City’s Brooklyn Bridge, Charleston SC’s Ravenel Bridge over the Cooper River, the Rainbow Bridge between Niagara Falls, NY and Niagara Falls, Canada and the Alexandra bridge between Ottawa, Canada and Gatineau, Quebec. I checked out “your” bridge under construction via your link and it’s going on my list when it’s done and if I ever get out to your part of the country again (post COVID, one hopes). It’s beautiful.

  6. DeniseinVA

    I know people who think it is a bit odd that I like blogging so much, and I can imagine trying to explain geocaching to that young man. I do think he was very kind to be concerned. The tubing sculpture was a good way to advertise. Enjoyed all the photos but that first one was amazing. I’m wondering if you took that with a drone? Have been thinking about all those in Ida’s path also. Looked scary from the photos and videos I’ve looked at.

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