Down the Mississippi

Just past the confluence of the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers, Dream Seeker is sailing within a fleet of Looper boats going south. We spent three days at Grafton Harbor Marina, with covered slips, where Denny bought and replaced the anchor and chain and we borrowed the marina’s car twice for provisioning.

Fifteen looper boats congregated at Grafton, and we reunited with Golden Daze and many others with whom we had lost track. The Marina found a place for us all to get together and we relieved our stress with laughter.

Monarch Butterflies are everywhere, from the Canadian waterways to the Mississippi. Some in flocks, some a few together and some alone, the black, brown orange and white butterflies are continually floating by us. They never hitch a ride  but they do ride the waves. We are both migrating south but the butterflies migrate to Mexico and we get off in Florida.

I treasure all your comments in response to my Blog.  I love opening my emails and reading you responses. Thank you all for your concern but we are enjoying the adventure. I am never frightened by these experiences but often frustrated by them. Denny is a good captain and the boat is sound. I enjoy writing about our exploits but also living them. As my daughter (a fellow adventurer) said to me, you can never have these things happen to you by sitting at home mom!





11 thoughts on “Down the Mississippi

  1. Those houses are on stilts for good reason…floods every spring….since you were in Grafton I take it you didn’t meet up with Chris.


  2. This is rather long, but thought you would like it.
    Just down the Mississippi from your location an historic event occurred on
    September 23, 1806
    213 Years Ago Today!

    It was on this day in 1806 that Meriwether Lewis and William Clark returned to St. Louis, Missouri, after a journey that had lasted almost two and a half years and covered 8,000 miles. Lewis, Clark, and their crew had traveled all the way to the Pacific Ocean and back, exploring the new territory that Thomas Jefferson had added to the nation through the Louisiana Purchase.

    Lewis and Clark each kept detailed journals (not blogs☺️) , which is why we know so much about their trip. During the expedition itself, however, they had very limited communication with anyone back home. They left St. Louis in the spring of 1804 and spent their first winter at an encampment on the Missouri River in what is now North Dakota. In May of 1805, they set off west from their encampment into unknown territory. They were worried that they wouldn’t survive and Jefferson would never receive any findings from the trip. So in April of 1805, they sent a large keelboat back down the river to St. Louis — accompanied by the least helpful of the expedition’s members. They included some private letters to friends and family, but mostly reports for Jefferson. They wrote extensively about the new plants, animals, landscapes, and people that they encountered. They were especially amazed by some of the animals — grizzly bears, antelope, and endless herds of buffalo. Along with descriptions, maps, weather data, accounting records, and journals, the keelboat included all sorts of objects. There were skeletons and skins, antlers, dried plants and rocks. There were Native American artifacts, including a cooking pot, a bow and arrows, corn, and a buffalo skin beautifully painted with a battle scene. And there were live animals: four magpies, a sharp-tailed grouse, and a prairie dog that the men had captured the summer before in South Dakota and kept alive in a cage for months. The keelboat traveled down the Missouri River to St. Louis, at which point everything was transferred to another boat and taken down the Mississippi to New Orleans, and from there put on a ship in the Gulf of Mexico and taken up to Washington, D.C. The reports and specimens reached Jefferson in August, by which point Lewis and Clark were at the present-day border of Idaho and Montana. It was the last news that anyone would hear of the expedition until their return to St. Louis.

    So when Lewis and Clark did return, everyone was astonished. Two days earlier they had arrived in St. Charles, Missouri; expedition member Sergeant John Ordway wrote in his journal: “Towards evening we arrived at St. Charles fired three rounds and Camped at the lower end of the Town. The people of the Town gathered on the bank and could hardly believe that it was us for they had heard and had believed that we were all dead and were forgotten.”

    When they returned to St. Louis on this day in 1806, Lewis wrote a letter to tell Jefferson the news; it took almost a month to reach the president. Lewis wrote: “It is with pleasure that I announce to you the safe arrival of myself and party … In obedience to your orders we have penetrated the Continent of North America to the Pacific Ocean, and sufficiently explored the interior of the country to affirm with confidence that we have discovered the most practicable rout which dose exist across the continent by means of the navigable branches of the Missouri and Columbia Rivers.”

    After some time in St. Louis, the explorers made their way eastward. They stopped at the home of Clark’s sister in Louisville, where the citizens threw a banquet and bonfire in their honor. Lewis continued on to Monticello, Jefferson’s home in Virginia, to report on the expedition. In late October, Jefferson wrote to Lewis: “I received, my dear sir, with unspeakable joy your letter of Sep. 23 announcing the return of yourself, Capt. Clarke & your party in good health to St. Louis. The unknown scenes in which you were engaged, & the length of time without hearing of you had begun to be felt awfully. Your letter having been 31 days coming, this cannot find you at Louisville & I therefore think it safe to lodge it at Charlottesville. Its only object is to assure you of what you already know my constant affection for you & the joy with which all your friends here will receive you.”


  3. Wow, wow, wow, and More WOW – loving the tale, glad to hear you are in fact loving the adventure. My hat is off to you and Denny. Cheers !!!


  4. You are an adventurer! Glad you got everything back in order, I’m sure Denny is happy! Can’t wait for you to arrive home, miss you! It won’t be as exciting here!! 😘


  5. Wow 😯 that’s terrible that you had to lose all that chain and anchor too. Need to know more about that. How did you run aground in the channel? Your postings are great. Just enough color to make me feel I’m there with you while sharing your account of what you’re trying to deal with. Im sure there’s a book in your future Stay safe Terry

    Sent from my iPhone



  6. Glad you got a new anchor and chain! That’s great!
    Your Valerie is a smart lady! She is so right! So keep on having fun and enjoy your adventures 😊😊😘😘😘😘😘😘


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