Caparico / A slow walker

Action at the Port

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What started as a quiet and peaceful day ended up completely stirring the river’s water…

I would encourage you to click through the embedded photos as you read. While their ‘thumbnails’ are enough to follow along, they won’t portray the same feeling.

I could see the small cruise that had parked not far from the river’s shore yesterday evening was still sleepy. The morning water were calm, and some clouds started gathering at the horizon.

Out of nowhere appeared very quickly what seemed like 3 rapid and equipped dinghies, storming their way ahead. The dinghies were all similarly painted yellow, and it was obvious they were on a joint mission.

3 dinghies on a chase
3 dinghies on a chase

While they were very focused on their target, I was becoming really curious to discover what it was… I set my eyes towards the direction at which they were moving, and about a kilometer ahead spotted this huge tin can:

 

Target, roughly a kilometer ahead
Target, roughly a kilometer ahead

 

While I was still pondering whether indeed that could be the reason they seemed in such a hurry for, the great tin can didn’t seem to get very stressed at the sight of it’s chasers, and showed no signs of  any plans of retreat.

Another look towards the dinghies revealed that 2 of them were still full power ahead, while one of them seemed to have shut down it’s engine and stopped advancing. Was it fear that stung it’s crew members, or maybe a strategic plan to be used as reserve? Soon to be unveiled.

 

One dinghy down...
One dinghy down…

 

But a few moments after, I could see the fastest among the dinghies starting to get closer to the “Tin Can”, so I could capture both of them inside the same frame:

 

Dinghy approaching target
Dinghy approaching target

 

The tension was rising, no doubt. How the hell were those dinghies planning on making the huge can turn back? It sure didn’t show any signs of regret entering the river.

A few seconds later, the fast dinghy was so fast it managed to pass the clumsy tin can, and with a swift turn around it was at it’s rear:

 

Swift Dinghy Turn
Swift Dinghy Turn

 

Very quickly did another one of the dinghies show up to support it’s team, and stood up at the tin can’s way.

 

Tin can is surrounded
Tin can is surrounded

 

I would imagine that at the new turn of events, that floating pile of junk would come to halt, and consider it’s actions, but that, obviously would just be boring… Of course it didn’t stop, nor slow down, but rather continued straight ahead at it’s course (of world domination?).

I’m quite positive the dinghy’s crew did not see this coming, and must have been stressed out completely. While the tin can was still advancing, with one dinghy at it’s rear, and one going in reverse at it’s front, they were slowly approaching the third dinghy that was reserved in the back.

 

Surrounding Target
Surrounding Target

 

As they all reached the third dinghy’s parking spot, suddenly the big tin can remembered (or realized it had no other choice) to slow down and stop. Phew… That was tense. Now what?

 

Target Aquired

Target Aquired

 

Fortunately, the tin can went with little to no resistance to where it was directed by the dinghies. Great job, Portuguese Coast Watch!

A few minutes later, the tin can was parked along the other side of the river, with it’s captain probably owing some explanations to some angry navy men.

That was quite a bit of action to help me wake up and start the day properly. Didn’t need any coffee this morning 😉

 

Update:

Did however need a shower to wash off all the sweat. Very tense.