Wild Adventures
and
Boating Cruise
of
Allen Finke
and
Lee Swink

We are Presently
at
Michigan City Marina, Indiana
and
after 5800 miles
we are at end of our trip.

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Allen (Caption) and Mary Ann (Admiral) Finke on the pier at Michigan City.

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Boating Cruise and Wild Adventures

We start our boating cruise from Michigan City, to Chicago and the Chicago river, South to the Illinois River, which crosses Illinois and eventually comes out at the Mississippi near Cairo, Illinois - Then South further on the Mississippi, past St. Louis to the Ohio River. Northeast on the Ohio river until you reach Paducah, Kentucky, and then you'll enter the Tennessee Valley Authority water control system. We'll go through a series of lakes, rivers and locks and eventually enter the Tennessee river, and Pickwick Lake. From Pickwick Lake, you'll enter the
Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway (or Tenn-Tom), eventually onto the Tombigbee River and then South on the Black River to Mobile and the Gulf of Mexico.

From Mobile Bay, we'll travel East in the Inter Coastal Waterway (ICW) to Panama City, and then cross roughly 180 miles of open water to Clearwater, Florida. From Clearwater, you'll travel via the ICW further South to Marathon Island in the keys for two months and then return to Clearwater for the balance of the winter.

From Clearwater, we intend to loop South across Lake Okeechobee, and then back North up the Eastern coast of Florida, again entering the ICW, which will travel 1250 miles along the Eastern Seaboard North past Annapolis, to Philadelphia, then East around New Jersey, finally entering the Hudson River at New York City. 

From New York City, you'll travel Northwest up the Hudson River, to the Erie Canal,
to the Oswego Canal, cross Lake Ontario, and enter Canada. We'll continue West, and North through the Trent Servern Canal into Georgian Bay , and finally into Lake Huron, then cruise down along the West coast of Michigan, finally returning to home port at Michigan City, Indiana
Total miles approx. 6000     Time one Year

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Oct. 17, 2003
Leaving Michigan City and starting down the Illinois River from Chicago, Illinois

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Life on the Mississippi starting from the Illinois River.

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We Made it to the Ohio River. 
Allen gives the achievement a thumbs up.

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Confusion reins at the start of the Tennessee River.

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The Tenn-Tom River System
and
Antebellum Homes.

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The Black River
 Full of surprises.

We are called "Loppers" by the locals.

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Fairhope, Pensacola, Baytown, and Panama City,
Time for Christmas.


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Crossing the Gulf of Mexico.

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Marathon Island and the Florida Key's.
Escape from the Cold.

Southern most point in our circle trip. We are now heading home.

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Fun and Enjoyment with my granddaughters and Mary Ann.

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august_canon.jpg (10767 bytes) The Okeechobee Crossing and the Lower East Coast

At Fort Myers we made our easterly turn up the River toward the Okeechobee waterway and Lake Okeechobee passing through five locks.

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North and South Carolina

The origin of many old sayings.
 "Grave Yard Shift"

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The Chesapeake
and
Delaware Bay 

While in Baltimore Allen has the opportunity to tour the last wooden sailing ship Constellation. 

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New Jersey, New York and the 
Hudson River 

Itís hard to explain the feeling one has when you see the area and think back to the television coverage of that fateful day.

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The Eire and Oswego Canals 

We arose early the next morning to catch the taxi to the Herkimer Diamond Mines. Three hours had been allotted for digging and to find our fortunes.

Boy, were we surprise!!!!

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and
 Trent Severn Canal

The lockmaster had been advised that we were using only one engine and gently placed us aboard.

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Lake Michigan

Lee was still looking for directions home as he still had doubts about Allen's navigation skills.

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Manatee's
by
Lee Swink

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Locking Thru
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Lee Swink

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Knuckles and Patty

Upon arriving at Boot Key Harbor this belief was further strengthen.

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