In case you haven’t noticed, I’m retired. Yea ! ! So, my two favorite activities, at least in the winter, are related to picture taking – One is of 18 Wheelers and Two is of Bridge Construction.
The 18 Wheelers go into a series of children’s picture books titled “Have You Seen My 18 Wheeler?” and “Have You Seen My Daddy’s 18 Wheeler?” They are related, and are full color photographs of trucks and challenges children and/or bored adult passengers to see how many trucking firms they can spot. “Have You Seen My Daddy’s 18 Wheeler?” also presents a story about what a 2nd grader understands about Daddy’s truck driving along with information about truck stops, totem poles, and how California Gold got from California to the Kentuky Derby as well as 96 pictures of trucks that represent over 84,000 trucks you can spot on the interstates. I figure it’s easier to spot an 18 wheeler than that license plate you’ve been searching for from Montana. If you’d like to take the challenge, contact me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
My other activity is bridge construction and what civil engineers do for it. There are thousands of simple, two span, concrete or steel beam bridges over the interstates all across America. You cross under them each and every day. “Russell Builds a Bridge” will present photographs and brief descriptions about what civil engineers did to make sure the bridges are safe, smooth, and can carry the load they are designed for. Here is a photograph of steel beams, sitting on their pier and abutments. The beams straddle a total of 560 feet with a center pier at 280 feet. The beams come in lengths about 100 feet long, 10 feet deep (high?), weigh about 92,000 pounds, and are spliced together. Just know that they are big enough to support you and your car and/or your 18 Wheeler, as you drive on it 🙂 !