Tuesday, April 19, 2005

Rollin' On The River

Styx  : Come Sail Away; The Styx Anthology  : 'Come Sail Away'  <----Click

This afternoon on my drive to meet my step-mom Rita for lunch, I was treated to a wonderful sight.  I have been waiting for weeks for this, and today I was rewarded.  Every Tuesday, the steam boat Queen of the West docks at the Port of Clarkston on her journey from Portland along the Columbia and  Snake Rivers. 

Steam boats play a significant role in Lewiston's history.  Before the railroads made it to Lewiston in 1898, it was the steam boats that delivered needed supplies and mail.  But the steam boats of those days were not always reliable, and rarely kept to a schedule.

As they say, you've come a long way, baby!

Is she not a beautiful sight?  I really wanted to get some up close shots, but the lack of a ticket prevented me from accessing the dock.  :( 

I had a few minutes to spare, so I jumped at the chance.  For weeks I've been wanting to get some photos of her, but I always forgot my camera.  Then the locks down river were closed for a couple of weeks...and so I waited.  But I was all smiles today.  Every time I see her it takes me back to my high school days, and I remember reading The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain.  Seeing this boat now, well, she just has that affect on me.

I've actually entertained the idea of taking this cruise, even though I've already seen most of the scenery (not all of it, but most of it).  But one look at the cost put that thought right out of my head.  I thought the cruise to Alaska was spendy...oh no.  Compared to this cruise, it was a bargain, all things considered.

You know, when you see signs like these, it just makes you wonder.  Did sneaking livestock onboard become a problem?  Guess you just can't trust those skateboarding sheep.  And watch out for those horses and bicycles...they can be a dangerous combination (this I know, first hand).   ;)

Welcome to the wild, wild West!!!


sarajanesmiles said...

I was thinking 'Hubkleberry Fin' when I saw the photo!!  Isn't she beautiful!!  Excellent photo's, that's something I'd like to see for real :o)
Sara   x

robinngabster said...

Great photos! Love it!

mkolasa101 said...

What wonderful pictures of the Steamboat.  So colorful and detailed.  Appreciate the little trip we got to take with you there too.  A trip on this boat I believe would be fun.  Is it a gambling boat? No? Drats.


gwatcdr said...

I wish you had been on the boat but you got some great pics anyway.  Nicki

gaboatman said...

Now THAT'S a boat!  Great PICS.  Thanks for sharing!  I've been a reader of your's for sometime and always enjoy your entires!  Come visit me if you have a chance.

ryanagi said...

Funny...I have the same reaction when I see river boats. Huck Finn and Tom Sawyer. LOL Thanks for stopping by my journal! :-)  -Becky

boiseladie said...

Wow!  I didn't know we had steam boats in Idaho!  I would love to see, even cruise, a steam boat.  Great photos.

eynl said...

The pictures of this steam boat are beautiful with the setting and all!
Thanks for visiting my journal.

lindainspokane said...

these are the most gorgeous pictures...i didnt know that idaho had a river boat either...id love to know where its located and how much it actually is..bo's parents are coming from CT in june and we are trying to think of fun things to do....can u please email me with a little more info...thanks so much!! and again AWESOME pictures!!


fasttrack58 said...

Looks just like a postcard. Great pictures!!