Throwing the hook.

Betty Jane, River Queens, on the Ohio.

Wind and current run parallel above and below. Anchor goes over; rode buzzes pursuit to the gravelly dark. River broadsides keel, and Betty Jane, hooked like a whale, thrashes from side to side. Rode stretches thin and taut.

Our tether is tenuous.

Happy Labor Day, y'all.

River Queens: Saucy boat, stout mates, spotted dog, America