Watching a ship pass by on the Columbia. My camera doesn’t have great zoom, so this photo isn’t as clear as I would like, but I was still really excited to capture the river pilot climbing up the side of the ship. The river pilots take over from the bar pilots just past the Astoria Bridge. The bar and river pilots are basically super heroes. Navigating huge ships across the bar and down the river is incredibly tricky. The bar is one of the most dangerous waterways in the world, and river bottom topography is in constant flux. Plus, they have to climb several stories up those tiny ladders! Clicking on the photos will enlarge them.