|Delta and Mississippi Queens moored upriver during Tall Stacks|
My family had a love of the Delta Queen. After all, it was a historic steamboat whose home port was Cincinnati (at that time). My youngest brother, Don, worked on the Delta Queen after high school and before college. He became friends with the Cruise Director, Terry Sevrens. Thus began a long friendship between Terry and our whole family.
|Mom (in center waving) and Terry (far right) depart on a Derby Cruise|
Terry introduces the calliope player.
|Mom and Terry|
|Don and Liz on a separate trip|
I WAS IN!! I can't tell you everything that happened in one post, but I can tell you it was one of the most risk-taking adventures of my life, and one I cherish.
The Delta Queen in 2012
So today is the anniversary of that great adventure. The Delta Queen is no longer plying the rivers between Cincinnati and New Orleans. It is docked "permanently" in Memphis, Tennessee. Due to the wooden construction of its superstructure, Congress would not extend its waiver to continue operating as an overnight passenger steamboat. Thus ended an era.
|American Queen docked near Showboat Majestic|
Port of Cincinnati
I made my way to the riverfront to take in the newly-refurbished American Queen. The boat made its way to Cincinnati last night, following up a steamboat race with the Belle of Louisville and the Belle of Cincinnati. The Belle of Louisville "won."
|Port of Cincinnati, Ohio|
May 4, 2012
I'll be thinking of Mom, Terry, the Delta Queen and the Derby all weekend. Now all I need is a mint julep.