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World's tallest man, Robert Wadlow and site of the Lincoln-Douglas on October 15, 1858.
In Hannibal I took a tour with Mark Twain along with Mary Kay.
We went out to the Field of Dreams location, which has become a very big tourist attraction. Here's the farm house and a shot from the bleaches on the first base side. Another shot in a bit different direction, but with MKK at lower right. Yet another shot of one of the ghost players (well, not really, but he was there when they made the movie),.
On the way back I got this old barn, and then a mural on a buildingin Dubuque. Finally, back on board and going through a lock whee lots of cormorants collected.
Lots of barges, as I may have mentioned. Here is most of one entering the lock we were leaving. Saw a number of eagles, with more to come. Lots of egrets along the way, too..
And, finally, we are getting into Fall color. More Fall color. and more eagles. And, another cooperative eagle.
Interesting picture of "boat houses" and "house boats" A boat house is a house anchored by vertical pylons and floating on a fairly large number of plastic 50 gallon drums. A house boat is actually a boat that functions as a house. The one left of center is the house boat, the others are boat houses. Apparently boat houses don't have to pay real estate taxes since they have no real estate.
More eagles and fall colors. Here is a pair of eagles. Then a eagle. Now morer fall color, followed by an eagle and color.
A little different, here is fall color and a barge. Then a tug boat - yeh I know it's pushing, but that's what they call it. Another bald eagle. Yeh, they are all bald eagles. Here's a pair the Captain knows personally as George and Gracie.. A little different, a house and fall color.
Now, some eagles:
FYI. If you pay any attention fo filenames, the ones ending in "m" are simply resized from 4608x3456 pixels to 1000x750. Those encing ic "cm" have first been cropped. That would give you a hint at how much magnification was used (up to 16 or more) sometimes.
Then it was off to St. Paul. Along the way we saw this Frank LLoyd Wright house, actully a fiinancil office) near St. Paul, Our first stop was at Minnehaha Falls. Guess who was at Minnehaha Falls. Now, Amelia with Hiawatha and Minehaha. Then it was off for old house in St. Paul. Lots of mansions. Here is Landmark Center, It was the Federal Court building, among other things. Then we swung by the Minnesota State Capital building. Charles Schultz was born in St. Paul, and they were having an exhibit at a museum there.
Here's our group at the last d inner onboard. The best until last, here is one of the available desserts..
All in all, a great trip and I'd recommend the All-American (built, and crewed) American Cruise Lines. The American Seranade has a capacity of 180, but there were only about 120 onboard with us. We were in cabin 312.