It’s time to get back to business.
After being home for three weeks, we flew into St. Louis.
Kurt of Uncharted Service located at Polestar Marina, and who worked on our boat, picked us up from the airport.
How’s that for customer service???
We decided to stay at Polestar Marina for an extra day because the winds were a little crazy.
The marina was decorated for fall.
Sam loved the way the bathrooms/showers were decorated.
Can you believe that?
Definitely designed by a man.
And, yes, I had to laugh.
As crazy as the wind was the day before, it was the opposite today.
Calm as could be.
Just like we like it.
As we pulled out of Polestar, we saw a bird statue.
Out on the Mississippi
It was time to get back out to the Mississippi River and go the 15 miles down to Alton, Illinois.
It was amazing how the current moved us right along.
We certainly didn’t use as much fuel as we did going to Polestar Marina since we had to move against the current.
We had to dodge logs and sticks and debris but we were rewarded with the beginnings of fall foliage.
The white cliffs were stunningly beautiful and the stark contrast against the fall colors were quite a sight.
Every now and then we were reminded that this still is the industrial Mississippi River.
The Sights of Alton
When we got closer to Alton, we started to see factories.
Then we saw a very unusual riverboat casino.
We couldn’t wait to get there.
Alton seemed like a happening place.
We knew we were getting close because we could see the Clark Bridge named after one of the team, Lewis and Clark.
After we went under the bridge, we made a left turn into the marina.
We went to get fuel and a pump out first before we got into our slip.
I really didn’t know what to expect.
Sam does the planning and we usually don’t know what kind of condition the marina is in before we get there.
Alton Marina was a nice surprise.
The staff is helpful and friendly.
The facilities are nice.
They even have a store plus a grill that is open on the weekends.
On Wednesdays and Saturdays, there is a farmers market within walking distance of the marina.
We took advantage of it and got some lettuce, basil, tomatoes, bing cherry jelly and bread.
We also drove to Piasa Park to check out the mythical creature, the Piasa.
Our first meal, though, after we docked and got everything in order, was at Fast Eddie’s.
Fast Eddie’s is an iconic establishment that locals and loopers must visit.
And you should too.
Across the street from the Argosy casino is a vibrant downtown area.
Lights are strung across the street and makes for a very fun evening.
But in the daylight, you can get a good look at what is around.
Looper Party at the Piano Bar
Looks harmless enough from the outside.
The Ragin Cajun Piano Bar.
What happened one Saturday night with loopers from Canada will go down in history.
At least our history.
Alton at Night
After we could party no more, we walked back to the boat.
Saw a statue of Miles Davis.
He was born here.
Walked right past the casino without even dropping a dime.
Since looper midnight is 9:00 p.m. and it was almost 11:00 p.m. we were not tempted at all.
Belgian Waffle Day
If you have read our blog or follow us on YouTube, you know that every Sunday is Belgian Waffle Day.
This Sunday was no different.
But is was.
This Sunday, I let someone else cook the waffles and they were delicious!!!
Definitely tastes better when someone else makes them.
Road Trip to St. Louis
We got a rental car while in Alton and decided to see the sights of St. Louis.
We took the Clark Bridge over the Mississippi River.
It was so weird going down the highway and then see the arch of St. Louis right there.
Sam has seen it many times but this was a first for me.
Our new friends Brian and Beth told us that we HAD to visit the Hill.
So we did.
The Hill is an Italian neighborhood with incredible restaurants, shops, bakeries, and grocery.
Sam and I went two days in a row and ate at two different restaurants and they were both fantastic.
But it wasn’t just the restaurants, the Italian neighborhood seemed like another world.
From a plane, to a car, to a boat, it’s time to be moving on.