The Mississippi River runs for about 2,320 miles through the United States, from Minnesota to the Gulf of Mexico. Through North American history, it has been an artery for commerce. Even with modern technologies, it is easier and cheaper to move goods along the river than overland. Tugboats and barges have become associated with the Mississippi River, and are responsible for moving about 300 million tons of cargo move along the river every year. It has been reported that a single barge can travel twice as far on a gallon of fuel as a train and five times as far as a semi truck. Barges, however, depend on the push an pull of river tugboats, which are highly maneuverable in bringing cargo down river. The photos that you see are pictures that I took from a river landing in St. Paul, Minnesota, with the city of St.Paul nearby.
In the days and weeks to come, it is my intent to post photos and share my many rich and fulfilling Arizona experiences. Hopefully, this blog will engender and create an interest on the part of the reader to know more about the diversity of the "Grand Canyon State" and possibly visit. (November 23rd, 2009)
I was born and raised in the cold country of Minnesota. After spending thirty seven years in education, retirement in Arizona was my answer. Today, my interests and passions include traveling, playing tennis and being with my grandchildren.