Wednesday 8-10-16

We are still at Grafton Harbor, Il. our last day.  The weather is way to hot to walk, so I did laundry and exercised in the pool, now how great is that. Kent and I went to Aeries Winery on top of a hill looking out on the river.  We found out if you called…

Track our Trip

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

Grafton, Il. 8-11-16

This morning was so nice and peaceful as we pulled anchor and started navigating down the Mississippi River.  Our first lock #24 (there is no #23) was a two hr. wait.  The water is high and very dirty which means no swimming for me while we wait. We saw two canoes traveling with a saying on…

First Bollard

bol·lard ˈbälərd/ A short, thick post on the deck of a ship or on a wharf, to which a ship’s rope may be secured. The weather today is sunny and we’re heading for lock #19…a 30 ft. drop, and the first one with a bollard “great”.  Dale Harper…where are you when I need you?  Wow I did it first try,…

8-5-16 Keokuk Yacht Club

The weather was cloudy when we started this morning, but didn’t stay that way for long. We got right through lock #16 & #17, only a 6″ drop and we floated in both.  They were the fasted locks I’ve ever been through.  The river is getting very dirty, due to high water and abundance of…

Fairport Landing on the Mississippi

Thursday morning started out with a visit from Ron McKinney, a retired coworker of Kent’s and friend.  He brought us doughnuts, which I didn’t need to eat, but were so good.  Ron was so nice to give Kent a ride to get ice, before we left the dock.  Were finding out already that an offer…

Start of our Journey 8-3-2016

Kent & I started our new adventure this morning, but not without a delay.  I forgot my phone in the car locked at home.  Thanks to Sandy’s help we finally left Frentress with a lot of mixed emotions, and a fully loaded boat.  Kent & I would always say when heading back to our slip…