Saturday, December 17, 2016
Spencer Jack Drives His Pickup To Frozen Padilla Bay
Heading north on Taft Boulevard my phone made its incoming text message noise.
Eventually I found myself stopped at a long red light at the intersection of Maplewood and Kemp. So I took the phone out of its pocket location to quickly see, before the light turned green, that the incoming text message was from Spencer Jack and his dad.
Two photos were included with the one line of text which said...
Brutally cold, with ice, on Padilla Bay.
Ice on Padilla Bay? Padilla Bay is saltwater. The temperature has to get mighty cold to freeze saltwater.
Above Spencer Jack is waving at us from his new pickup, with the aforementioned icy Padilla Bay behind him.
Below is the second photo, one which shows the ice forming on the shore of Padilla Bay.
That smoke you see rising on the other side of Padilla Bay is rising from the oil refineries on Marsh's Point.
Washington has no oil wells.
However, these big boats called Supertankers haul Alaskan oil to Marsh's Point, where it is turned into usable products, like gasoline. Currently coal is also being brought to Marsh's Point, but not by Supertankers. The coal arrives via trains. Many of the locals in Western Washington have not been happy about those coal trains.
Spencer Jack waving at us from Padilla Bay reminds me of the fact that it was at Padilla Bay I first met Spencer Jack. At Bay View State Park, in early August of 2008. Bay View State Park is on the east side of Padilla Bay.
Below is the YouTube video I made of the day I met Spencer Jack for the first time. I suspect Spencer Jack does not remember this....