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21 April 2008 Curtis Vicknair

Once in a Lifetime Experience

Trestle over the Bonnet Carre' Spillway Locks

I had the opportunity to take a 3,500 feet ride (that's half way across) on top of the Spillway structure out to where the oaks are. We rode on a small rail car that rides directly over the very swollen Mississippi River on one side and the rushing water of the opened locks on the other side. The thundering roar of the water, accompanied by the wind, made for a daring ride.
And, yes, I was terribly afraid. Notice the grip on the railing.
I was happy to have gotten a closer look at the mature live oak trees. Hopefully, they will survive this Spillway opening as well as they did in previous years.

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Ron Asp10-Mar-2014 21:19
Coleen, you loved it and you know it... another day goes down in the books....
Frank Wilson19-May-2011 01:28
I don't know how I missed this on but I just ran across it. Great shot of you . . . hanging on.
Phil Orgeron16-Jun-2009 18:50
JW16-Jun-2009 06:38
a railway on the water - how cool! What a great adventure!
william mahan15-Jun-2008 02:58

We should all live of our lives to the fullest each day...Glad you took that adventure for us!
yannick Beunard13-Jun-2008 20:35
I understand your comment ,but you have the same look
carol j. phipps27-May-2008 02:38
What an exciting portrait, Coleen! Good for you! Keep up the good work.
Guest 29-Apr-2008 21:19
What is life if not full of adventure...
From the huge smile on your face I would say you had an enjoyable ride...
Chris Cox25-Apr-2008 02:20
Hi Coleen,

Wow, what a nice adventure. And probably no one else more deserving than You to get that ride, since you document so much about the Bonnet Carre' Spillway, its wildlife, its history, and all the nice things about it. We're all jealous! CC
Manny Abadie 23-Apr-2008 20:07
.Is rare for regular citizens to get a ride on the spillway buggy. Is that you have "true grit" or just that the Corps wanted to get you back over to Montz?
northstar3723-Apr-2008 17:03
That's a mighty river!
royalld23-Apr-2008 15:40
Now that is quite an adventure.
I understand the Mississippi River when it is raging can make the ocean look like a bath tub.
Great shot.
Linda Willets23-Apr-2008 04:16
what an adventure..brave woman
Guest 23-Apr-2008 01:48
Impressive V
Cindi Smith22-Apr-2008 22:38
You look great for being scared to death.. Thanks for sharing this experience! I envy you for your courage and strength!!!!!
Jackdad22-Apr-2008 19:15
you look terrified! And I don't blame you!
J. Scott Coile22-Apr-2008 19:10
White knuckled for sure!
Bob Foisel22-Apr-2008 16:17
Nice capture of the event.
Al Chesworth22-Apr-2008 15:48
Hold on tight Coleen, not seen enough od N.O yet and the swanns would miss you.
eula delhommer 22-Apr-2008 14:12
lady - you have true spunk and a true grit for adventure that life puts before you. Whomever took this shot of you did a great job. I am proud of you. Who says that retired people cannot have fun. Bob says that his ancestors would be proud to see you enjoying this scene of water floing over what was once their plantation homes.

thanks for sharing the photo with all of us. You are making history
Neal Nye22-Apr-2008 11:55
And the best part is you came back with such a great shot of yourself. I love those colors!
Zak22-Apr-2008 09:30
see, your PaD isn't done yet! ;-)
laine8222-Apr-2008 07:36
Just last week you promised me you wouldn't do anything look at you !!! :>))
Simon Chandler22-Apr-2008 05:47
That's fun. Great shot. v
Monte Stevens22-Apr-2008 04:53
Brave! Not sure I would venture out there.
Dennis Hoyne22-Apr-2008 04:25
Well done, Coleen! What a picture.
Herb 22-Apr-2008 02:52
s_barbour22-Apr-2008 02:49
Oh lucky you Coleen,what a great opportunity!
Guest 22-Apr-2008 02:46
Hi Coleen
I have had the opportunity to photograph from helicopters without doors, snake and scorpion infested desert. I must admit that looks a little more then I'm comfortable with. Atta girl is right!
Robin Reid22-Apr-2008 01:54
Boy are you adventurous and brace.
Guest 22-Apr-2008 01:42
Looks like fun to me, but, yes, I would have been holding on, tight, too!
Guest 22-Apr-2008 01:10
Absolutely correct, once in a lifetime experience. Thanks for sharing.
We're sure the sound of the flowing water was deafening.
don nieman22-Apr-2008 00:31
Quite exciting, I am sure.
sschex22-Apr-2008 00:24
Way to go, Coleen.
joanteno22-Apr-2008 00:15
Far braver than me..
Guest 21-Apr-2008 23:24
Atta girl, Coleen