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    JULIA BELLE SWAIN trip update

    Ok, let's try this again.
    At this point, there are 2 possibilities for extended trips on the JULIA BELLE SWAIN this summer, both round trips:
    LaCrosse Wisconsin to Wabasha Minnesota
    LaCrosse to Dubuque Iowa

    The rough itineraries:
    LaCrosse/Wabasha
    Day 1 LaCrosse to Winona 28 miles and 2 locks There's a new Mississippi River Museum in town.
    Day 2 Winona to Wabasha 37 miles and 3 locks This day would include my absolute favorite scenic stretch of the river, the 8 miles between Winona and Fountain City Wisconsin
    Day 3 all day in Wabasha They opened a National Bald Eagle Museum and Observatory a couple of years ago. Its right on the river's edge. They usually have 3 eagles to view up close who are recovering from injuries or who otherwise can't be in the wild. So even though summer isn't bald eagle season, there would be some to see. Its a very interesting place. The Anderson Hotel and Cat House would be another attraction, not sure what else they do there.
    Day 4 Wabash to Winona 37 miles and 3 locks Winona also is the home of Watkins Products, the Winona State Historical Society, and a beautiful walking/biking area around Lake Winona. There used to be a stained glass factory to visit, and there is a beautiful Catholic church which you see in AQ postcards. Winona is also the home of Capt. Richard Butch Dick Karnath, former QUEENS pilot.
    Day 5 Winona to LaCrosse 28 miles and 2 locks

    LaCrosse/Dubuque
    Day 1 - LaCrosse to Prairie du Chien 60 miles and 2 locks Villa Louis is nearby in Riverside Park. If its the right day, Pete's Hamburgers might be open uptown.
    Day 2 - Prairie to Dubuque 56 miles and 2 locks
    Day 3 - all day in Dubuque We'd dock near the wonderful Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium, which by itself could take the whole day. Other attractions include Ham House Museum and the 4th Street elevator (incline) If we were really really nice, maybe we could convince David and Jonathan Tschiggfrie to join us for an evening of slides and river memories...
    Day 4 - Dubuque to Prairie 56 miles and 2 locks
    Day 5 - Prairie to LaCrosse 60 miles and 2 locks
    All meals are included. To give you a ballpark price, it isn't the new Yankee Stadium rates we're dealing with here: its about $100 a day per person for the boat and another $50 or so per for the hotel. So the total would be roughly $150 per day per person, or $750 for the trip.
    As I've mentioned earlier, there's plenty to do in LaCrosse: the Murphy Library, Granddad Bluff, the City Brewery(Old Style) tour, the little river museum in Riverside Park, the ISLAND GIRL and LACROSSE QUEEN for harbor trips, etc. We could have a pretrip gathering the night prior and/or a posttrip one after...
    The schedule probably won't be finalized until March, but until then, if you are interested, I'd suggest you look at the website Julia Belle Swain and send a comment to Tina, the general manager, to indicate your interest. It won't hurt in convincing ownership to schedule a longer trip. I mentioned Stillwater, but it didn't seem like a possibility this year, but maybe if others mentioned it...

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    some steamboating good news

    I am adding this reply to jump my JBS trip announcement to the top of the forum, for however so briefly, with no apologies for doing this. Obviously the DQ situation is of interest to many posters, but please, one of our three forums is devoted solely to that. Please let this River and Cruise News forum cover something other than the DQ.
    And in case you didn't read my initial posting, THERE WILL BE OVERNIGHT STEAMBOATING ON THE MISSISSIPPI THIS YEAR, IF EVEN FOR ONLY 5 DAYS ON A BOAT WHICH OBVIOUSLY CAN'T MATCH THE QUEENS FOR LUXURIOUSNESS, BUT THE JBS IS A REAL STEAMBOAT AND IS AVAILABLE FOR US TO RIDE THIS YEAR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    And don't forget the BELLE and NATCHEZ! These 3 boats need to be patronized and saved too!

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      #3
      I'm sorry...I'll join Judy in bringing this thread back to the top. It is obvious that the potential for a JBS trip is way more important than me ranting again on my favorite rant subject in another thread.

      Sometimes I think somebody needs to give me a slap and say get over it!, you were right, they're wrong, shut up and smile quietly.

      So back to the thread...Judy, I have a question. In the past, how are meals handled? I suspect either lunch or dinner is taken care of? The rest of the meals? And the overnight motels will be part of the JBS trip costs, as in one bill for all? You mentioned hotel prices... I'm assuming the JBS would take care of reservations?

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        All 3 meals are taken care of with your fare. If we start off from a hotel, we get breakfast there and then lunch and dinner on board. If we leave early morning, we usually land before supper. In that case, both breakfast and lunch are aboard, and the dinner is at some restaurant in town, but included in the fare. All meals are sit down - they only do buffets for weddings and other special events. Tina told me they now own a couple of b&bs in the area, so they would be able to fill the servers spots - we could just sit back and eat, but she was appreciative of our offer. The hotels are taken care of by the boat company and a shuttle is provided. The hotel cost is included in the fare. I just broke it down because that's the way Tina mentioned it to me. So in other words, the setup is the same as the QUEENS: meals, entertainment, room, transportation are all included. It is obviously not of the degree of the QUEENS of course - although every hotel room I've had has far exceeded the size of any DQ cabin I ever had! I was sorry to see that they had removed the JBS pix from their website - I'll find some of mine and post so you realize the smallness of the vessel. Truth in advertising, no fisheye lens shots to enlarge a space! The JBS is 108 x 22 and has a 3 ft. draft. The main deck has lounge chairs and tables and chairs and is open air. The second deck has the airconditioned dining/entertainment/bar area. There is some outside seating on the bow and along the sides. The third deck also has an airconditioned cabin and some seating on the sides on benches. The Engine Room isn't a room - its right there in the open for all to see and kibitz.
        Unless something has changed since I last rode, even the pilothouse is accessible, within reason of course.

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