Wednesday, October 29th, 2008

I gave my final presentation this morning and my heart was heavy.

Passengers drifted ashore to learn more about the fault beneath us and the incredible earthquake centered here back in 1811-1812 which included more than 2,000 aftershocks over a four month stretch. Several were strong enough to be felt hundreds of miles away.

I wanted every precious moment with this wonderful boat and didn’t even step ashore.

Entertainers Traci Vaughn and Fred Bishop.

Entertainers Traci Vaughn and Fred Bishop.

Captain’s Dinner Show
Traci Vaughn and Fred Bishop are delightful entertainers. I have enjoyed their talents and their friendship for many years. They put on a terrific show to wrap up their steamboat performances. I will always be thankful that I worked for a decade in a place where every night I could attend a wonderful show by some of the best entertainers around. What a collection of talent these boats have employed over the years. It has been my true delight!


Kite madness!

Kite madness!

Passenger (and passionate steamboat enthusiast) David Dewey acquired some kites and kindly offered them up for anyone interested. As you can tell from the photo of David wrestling with his, some efforts were more successful than others.

Later that evening, steaming down the river, I took an abandoned kite, made a few strategic modifications and successfully got it aloft. We used to have kite-flying as an activity and gave out logo Delta Queen Steamboat Company kites. Standing back there alone, bundled up against the cold, flying my kite, watching the sun set, I also floated away on a windfall of memories…


Entertainers Traci Vaughn and Fred Bishop.

The Kite Master.

Like the time about 30 guests had kites flying off the back of the boat when someone turned back toward the front and noticed a bridge approaching. Some scurried to real theirs in as others just shrugged in giggling defeat. The kites hit the bridge, slid underneath and 90 percent of them successfully popped out the other side as if the bridge were a mere inconvenience.