And so the day wore on. We watched for eagles on the bluff, blew the boat's horn in the traditional one long, two short bursts to greet large crowds in Cassville, and in Guttenberg, Iowa, and points in between, and admired the steam engine Milwaukee 261 when it clattered noisily by on the Iowa side carrying land-based excursionists.

When the Anson Northrup unexpectedly ran out of water - oddly enough a crisis even when surrounded by it - we made an emergency pit stop in Clayton, Iowa, where the volunteer firemen brought a tanker to save our bacon. The boys at Bill's Landing Bar & Grill will be talking about that one for a while.

Steam trains rule. More here.

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