Last Friday, Darren and I both took off work had a really great day together. My mobile blogging showed you some of our cruise on the the Mississippi, but I wanted to share a few more pictures from the river.
I slept in until the luxuriously late hour of 7:00(!) and woke to a thunderstorm. Fortunately, the weather cleared just in time for the noon cruise, and we got plenty of sun while we rode. The only down-side of the cruise was that two day-cares had decided to spent time on the water, too. There were many shrieky toddlers scurrying about, but a couple beers took the edge of that.
Here is the noble vessel that bore us along the river, The Minneapolis Queen.
I flash my pearly whites at Darren while Minneapolis looks over my shoulder.
A splendid view of the Minneapolis skyline
The Federal Reserve Building
It's Darren again!
Approaching the lock that would lower us fifty feet, to the level below St. Anthony Falls
It was a little creepy inside the lock once the gates closed on both ends. This was before the water level started to drop.
Our boat was right next to the wall, close enough to reach out and touch it. Slimy.
Within a few minutes we had dropped five stories, and the huge gates (which reminded me of something from King Kong) started to open.
People waved to us as we left the lock. (Seems like people always wave at boats.)
A view of the Stone Arch Bridge and some expensive real estate
The Guthrie Theater
The nearly completed rebuilt span of the I-35 bridge that collapsed so horrifically almost exactly a year ago.
Yeah, like I could I possibly resist posing for this shot...
And thus ended the water-based portion of our day. Next we switched to cocktails on dry land. We met my totally fabulous friend Angie (and my equally glamorous friend Arati) at Brit's Pub on Nicollet Mall for lunch and some tasty Blue Moons.
Miss Angie, looking glam for my camera
We then scurried home and started the next phase of weekend with a visit from our friends Scott & Scott and Luis.
It was really the perfect summer day.