We were only going to travel 16.4 miles to Alton so didn’t leave the dock until 0925 hrs. We soon left the waters of the Illinois River when they blended with the waters of the Upper Mississippi and we were off down the Mississippi at mile 217 from the Ohio River. The Illinois River had very dirty water but the Mississippi River was even worse. This water is brown and it is easy to see why people call it the “Muddy Mississippi”.
We had a south wind of 15 mph on our nose and blowing against the current so there were wind waves. It was a beautiful sunny day however. As we neared the town of Alton we pulled in near the bank to view the Piasa Rock Paintings and Caves. We then made our way to the Alton Marina.
Alton Marina is one of the nicer ones we have moored. It has every amenity and reasonable price. Highly recommended. We walked into the town and then to the Argosy Casino that is one of the floating casinos in this part of the world. We looked around, got free soft drinks and then rode to casino shuttle back to the marina.
The rest of the afternoon was taken up with boat chores and then Vicki and JoAnn hosted a chart hour in the marina gazebo ashore. It attendance were the crews of Sea To See, Namaste, Reunion, Gemini, Blue Haven and Corsair.