Illinois River Part 2

2 Aug


We snuck out of harbor early again this morning and said goodbye to Peoria…


There was no sleeping in today — both the river gods and the weather gods were conspiring against us. 

The river gods (also known as the Army Corps of Engineers) notified us ‘mariners’ that the river level was supposed to drop a couple of feet over the course of the day (those engineering-types do like to fiddle with things, don’t they).  Well, dropping the water level in the river isn’t that big a deal for us.  However, the level will also drop in the marina and the approach channel to the marina. 

You see, Bushranger needs at least four feet of water to float and the depth monitor was showing between four and five feet when we entered the approach channel to the marina.  When we docked, Boyd measured the depth of the water in Bushranger’s slip and noted that it was JUST above four feet.  So, if they dropped the level AT ALL we would be sitting on the mud.

Of course, the weather gods couldn’t resist making things even more interesting.  They threw a smattering of red blobs (also known as thunderstorms) on the weather maps.  These blobs were hovering just to the west of where we wanted to go.

So, we had an early start to beat the water drop and the blob movement.

…I could almost hear those gods snickering as we stumbled out of bed at ‘o-dark-thirty’ this morning…

Anyway, to make a long story short, the water level was fine and the thunderstorms must have evaporated because the journey was smooth as silk. 

Of course, we did run into the occasional traffic jam with the barges…



…and we actually slid right past a lock that ‘had its wicket lowered’ (some locks can lower the dividing wall when the water level of the river is the same on both sides…


…and we saw six bald eagles…


bald eagle

…and a couple of golden eagles…

golden eagle

…until we finally arrived at the Tall Timbers Marina in Havana Illinois…



…these two blue-topped buildings are floating ‘powder-rooms’…



…and this is what they look like from the front…

This marina is adorable!  The manager, Bob, is a gem and his marina looks like it would have inspired Walt Disney. I LOVE it!

P.S. Tall Timbers: t/8, s/8

14 Responses to “Illinois River Part 2”

  1. Paul K August 2, 2016 at 19:30 #

    Great photos. Thank you

    • MrsB August 2, 2016 at 19:57 #

      Thank Paul!

  2. ralietravels August 2, 2016 at 19:32 #

    Just came across your blog. What a great trip! Have you read “River Horse” about William Least Heat Moon’s boat trip [and portages] across the U.S.?

    • MrsB August 3, 2016 at 11:05 #

      No I haven’t! Do I need to make a trip to the library and check it out?

  3. rodcrobinson August 2, 2016 at 19:48 #

    The boys loved the photos of the Eagles.

  4. rodcrobinson August 2, 2016 at 19:49 #

    Agree the Tall Timbers Marina looks like it would have inspired Walt Disney!!

    • MrsB August 2, 2016 at 19:58 #

      Kind of like Pirates of the Caribbean

  5. worldinsidemypocket August 2, 2016 at 20:16 #

    This looks so beautiful!

  6. Alex Ertz August 2, 2016 at 20:54 #

    You’re bringing back so many memories with your posts! Are you going to Logsdon Tug Service at Beardstown tomorrow, or anchoring near the L&D?

    • MrsB August 2, 2016 at 22:01 #

      The rivers block due to high wire work. …and the wickets are down at Lagrange and the river is closed at mile 69 until 7 pm. who knows?

  7. jdepodwin August 2, 2016 at 23:28 #

    What’s in a floating powder room?

    • MrsB August 3, 2016 at 07:07 #

      Bob built a raft and put a portable toilet on it. He then installed a sink and decorated the new instant bathroom with flowers and wall hangings and stuff.

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