READY FOR THE WORLD SERIES!! HEAVEN IS JUMPING WITH JOY. AND AS COUSIN KEN SAID, “HELL JUST FROZE OVER”! GO CUBS!!!!!!!!!!
FISH BARRIER – Went cruising thru that without any issue or incident. This is an electrical barrier installed on the Illinois River and Sanitary Canal to keep the Asian Carp from getting into Lake Michigan.
FLYING CARP – Rather disappointed that we haven’t even seen any of these Asian carp flying out of the water. 😦
FOUL WEATHER GEAR AND DIVE GLOVES – Thank goodness for excellent foul weather jackets and trousers and newly purchased dive gloves. It has been cold ( early AM temperatures in the 50’s) and these articles of warmth have saved the day. Thankfully we are traveling in the right direction. The trees have not yet turned color, but are on the verge of doing so.
MISSISSIPPI RIVER – THE BIG MUDDY: We had expected the travel on the Mississippi River to be more difficult than what we have experienced. This river is very wide, very muddy, and filled with debris – mostly logs and stumps. We keep a constant watch for floating objects and by the end of the day the EYES are tired. The tow boat captains have been friendly for the most part and helpful in letting you know which side to pass them on. There is a “language of the rivers” , such as passing on the #1 or the #2 whistle. Those terms go way back to earlier times on the rivers before there were VHF radios, radar and now AIS. The tows would toot one blast of their horn if they wanted you to pass on their port side, or left side. And , it goes without saying, that the two “toots” of their horns or bells , means that you would pass them on their starboard, or right side. Sometimes they will say 1 bell or 2 bells , other times it is “on the one” or “two” and they leave off the term whistle or bell or horn!! As we travel along the Ohio, Cumberland, and the Tom BigBee waterway, we will hear the same language.
TOM AND HUCK — we have NOT found them. OH WAIT!! THERE was this guy from Warsaw, IN who pulled into Grafton Harbor, where we were last week, on a pontoon boat he had made in his back yard. It was top heavy with some structure built on the top level, and the pontoon part, boxed, enclosed in. This little boat was only about 20 feet long. Eric, was his name. He was out for an adventure, with plans to go to Mobile, AL. HE QUIT!! After a day of almost flipping this thing over in the Illinois river,,,,,he docked her, called his buddy to come help him trailer it back to Indiana, and said he was selling it. “What was I thinking, ??? I have a wife and 3 kids and I could have killed myself or my family. I am done. It was a dream,,,now I don’t know what…….” Yeah, he might have been a bit nuts to do this, but he did try, and he did have an adventure from Chicago to Grafton, IL. Next plans need to be a little more thought out on the safety side. A true Huck Finn!! Gotta give ‘ol Eric credit for even attempting to do this.
ANCHORAGE – TONIGHT ON THE” LITTLE RIVER DIVERSION CANAL”, JUST OFF THE MISSISSIPPI NEAR CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO. OCT. 23, 2016