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Allen's great circle trip

Mississippi River

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One beautiful view from the Professor and Mary Ann as we turned off the Illinois onto the Mississippi

October 26, 2003

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That night we stayed at Alton Marina in Alton, Illinois. 
Jim and Phil drove all day to pick up Chris so he could be back for School. Lee well be here Tuesday Evening late.

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Alton Marina at night.

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Alton Belle Casino on the Mississippi.

I went here for dinner and had all you can eat of crab legs, prime rib dinner, and Chocolate cake for $14.95. 

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Some beautiful flowers in front of the Alton Belle

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I took a walk into Alton and saw the store named "Gifts n' Sweets" and wondered what that was all about. I meet the nicest lady Joyce Durbin.  

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Guess what this man is painting?

I had to ask him because I could figure it out. He told me that he was painting Marble squares..  

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Why can't the boat stay together.

The bathroom hoses had worked lose and I had water all over the floor and Mary Ann's towels were all wet. 

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After fixing the hoses I step out onto the stern of the boat and Look UP.

Was I being Bless?

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Late in the evening after 9 hrs of driving Lee and the taxi driver show up at the Alton Marina.

Lee looks rested and excited about the boat trip. 

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Lee's first day on the Mississippi.
A view from the helm of the Professor and Mary Ann of the Chain of Rocks canal.

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NO trip down the Mississippi would be complete without a picture on the St. Louis Arch.

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On October 29 we pull into Hoppies Marina in Missouri 

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The Hoppies Marina Dock Lady was one of a kind. She show Lee and I a new way to tied our fenders and seat down with us and explained the perils of the river and where to be on guard.

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Walking up the hill toward town we came across this boat hull. This is not the 
Professor and Mary Ann.

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The Blue Owl

Full of wonderful food and pastries for the pallet.

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The Old House

Can you guess what goes on in the Indian tents?

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What can you do in an old tepee in the night?

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That's right, you can rent the tepee for an evening dinner and be served.
Boy was that couple having fun.....

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Linda and Vic Schubert of the Spookie sailboat.

Lee and I ate dinner with the Vic and Linda Schubert at the Old House. During Dinner we found out the He was a Power Square Treasure they also were on the Great Circle Trip

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We were going to leave Hoppies today but we chickened out.
The winds reached 40 miles per hour. You can see from the front of this barge the waves as she is going downstream.

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