Monday, September 21, 2009

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Gale hit the road before 8 am as Maureen started her morning dedicated to laundry. A large group was beginning to gather as boats came in throughout the day. The Gateway Boat Club of St. Louis, MO, was having a “rally” of sorts and filled in the first 23 slips on “H Dock.” We were in Slip H26. Last night only 3 or 4 club boats had been in the slips but they made enough noise for 10!

Maureen finished her chores about 3:30 pm and she and Lucy went for a walk over to the Alton Riverfront Park and Amphitheater adjacent to the marina. The Third Annual Mississippi Earthtones Festival was underway and offered many eco-friendly vendors, food booths, contests and events as well as live folk and bluegrass music. Maureen and Lucy walked around the venue and enjoyed listening to the folk band playing on the stage.

Gale’s drive to Clear Lake included a stop in Iowa City to visit Kelle. It was good to hear that things were going well for him after a month into the semester at the University. Kelle mentioned that he could really use the extra television we had stored in our garage at home so Gale said he would pick it up and deliver it to him on his way back through tomorrow. Another stop was in Mason City where Gale picked up a wheelchair to help us get his mom and dad out to the end of the dock where our boat is slipped in Alton. He arrived in Clear Lake a little after 5 pm, made a quick stop at the condo and then spent the evening with his mom and dad.

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