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Saturday, December 7, 2013

River Boat Captain


Fifty Five and Alive teaches one should be at least one car length behind the car in front of you for each ten miles per hour your going.   This is safety planning ahead for an unexpected stops or evasive maneuvers.  It’s the same way on the Mississippi when your piloting one of those long river barges.  Or as I explained to granddaughter Miss. T.  who was operating a giant screen simulator at the River Museum in Dubuque, Iowa, “it takes a mile to stop this puppy so you need to plan ahead.  Let’s not hit any bridges.”
She was a natural,  with her Dad and older brother watching in the pilot house, we breezed all the way downriver to St. Louis quite safely.....
 

23 comments:

  1. Better introduce her to Mark Twain!

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  2. Looks like so much fun. What took you to St. Louis?

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  3. The simulator, of course! Now I see you were in Dubuque. We were there in May but didn't stop. So much to see but we just kept on going down to Davenport where the grandson lives. Well, I can't complain that I haven't seen anything this year. Logged in thousands of miles and did see plenty! Doing it with grandchildren, though, now that is the best way to travel of all!

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  4. You'd think piloting a river boat wouldn't quite have the same allure as a racing car or jet fighter, but it's one more thing off the bucket list. Or at least she won't have to put it on her bucket list in the distant future.

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  5. How cool! I enjoyed thinking it was real at first, then realized it is a simulator! :-)

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  6. I thought it was real at first too! Great post, TB!!

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  7. That is a neat device to let people feel the ways of a boat. I learned from experience that boats don't have brakes when you enter a marina.

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  8. I've heard of flight simulators, but I had no idea there were boat simulators!

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  9. Great experience.
    Love that header with that horse peeking over your hat !

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  10. What fun! My grands would love that, too, especially after riding aboard an excursion boat a few months ago. Thanks for posting this!

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  11. I love watching barges. The simulator looks like lots of fun.

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  12. Always a joy to browse your excellent blog, TB. Your granddaughter is doing a super job with a tough assignment--good for her! And your previous post of nostalgia is a reminder of so many aspects of my growing up also. Thanks for the memories (some of which I haven't thought of for a long time, until you sparked my reverie).

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  13. I love those simulators and virtual journeys! You've brought back fond memories of Driver's Ed. There was some rule of thumb for keeping your distance. Something to do with a certain number of Mississippis between your car and the one in front of you. Of course, you had to keep an eye on the lane lines while you were counting as well as the car in front of you. Not to mention sneaking a glance now and then in the rearview mirror at the cute boy in the back seat who was waiting for his turn at the wheel:)

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  14. Now she can tell all her friends that she manned a riverboat ! That's more than I can say.

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  15. wow! What a cool experience! I have yet to try to operate a long river barge :)
    Thanks for your comment re:Hunger Games on my blog. I answered you as best I could over there.

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  16. That looks like great fun! ANd hey, are those Belgian horses in your header photo? Beautiful!

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  17. Looks like fun, TB. Hey, Minnesota is going to a bowl game!

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  18. How delightful! Great post, Trout.

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  19. So nice your granddaughter got you safely to St Louis. I imagine this was great fun for all your grandchildren. Love the smiley faces in your post. -- barbara

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  20. That looks like great fun!
    Yes I took those classes to to save 10 percent off the car insurance plus it refreshes some things I may have forgotten:)

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