Cub Scouts in the Engine Room.

Cub Scouts in the Engine Room.

Another look on the bright side…

Today we had aboard a well-dressed group of visitors – a group of local Cub Scouts. We’ve also had school groups come aboard.

I’ll admit, at first I was terrified of the kids. During our cruising, we never had large numbers of them at a time. But it is so rewarding to see these kids get fascinated by the boat and really interested in the stories of the river’s history.

Cub Scouts on the Grand Staircase.

Cub Scouts on the Grand Staircase.

I think one of the great benefits to the community is the opportunity for school and community groups to come aboard the Delta Queen and learn the story of its history and its role in the steamboat era that changed this country so dramatically.

With the ever-increasing Homeland Security measures, while we were cruising no visitors were allowed aboard, only passengers who could afford the fare of thousands of dollars each week. Now anyone can come aboard, experience this treasure, and learn from its story. The Delta Queen will be more accessible to the public than ever before. I wish they could all experience her underway, cruising along a beautiful stretch of river, watching the blue herons glide from limb to log.

I think often of this boat as an old lady, a revered grandmother. Like our senior citizens, even though they physically may not be able to do everything they once could, they still have so much to share and so much to teach those of us that follow. I am grateful that the Delta Queen still has that opportunity as well.

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