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Blue Ocean Cruising has its charm and appeal, so does  Steamboatin´river cruising. Talk about "rock me on the water"- not much dramamine  being handed out on the flat rivers of Ohio, Tennessee and  even The Mighty Mississippi. How cool that the American Queen Steamboat docks right next to the Red's Stadium on the Riverfront. What a great way to see the Ohio River Valley.  

Can't help but  think about Mark Twain as a cub pilot, and Baseball Legends,Cy Young, Babe Ruth, Joe DiMaggio and Jackie Robinson. who played in these towns along the Ohio, Tennessee and Mississippi  river.

We are docked right in front of Cincinnati's Great American Ball Park; future home team of Jon Moscot, my nephew playing  w/ Reds Double-A affiliate Pensacola Blue Wahoos.

Traveling With Mark Twain

Life on the Mississippi (1883) is a powerful narrative by Mark Twain of his days as a steamboat pilot on Ol’ Man River before the American Civil War, and also a travel book, recounting his trip along the Mississippi from St. Louis to New Orleans many years after the War.

Twain writes with both sincerity and irreverence, as in this   lament--- 
Flooding on the Mississippi, ST Louis  June 27, 2008
I deeply respect water (blue ocean and river) the way one
  respects a wounded hippo. You gotta keep an eye on it, 
because you know it is deadly.
There is no unhappiness like the misery of sighting land (and work) again after a cheerful, careless voyage.

Twain speaks to me and  sums up my own restlessness requests "Anyplace but here" and " I want to be surprised" with this quip---

 All I do know or feel, is, that I am wild with impatience to move, move – Move!

Twain speak close to my  heart on what’s important for adventures and  travel seekers with this quote---

"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover."

The river calls me saying “I can help you lose your baggage without going to the airport"

Ernest Hemingway said, 

":Don't travel with people you don't love" 

Mark Twain value adds as-

"I have found out that there ain't no surer way to find out whether you like people or hate them than to travel with them."

I'll never forget this Twain brilliancy-"The Coldest Winter he ever spent in his life, was a Summer in San Francisco."

In my blog, Hotel @nyware,  I often use Twain's quotes to inspire me to further writing.
 For Instance

"Go To heaven for the climate and hell for the company". Read more HERE

Twain voyaged to South Africa and beyond.  In fact this quote inspired another blog post of mine when I was in the Indian Ocean on my 2011 World Cruise.
In the middle of nowhere and the center of
everything-On the internet @Sea near Mauritius
 inspired by Twain

My own version of "Following the Equator: A Journey Around the World by Mark Twain"

"You gather the idea that Mauritius was created first, and then heaven; and that heaven was copied after Mauritius". Mark Twain
Read more HERE

Steamboats Come True

Rolling down the river makes me think of John Fogerty and Proud Mary- and its playing on the radio too now-cool. for real, as I drive back to St Louis. Another catchy tune is from his revival album, The River Is Waiting

I must do a revision of 

9 Cruises I had To Go On Before I Died

Traveling on the Mississippi, Ohio, Tennessee Snake, Columbia Rivers are  now on my bucket list.


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