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Pretty cool. Kent set up this link so you can track our speed, distance and location in realtime along the trip.  Click here to follow us using GARMIN tracking

Ending where are journey started

  Saturday morning in Dubuque Ice harbor I washed the boat as Amy cooked breakfast.   We left with a clean boat and will return with a clean boat.  We can’t return to our slip until 1 today as kids have a welcome home party planned. We left the marina in Dubuque around 11 and slowly…

Heading up the Mississippi River

We left Grafton Harbor September 8 at 6:30 having 76 miles to navigate with two locks, before we anchor for the evening.  I so wanted to turn left and start all over again but instead we turned right and are now heading up the Mississippi River.  We have 365 miles and 13 locks to navigate…

Crossing our wake at Grafton, Il.

Grafton, Il. is the oldest city in Jersey County, Il founded in 1832 by James Mason, Grafton.  It’s located near the confluence of the Illinois and Mississippi Rivers.   Grafton population reached its peak at approximately 10,000 in 1850, with opportunities coming from the local stone quarries, boat building, and commercial fishing.  The great flood…

Traveling to Grafton, Il

We left Tall Timber Marina early in the morning we have a long 80 mile day ahead of us.  Jim & Kay (Hiatus) were waiting for us as we cleared the entrance to the marina.  Our plans are to travel today, Labor Day, hopeing we don’t have a long delay at the LaGrange Lock &…

Havanna, Il. 9-3-17

Sunday morning we left IVY Marina with the sun shinning brightly and a slight wind. We are traveling with Tim & Alice (Observer) from Boston in front of us and Jim & Kay (Hiatus) from Milwaukee behind us. This is Peoria, Il. it lies along the Il. River.  The city is named for the Peoria…

Traveling 9-2-17

When we woke up on Saturday morning our plans were to leave early, as we have an 80 mile day ahead of us.  Well we all know that the best made plans don’t work.  Fog had rolled in this morning limiting visibility.  One thing we learned on this trip is if the weather is bad…

Ottowa, IL

We left Harborside Marina round 8:00 this morning along with Jim & Kay “Hiatus”.  What a beautiful sunny morning to be navigating on the river.  We are now on the Illinois river I have to say it’s nice to be back on the river system no what matter river it is. The Illinois River is…

Des Plaines River (8/31/17)

The weather this morning is sunny and cool with high winds.  We spent the night on the wall above Lockport Lock and Dam along with “High Spirits” and “Odmark”.  High Spirit was in front of us and we saw the trouble he had getting off the wall with the wind, knowing we were next.  The…

Leaving Chicago

Leaving Chicago on this beautiful sunny morning we are navigating on the South Branch Chicago River,  we have just passed under 50 bridges.  What a sight to see early in the morning with all the tall buildings and watching the people scurry to work.  We are lucky that our boat is under 17 ft. so…

Chicago, IL (8/29/17)

When we left Michigan City, early this morning we had a slight mist which didn’t last long.  We will be leaving the eastern shore of Lake Michigan and crossing 37 miles to Chicago Il.  We really enjoyed the harbors on Lake Michigan, they all had lighthouses at the port entrances.  Most of the ports have…

Michigan City, Indiana

  Michigan City is the first harbor in the state of Indiana.  This harbor pretty well marks the end of the sandy shoreline and forgiving bottom, as well as the Michigan Harbors of Refuge.  Michigan City is located at the mouth of Trail Creek where it enters Lake Michigan.   As we straddle the border…

St. Joesph, MI

We finally left Holland, Michigan Friday morning with good weather.  We only planned on staying two nights but due to strong winds and rain we stayed four days.  We had a great stay at Anchorage Marina and Greg the harbor master went out of his way to make us feel at home.  The weather this…