Tuesday, August 12, 2008
On a recent visit to the Ballard Locks in Seattle, in addition to seeing tons of massive salmon working their way to their spawning grounds, we noticed some geese stuck in one of the locks. As the doors to the lock opened they made a break for it. It was great! It's hard to express the amount of incoming water these birds were swimming against. As the lock was getting ready to open, they swam right to the center of the gate is if they were all too familiar with how this works. As soon as it opened they were lifted by the massive rush of oncoming water- surfing!- and paddled vigorously for probably a minute to make it five feet. Off stage left there is a tour boat with maybe fifty tourists on it, all of them cheering. There are maybe a hundred other folks standing on either side of the lock.