The Columbia-Snake River System will shut down from The Dalles Dam eastward (upriver) on December 10th of this year. This closure will is scheduled to last for three and a half months, and will allow for some much needed navigation lock maintenance. The company I work for provides barge transportation services on this system. This closure has created a need for us to significantly reduce our operating footprint, and that meant “time off.”At first this was a bit of a shock, but once I calculated I could get by I started thinking about what I might do if I could step out of my “world” and into something totally different for this period of time. The fragments of a plan started gathering in my mind. I wonder if we might just… could we… and then, why not.