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…