|Floating Down the Mississippi|
Helen and I went to Galena, Illinois [to discover a lot of the shops are closed Mondays and Tuesdays], and then on to the Port of Dubuque where we visited the recently renovated river museum and aquarium. As we were purchasing tickets the girl at the desk said, "$36 please". I inquired about a military discount and she said they had one for active duty, and asked if I was active duty. I was flattered to think that she thought this old fat fart was still on active duty, but I told her, "No, but that I did 30 years of active duty".
"Oh my...", she said, paused and then continued, "It's a stupid rule - $12 please."
"Are you sure?"
"Yep...enjoy the museum."
I will say she was the highlight of the day. We watched the 4D Film on Sharks and that was, well, interesting. Oh - what is the 4th D? You feel it - when the sharks get close, in addition to the 3D effect - the seat wiggled and water sprinkled...!! I do wish they had forewarned me BEFOREHAND as I had a camera in hand and didn't appreciate getting it wet. Helen threw her body over the camera to protect it, so all was well. [I'm kidding about Helen throwing her body...]
Boy - did I digress from the photo - the couple pictured is floating down the Mississippi on the "Riff-Raft" and canoes. They stop along the way to explore, camp and meet people. Their craft doesn't look very river worthy, but they seemed determined.