Homegrown Sweetcorn

It is that time of year and I think this year’s crop is one of the best.

Clinton Showboat

The Clinton summer theatre troupe puts on musicals here at the Showboat, which is actually a paddlewheeler sitting on shore.  It is a nice summer evening adventure:


The leaves all fell off in one week


The backyard as seen from the deck above.


I am going to have to shovel this deck with a snow shovel.


But we can see the Mississippi River from our deck and living room again.

Autumn 2009 Market Days in Leclaire Iowa

Come visit our many fine merchants this weekend, and do some shopping and just hanging out:


Tugfest is coming

Hey, get in the groove….



MetLife blimp arrives for John Deere Classic

The Metlife blimp got here a couple of days early and it was such a beautiful day, the pilots must have said, “I will see enough golf, let’s head for the river.”  I took this shot from our boat late Sunday afternoon.


Check out the John Deere Classic, I bet the blimp will be there.


Millenium Park Chicago

I made a visit to Chicago for work and was high up in the old Prudential Building (used to be the first skyscraper in town), and now just a creaky building.  But I got some good pictures of the park, the skyline, Soldiers Field.  We could even see down to the Indiana shore.



The Adler Planetarium out on the end of the peninsula and the Shedd Aquarium, and the boat harbor.


Field Natural History Museum, Soldier Field and McCormick Place, plus Buckingham Fountain.

Well, it is about 170 miles east of pool 14, but does Lake Michigan count.

Dry Stacks (Grace Marine) Le Claire Iowa

We took our first boat ride of the season last night.   Temperature in the 70’s, a bit windy and therefore choppy.  But it calmed down as the evening went on.  This year we are keeping our 18 foot bowrider at Dry Stacks.  They had the boat down off the top rack when we arrived and put it away for us when came back about 7:30.  Way to go guys!  Memorial day weekend party there on Saturday night.  The marina bulls cart the boats around.  Ours is on the top rack of a covered rack, but kept outside.

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Obviously, the Holiday Inn Express in LeClaire is right there also.  Go out on boat, too much to drink, head to the motel….just don’t drive the boat while imbibing.

Kim was very happy with her first boat ride of the season.

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Interesting houses on Canal Shore Le Claire

Here is an interesting one.  Through the grapevine I have heard it has been owned by one family for a long time, and the most current owners have rehabbed it.  Based on the outside, they did a really nice job.  I have also heard it was part of the Underground Railroad.


More Mississippi River Backwaters

Some more pictures:





Note the flood gate which controls the water levels in the different pools.  The muskrat lodge is in this pool, just on the other side of the tree on the left.