Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Check that off the bucket list

One of the things I have always wanted to do was to cruse on a riverboat.  I'm not sure why, I just wanted that experience.  There aren't too many riverboats in Idaho, so this goal wasn't likely to be achieved until we moved.  Yesterday we celebrated Memorial Day with a sightseeing cruise up and down the Missouri River.
We traveled on the River City Star.  It looks like a steamboat of old, but is really jet engine powered.
We got up close to this old railroad bridge.
Saw a different view of the downtown skyline.
All along the river you can see evidence of last year's flooding.  It is amazing to see how much higher the water level was compared to where it is currently.
 This statue became one of the measurements for the flooding.  The standing figures are about 8 feet tall.  At the highest point, the figure on the left had only the hammer sticking up out of the water.
You can see the devastation along the river's edge.  Who knew there was so much sand that traveled downriver?  It was unreal to see the areas that have turned into beaches rather than inlets.
And then it was back to port and we were on dry land once again.

Now I can check a riverboat cruise off my bucket list.  I'd say that was a good day. :)

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