Category Archives: Life on the River

First glimpses of Autumn color

Finally getting some autumn color from Lake Pepin on up the Mississippi to Red Wing. So perfectly beautiful!

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Charming LaCrosse, WI

Gorgeous waterfront, rich history, great hiking trail, and a vibrant college town. Love LaCrosse!

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New season of River History Podcasts starts next week!

It’s been a great off-season. We’ve done some traveling and visiting friends and family. Even got booked to perform and lecture aboard a cruise to Cuba. Fascinating. Now back to the Mississippi River to begin the riverboat cruising season! So, … Continue reading

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Our best review ever!

I wanted to share with you a link to this wonderful article. Last month we were performing and lecturing onboard a Mississippi River cruise and met a lovely lady named Polly Guerin. She is a wonderful writer of books and … Continue reading

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Rocket boat

So interesting last week to see the odd-looking vessel Delta Mariner traveling back upstream past us while we were docked in Baton Rouge. Delta Mariner is a cargo ship operated by Foss Maritime for United Launch Alliance (ULA). Her primary … Continue reading

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Communities Partner with Army Corps

What an inspiring and fascinating partnership as more than a dozen community and government organizations partner with the Army Corps of Engineers for project improvements on the Hannibal Lock and Dam’s visitor’s center. What a wonderful demonstration of “river spirit.” … Continue reading

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Investigation finds Pittsburgh area locks and dams crumbling

I received a link to a troubling reported by Pittsburgh’s WTAE news about the serious deterioration of the Army Corps of Engineers locks and dams near Pittsburgh. These locks are a vital link to the movement of bulk products along … Continue reading

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New “Barge” documentary film

A new documentary film about the towboat and barge shipping is now available from Amazon. Each week as we¬†cruise along the Mississippi River, I am constantly amazed at the massive impact of this industry on the U.S. economy. Massive quantities … Continue reading

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Special Memoral Day

Sending out special warm wishes to all who have served our country.  I live in gratitude to those who have sacrificed to enable me to celebrate my freedom and travel the magnificent waterways of the United States. The Baton Rouge … Continue reading

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High water debris

High water in the last couple of months has left huge logs in some unusual places. Photos below. It’s hard to imagine that the river can vary 40 feet from season to season!

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