We like work (we could watch it all day, as the bumper sticker says). And we like water. So it is great fun when we can combine our two interests -- watching people work on the water.
Back when we were traveling full-time, we spent a very interesting morning talking to these men who were setting and retrieving crawfish traps in a Louisiana Bayou. They make their living this way. This trip was three or four years after Hurricane Katrina and the men told us their business was just beginning to recover.
Earlier on this trip, we had seen gunny-bags full of crawfish being dumped on the scale at receiving stations. And we had eaten some of them at restaurants. I'm sorry not to have pictures of those. It was interesting to learn how those little waterbugs get from water to plate (actually they are usually served on a table lined with newspaper).
This is a more recent memory. We didn't get to talk to to this window-washer, but we waved at him. We were eating breakfast on the deck of our boat, docked across from the one he's working on -- it is the casino boat moored at Fort Myers Beach. He finished his job before the day's gamblers boarded the boat. (I'm guessing that most of the passengers on this boat don't spend a whole lot of time gazing out the windows, but I guess they want it to look spiffy just in case.)
A different kind of Florida working boat -- we waved at the guys on this tugboat as we boated past it on the Caloosahatchie. That's a big load of pipe they are pushing to a construction project somewhere down the river.
I always thought about divers as having romantic jobs (finding treasure or learning about sealife), but we've learned that there are quite a few (slightly more ordinary) jobs around here that require their services.
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