This is how captain Al chills when he let’s Cindy drive #MissMarianne #greatloop…

This is how captain Al chills when he let’s Cindy drive #MissMarianne #greatloop #chriscraft http://www.lifeofacaptain.com

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The captain making French toast for #breakfast on #MissMarianne #greatloop

The captain making French toast for #breakfast on #MissMarianne #greatloop #chriscraft

Historic Kimmswick

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Dinner in Kimmswick when we stopped at Hoppies #MissMarianne #greatloop

Dinner in Kimmswick when we stopped at Hoppies #MissMarianne #greatloop http://www.lifeofacaptain.com

Hoppies Marina

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Cruising down the Mississippi with #MissMarianne www.lifeofacaptain.com #greatloop

Cruising down the Mississippi with #MissMarianne http://www.lifeofacaptain.com #greatloop #chriscraft http://www.lifeofacaptain.com

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Last of the Mississippi River with #MissMarianne #ChrisCraft #greatloop

Last of the Mississippi River with #MissMarianne #ChrisCraft #greatloop #travelblogger @chriscraftboats @woodenboatmagazine @woodyboater http://www.lifeofacaptain.com

Ohio River

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A few of my favorites from Hoppies this morning. We are heading into a 200 mile…

A few of my favorites from Hoppies this morning. We are heading into a 200 mile stretch with no docks, no marinas, no fuel, no food. We have the aft deck loaded with extra cans of fuel. We’re only running the genset occasionally to charge batteries and things, basically powered the boat down to just the Garmins. We’ll keep you updated if we can and if not we’ll see you on the other side in a couple days. #MissMarianne http://www.lifeofacaptain.com

— with Albert Bartkus.


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Cruising down the Mississippi – #MissMarianne – Great Loop travels

http://lifeofacaptain.com Cruising down the Mississippi – #MissMarianne 10.31

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Timelapse – Chris Craft Yacht Dinner Prep and St Louis #MissMarianne – Great Loop travels

http://www.lifeofacaptain.com Timelapse – Chris Crat Yacht Dinner Prep and St Louis. Great Loop Adventure.

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Creapy St Louis Locks on Halloween – #MissMarianne Chicago to Mobile, AL leg of the Great Loop

http://www.lifeofacaptain St Louis Locks – #MissMarianne Chicago to Mobile, AL leg of the Great Loop

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Vintage maps of the Wandering Mississippi

This beautiful map of the Mississippi’s historic meanderings is like a carelessly draped cluster of silk ribbons.

If the Mississippi were allowed to do what it wanted, what is now the Atchafalaya River would become the new ending of the Mississippi. Again, in a purely natural world, that would be a six of one, half dozen of the other situation. But now human systems depend on the Mississippi remaining roughly as it was in 1900 when we started to build massive amounts of infrastructure.

As you can see, the river is a bit of a commitment-phobe. . . will we be able to keep it fixed for the next hundred years? Should we even try?