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You Never Know What You Will See

On The River

A page dedicated to all of the unusual things a person might see on the river !

 

Sean Campbell

Mississippi River Traveler

Headed To Brazil

At Grafton Harbor, Pool 26 of the Mississippi River

 

 

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The Pictures of the Day.... were sent to us by Mary Tiemann who hails out of Camp Carl on Wilson Road Slough in the boat.... "Proud Mary"

 

Bill,


Met this guy, Sean Campbell, at Grafton Harbor, he is on a journey down the Mississippi River and eventually to Brazil from Milwaukee Wisconsin. 

 

Sean is only 23 yrs old and has a group page Sean's Shenanigans.

 

I only had 1 sticker (my bad) but gave him a RiverBills fan too --
 

Mary

Proud Mary

 

 

Posted 09-21-18

Just Never Know What You Will See On The River

Wanna Race.. Call 702-Bat-Boat

REINOL POWERBOATS

 

 

 

 

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Spotted this rig at Woodland Marina yesterday afternoon ! I believe the driver's name is Rick and he was getting ready to take this rig to Cincinnati and then on to New Jersey for the races.

 

The cool thing about it is that you can rent the boat and drive it

 

Check them out

www.BoatRacingExperience.com

 

Posted 08-10-18

 

Never Know What You Will See On The River

The LST325

Passing the American Queen

Moored at the Loading Dock

Pool 26 of the Mississippi River at Grafton, IL

 

 

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The Pictures of the Day ..... were sent to us by Capt'n Bill Hunt

 

 

Bill,


I was fortunate enough to be on the deck when the 325 LST Memorial ship was passing the American Queen parked at the Loading Dock in Grafton on 9/5/18.

Bill Hunt
Grafton

 

Posted 08-13-18

 

You Never Know What You Will See

On The River

 

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The Picture of the Day..... was sent to us by Capt'n Todd Sutherland

 

Hi Bill,

Sunday afternoon we saw this! I believe it was a recliner attached to a pair of 55 gallon drums being pulled by a jet ski! You never know what you will see on the river!

Todd Sutherland

 

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08-13-18

 

You Never Know What You Will See

On The River

Driftwood Dragon + More

 

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The mosquito repellant buy Davidson

 

 

 

The Video and Pictures of the Day..... were sent to us by Capt'n Tim Davidson

 

Happened on

Some Sandbar

on Pool 26 of the Mississippi River

 

08-13-18

 

You Never Know What You Will See

On The River

Cedar Hill Resort

One Mile Below Winfield Dam

Pool 26 0f the Mississippi River

 

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The Picture of the Day..... was sent to us by Capt'n Carl Tiemann who hails out of Camp Carl on Wilson Road Slough in St. Charles County, Mo

 

 

Hi Bill,

The Dune Buggy Club came to Cedar Hill today (8-12-18)

Carl

 

 

You Never Know What You Will See

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My River Home Boat Harbor and Resort

Pool 26 of the Mississippi River

Posted 07-29-18

 

 

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The Picture of the Day..... was sent to us by Becky Dallwitz

 

 

Rob Wehemer building up the dike protecting the courtesy docks at Driftwood.

 

Becky says...

Saturday is going to be a great day for the Poker Run

 

 

You Never Know What You Will See

On The River

 

Meramec Marina Motto

Posted 07-29-18

 

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The Picture of the Day..... was sent to us by Capt'n Darryll Weil

 

Bill:
Shared this pic from a friend of mine on your facebook group and thought you might like it. Here's what I posted.

Darryll


Growing up in Fenton MO on the Meramec River I had the great pleasure seeing friends of ours build this marina and think they have one of the best mottoes ever when it comes to boating.
 

Check out Meramec Marina's Facebook Page

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Joe the River Rat

and his

Solar Powered Electric Canoe!

Posted 07-29-18

 

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The Picture of the Day..... was sent to us by Claudia Burris who hails out of Hoppies Marina in Kimmswick, Mo

 

Hi Bill,

I met “Joe the River Rat” today in his solar powered electric canoe! He traveled about 1,300 miles so far from the headwaters of the Mississippi to Hoppies and will stop at Haiti, Mo., so he can go to Burning Man in Nevada. An interesting fellow!


Claudia Burris
Hoppies Marina Correspondent

 

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Sea Planes on 521

Pool 26 of the Mississippi River

Posted 07-23-18

 

 

 

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The Pictures of the Day .... were sent to us by Capt'n Tom Marstall

 

Bill,

You never know what you will see on the river...this is from Friday 7/20/18, the pilot dropped off a photographer to take promotional pictures from our beach 521...

 

Tom

 

 

LCM-8 Landing Craft

Alton Dam

Posted  4-5-18 & 4-6-18

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The Picture of the Day... was taken last Sunday on the lower side of Alton Lock and Dam. 

 

Something you don't see on the river every day.  A work boat with a bow ramp that looks a lot like a WWII landing craft.

It was moored on the lower side of the Alton Dam next to some barges loaded  with lock gates

 

April 06, 2018 Update:

Bill,
Saw your picture of the day today. As a Lock Operator at Mel Price I thought I might offer some clarification. The pictured boat is a LCM-8 commonly called a mike boat. It is a landing craft used by the Navy and army in Viet Nam and later operations. The corps acquired it from the navy and we do use it for operations around the locks.

Scott Longar

 

RiverBill says... Thanks so much for the information Scott

 

Click here to read more about the LCM-8 on Wikipedia

Friday Afternoon

My River Home Boat Harbor & Resort

Pool 26 of the Mississippi River

Posted 3-31-18

 

 

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The Pictures of the Day... were sent to Andy Dallwitz of My River Home Boat Harbor & Resort

 

 

Bill,


Alex and Rob just raised an old steel hull Chris Craft that came with the marina. She had been underneath a dock finger since the Rat Run. The guys got her up after working two days using four 3" pumps and two 2" pumps.

 

Andy Dallwaitz

My River Home Boat Harbor & Resort

 

You Never Know What You Will See

On The River

Posted 10-21-17

Cool Plane

 

 

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The Pictures of the Day.... were sent to us by Capt'n Brad Maher

 


RiverBill,

Went out on River Wednesday 10-18-17 to watch the sunset then on Thursday saw a cool plane flying low almost right over me.

Brad Maher
Alton Motorboat Club

 

You Never Know What You Will See

On The River

Posted 10-16-17

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The Picture of the Day.... was posted in RiverBills Boater's Group by Tim Davidson !

 

Got it lit up again

 

 

 

Dog walking RiverBills style

Posted 09-18-17

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The Picture of the Day....  was sent to us by Capt'n Calvin Case who hails out of Harbor Point yacht Club

 

 

Hi Bill,

It's amazing what floats by sometimes. Dog walking Harbor Point YC style Sunday 9/17/18

 

Calvin
 

 

Glass brings Fast

Posted 08-16-17
 

 

 

 

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The Pictures of the Day....were sent to us by Ramjet who lives aboard at the Woodland Marina

 

 

Hi Bill,
 

Tuesday night on Toenail.

Thought I was not going to make it out but I'm glad I did.

A classy beautiful Jet Boat And a boat made out out of balsa wood!

As always a bonus Sunset.

 

Ramjet

 

Picture of the Day

Posted 08-31-16

 

Early Saturday Morning on Dardenne Slough

 

 

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VIDEOS

 

 

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The Pictures of the Day ........ were sent to us by Little John's Motorsports

 

DID ANYONE HERE ANYTHING LOUD ON THE RIVER SAT???

I GUESS WE WERE AT THE WRONG SHOOT OUT

128 MPH in a QUARTER MILE

 

 

Picture of the Day

Posted 08-04-16

 

Your Are Not Going To Believe This

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Pictures of The Day..... were sent to us by Capt'n Tim Crawford

 

July 12th Lori was searching thru the water at the small island by Portage Island which we call "Stop N Spot" when she yelled out, "I think I found a ring". It was so encrusted in a black hard substance that it was hardly recognizable as a ring. After much cleaning we saw it was a class ring from Hotchkiss school in Connecticut, and was engraved DRT 77. Lori contacted the school and they found a match. They put her in contact with David Townsend of Michigan. He was shocked to say the least. He told Lori he was at that small island water skiing, took his new class ring off and set it on his towel on the island for safe keeping. Upon returning to the island he grabbed the towel to dry off, forgot about the ring and it flew into the river. That was 37 years ago!
David told Lori that he and his friends were very upset about the loss. His mother had given him the ring for graduation. She passed away 3 days before Lori found the ring. The ring is now reunited with its owner and David is going to send a donation to Border Collie Rescue, Lori's favorite charity.


Capt Tim Crawford

 

 

RiverBill says... What a story !  Thanks for sharing it with us.

 

Video of the Day

Posted 07-26-16

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Barges Break Free

at Winfield Lock and Dam

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The screen rotates right after the start.  We can't control that part of the video

 

 

Video of The Day..... 

 

Hey Bill,

 

Though you might like this video of some barges trying to take out our boat Sunday morning just below the Winfield lock and dam. Doesn't get much closer than this.

Have a great day
Adam Williams

 

Picture of the Day

Posted 10-27-15

 

Float Plane

 

 

RiverBills Picture of the Day.... was sent to us by Capt'n Mike Stanczak who hails out of Lake Center Marina in the pontoon boat....... 'Lil Mo Fo'

 

Hey Bill,

 

Here is a photo I took of a sea plane while I was out at the Thursday night party. I still hale out of Lake Center Marina but now have a 14' Pontoon 'Lil Mo Fo'.

 

Thanks

Mike Stanczak

 

Picture of the Day

Posted 10-22-15

River Patrol

 

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The Picture of The Day ......was sent to us by Captain Riverjon

 

Bill ,


River patrol taken by near West Alton

 

Capt Riverjon


 

 

Picture of the Day

Posted 07-10-15

 

Never Know What You Will See on the River

 

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The Picture of the Day.... was sent to us by Sherri Stanczak

 

Hey Bill,

 

A couple years ago when Mike and I were on the beach we saw a guy with his pet tiger. Thought I'd share a photo with ya. Have a great day!

Sherri

 

Picture of the Day

Posted 07-09-15

 

Floating on the

Dardenne Slough/Mississippi

 

 

Tim

 

Ricky

 

Tim and Ricky

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The Pictures of the Day.... were sent to us by Christa Leone who hails out of Woodland Marina

 

Bill,


Went for a "hot lap" on the river Sunday afternoon & came upon this floating tree above Lake Center. Boys being boys & it being Tim Satchwell's birthday...he & Rick Phillips decided to jump on & go for a ride, Huck Finn style. They made it down to Grafton before us girls squashed their fun. Just goes to show you never know what you will see on the river!

 

Christa
 

 

Picture of the Day

Posted 05-01-16

Low Flying

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Picture of the Day...  was sent to us by Mark Bellanca from O'Fallon, Mo.

 

Hi Bill.

 

I guess this is how you enjoy the river if your boat has wings. I saw this on Sunday in the cedar hill area.

 

Mark


 

Picture of the Day

Posted 04-14-15

 

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RiverBills Picture of the Day .... was sent to us by Little Johns Marine Service.

 

A picture from the past and something you just don't see everyday... 

 

A cruiser pulling seven water skiers.

 

 

04-24-15 update

Hi Bill,

You forgot to mention the boat's and captain's name, they are:

 

Zoe' and Byron "Greek" Smyrniotis
 

Thanks

Byron Smyrniotis

 

RiverBill says... Thanks for the email Byron

Picture of the Day

Posted 03-11-15

 

Paddling From the Gulf of Mexico to the Arctic Ocean

 

 

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Yesteryears Picture of the Day in 2015.....  Were sent to us by Dave McMahan
 

Bill and friends of pool 26,

 

We met these 6 young men who are paddling from the Gulf to the Arctic Ocean. They stopped at Sherwood Harbor, had some beers and good times.

 

Jarred, Adam, Luke, Winchell, Dan, and John.

 

Great young men that work helping troubled youths and took time off to go up the great Mississippi River. They are pulling out tomorrow morning.

 

Thanks,

Dave, Sue, Jim, Dorothy, and Tommy

 

 

RiveBill says....  The guys continued paddling north up the Mississippi River and various other rivers and lakes of the United State and Canada finally arriving on the shores of the Arctic Ocean in September 2015.   They paddled 5200 miles, 244 days.

 

Check it out.....     http://www.rediscoverna.com/

 

  PICTURE OF THE DAY

Posted 09-30-2010

 

 

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The Picture of the Day ...... was from Mike Kolisch of the boat.... COOL BREEZE

 

 

Tuesday afternoon my wife Joan and I were enjoying Enterprise Island when this yellow sea plane landed and pulled up to the beach. A very nice man got out and started cleaning off the pontoons and polishing up plane it was a pretty cool site.

 

Mike Kolisch

COOL BREEZE

 

 Picture of the Day

Posted 08-20-08

 

  

 

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River Pictures of the Day.......... were sent in by Debbie House of Riverbend Marina.

 

 

Bill,

The USS LST 325 (Second World War) came by our place tonight. Here are some pics.

 

Debbie House
RiverBend Marina

Picture of the Day

Posted 07-02-15

 

50 MPH in a Drainage Ditch

 

 

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The Pictures of the Day.... were sent to us by Capt'n Carl Tiemann who hails out of Camp Carl

 

Carl wrote:

10 feet away from the road and 50 miles per hour !

(In a Drainage Ditch)

 

 

 Shout out from Pool 25

Posted 09-09-15

 

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The Picture of the Day.... was sent to us by Capt'n Bryon Schuttenberg.

 

 

Hi Bill,

 

Shout out from pool 25, got some pretty funny looks this weekend when I was out riding my home made pirate raft made out of 5 gallon buckets!

 

Brian

 

 

Picture of the Day

Posted 10-22-15

 

River Patrol

 

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RiverBills Picture of the Day ......  was sent to us by Captain Riverjon

 

Bill ,


River patrol taken by near West Alton

 

Capt Riverjon


 

Picture of the day

Posted 04-25-13

 

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The picture of the day in 2013....  was sent to us by Monica Jeanis with the caption.....

 

Lowell's Motor Boat

 

Picture of the Day

Posted 01-06-12

 

Route 66 Road Art on

Chain of Rocks Bridge

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Picture of the Day ... is a photo of some Route 66 Road Art on the Old Chain of Rocks Bridge.   Notice the top of the St. Louis water intake, from yesterday's pic of the day, in the distance.

Photo by RiverBill

Chillin in Negril

 

 

PICTURE OF THE DAY

Posted 12-28-10

 

From 1983

 

 

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The Pictures of the Day ....  were sent to us by Capt'n Bill Mixon

 

 

Bill - over Christmas we were going through old photo albums.

Here are pictures of Little John (winter 1983) trying to break ice so we
could go for a boat ride on the Free Spirit.

Didn't quite make it. But the effort showed valor and determination.

You just gotta love river rats.

Happy Holidays to you and all your readers

Bill & Linda Mixon

Mixon Insurance

 

Picture of the Day

 

The M.V. Pickett Hastings

Posted 12-03-09

 

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The Picture of the Day ...  is a shot of a very unique looking motor vessel named the  Pickett Hastings traveling up-river in front of the bluffs on October 4th, 2009.

 

A search of the internet showed that the owner is Capt'n Ike Hastings who is 85 years old and this is his 49th or 50th boat.  It was named for a family member who served in the Civil War. The building of the boat took about three years.... some of the spec's are listed below.

 

Ike also built an amphibious air plane that is hoisted on to the front deck of the Pickett between flights and according to the American Sternwheel Association, this sternwheeler is the only aircraft carrier in its registry.

 

Ike fought in World War II and then was a teacher for 30 years.  Now he travels the rivers.

 

Owner ............ Ike Hastings of , Freeport, IL

Home Port...... Savannah, IL or Dubuque, IA depending on the captain's mood.

Hull Size......... 98 ft. long, 16 ft. wide, 14 inch draft

Hull Material.... Aluminum, 5/16 and 3/8 thick

Engine............ Electr. 5.9 turbo Cummins diesel

 

Click here for more information from AmericanSternwheel.org

 

Click here for a picture of the Pickett Hastings in Dick's Riverboat Gallery

 

Click here for a picture of the captain in La Crosse, WI.

 

 

 

Pictures of the Day

Posted 07-01-08

 

Water Skiing in a Drainage Ditch

The Stuff Urban Legends Are Made Of

 

 

  

 

   

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The River Pictures and e-mail of Day ..... 

 

Bill,
Some pictures of what happens when boaters can't go boating. Skiing in a flooded agricultural ditch can be a lot of fun it is also dangerous. I can't make any comments to these pictures in order to protect the guilty.

 

Thanks for the great site and keeping us all up to date on the flood.

Fred


 

Posted 08-20-2007

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Our Picture and e-mail of the Day ...  is from Capt'n Darryll Weil who hails out of the Yacht Club of St. Louis in the cruiser  "After You"

Yellow Submarine

 

Bill:
Don't know if you have seen or heard of it yet but Trivia King Trout has a Yellow Submarine in his yard! Guess it is some sort of Beatles tribute? 

   You can see it as you come into Woodland Marina from the first entrance.
Darryll

Pictures of the Day

Posted 08-22-08

 

A Place You Never Want

 To See Your Boat

 

 

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River Picture of the Day in 2007 ...... was from Pat Riley, of Pat Riley Marine Services fame and also a St. Charles County Sheriff.  Pat sent us a picture of a a boat that was in the ditch on in St. Charles County.

 


  
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Pictures of the Day

Posted 07-31-07

 

 

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Our River Pictures of the Day....... are from Joel.  He seen some strange looking boats on a trip to Minnesota and sent us some pictures..

 

Bill,

  Hello, my name is Joel and these are pictures I took on my trip up to Iowa to look at a boat.  

   Happened to come across these and I thought you would like to see.

   After talking to them they said they were from Minnesota and all were headed down to New Orleans.  There was a total of 4 boats but only saw 3.

   Well here you go,  its a site to see and the last one is made out of a skate board half pipe.   I got a huge kick out of it along with the rest of my family that was with me.

Joel

 

RiverBill says...Thanks for the pictures Joel.

                       Lets watch for these boats as they pass through our area.    

Picture of the Day

Posted 07-09-07

 

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Picture of the Day----  was a of a ramper' at Eagles Landing that decided to take his car for a boat ride !!!!

Johnny Patrico @ Eagles Landing Marina 


 

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Picture of the Day

Posted 03-13-06

 

Another River Bill

Our River Picture and Story of the Day .... was sent in by Captain Greg Sadowski, out of Woodland Marina.  It is a good story about another River Bill.  

 

Greg wrote in his e-mail: 

 

CAN YOU FIND THE RIVER DAWG IN THIS PICTURE ?

   I took this picture in September of 2004, That's Before I met River Bill !!  

   Taken by the gas dock at Mud Island Marina - Memphis, Tennessee.  Mark Krull, Dolph Kraus, and I were on our way to Miami on the "Miami Magic".   This boater was on his way to Key West from Minnesota, and this was not his first time making the trip. (Different Boats).  He told us that he went by the name "River Bill".  Bill had lost an outboard motor in the Alton pool, hitting a large submerged log.  Grafton is where he replaced it with the one you see in the picture. 

   He rescued this puppy on its way to the dog pound, to become a river dog. This was just a few days earlier in the town of Caruthersville, MO.  I asked, What's the dog's name. He didn't have one yet. I suggested "Skipper".  He liked it and said That'll be his name.

True Story,

Greg Sadowski

Anyone out there have more info on this other River Bill? I'd like to hear about it. 

 

 

Picture of the Day

Posted 02-20-06

 

Harbor buildings

being moved to Grafton Harbor

 

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The Pictures on this Day..... Were sent to us by Lynne Adams.

 

The pictures are of the floating harbor buildings being moved up the Illinois River from their construction site into Grafton Harbor.

 

The second picture is practically neat because there seems to be eagles flying in the background. 

 

 

 Picture of the day

Posted 02-02-07

Murrell

 

Safety Diver In

 

Plungers Ready ....Oh it's cold out here!

 

Plungers In !

Oh...It's colder in here

 

Plungers Out !

Now it's really cold !

 

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Pictures of the Day in 2007.... are from last weekends Polar Plunge that took place on the Louisiana Riverfront. Eight of us from St. Louis took a "river road trip" up Louisiana, Mo. in Capt'n Jack's suburban to witness the event. Made a few stops along the way and met a lot of new river.

 

Posted 08-30-05

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The River Picture on the Day  ---- was sent in by Jeri Behnke, who hails out of Two Branch Marina. 

 

Jeri wrote in her e-mail:

 

  Thought you would like this picture form Sunday morning at Hat Island. I believe his name is Jim from Old Monroe. He landed on the beach....hung out for a little while.... and took off. It was really neat.

Jeri

 

 Picture of the day

Posted 07-07-05

 

 

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Picture of the Day in 2005.... were sent by Captain Ron Meier.

Ron took this picture as the Love Bug was motoring through Mason Chute.

 

Picture of the Day

Posted 07-06-05

 

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Picture of the Day

 

 A picture of Herbie.....the Love Bug,  rolling on the Mississippi River.  The pic was sent in by Kathleen Tackett and Eric Williams of Portage Des Sioux.  Kathleen wrote that this was the talk of the river last weekend among their group of "Riverizers".  Their river crew spends a lot of time at the sand bar beach across from Sherwood Harbor that they have named Willaimsburg !    


 

Picture of the Day

Posted 10-26-04

A Fly Under

 

Picture of the Day -------- is of a helicopter --- flying under Eads Bridge on 27 July 1983. 

   

   This picture was sent in by Capt'n Greg Moore

  


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