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Rolling down the River

Good morning to all my blogging friends,  I hope the last day of the weekend is just waiting to be filled with some fun by everyone. 
Today's topic is about some fun on the River.  It was quite a while back....25 years or so when I decided to have some fun on the River.  It seems to me, unless there is someone who is willing to organize an event of some sort, the event just doesn't seem to roll around. 
We all tend to have good intentions, we all want to be adventurous, but often can't seem to find the proper motivation to get out there and do something about it.
I remember when I was younger and my children were young, driving out to the Geneva/St. Charles area, just southwest of Chicago, was a fun and pleasurable day to spend.  the shops were great to go in and out of and see all the newest trends, Nice place to stop and eat and enjoy a day away from home.  One day, while in St. Charles, we noticed a paddleboat on the Fox River.  the girls and I went over to check it out.  there was a quaint park there and even a miniature golf course that we got to go and shoot the balls around. 
I went over the t small house near the boat to check it out.  I got some information on the boat rides and rental opportunities. 
When I got home that evening, I sat down with some coffee on the deck and began to read the information packet.  It sounded pretty interesting.  A 3 hour cruise...I was beginning to question Gilligan's Island at that point, but just laughed it off.  I took the cost of how much it would run to rent the entire boat out for the evening into what I thought would be an affordable cost.  When I got it to $12.00 per person amount, I knew I could plan something. This was a pretty reasonable amount to pay, even at the time. Since they allowed food on board...you could either bring your own or cater from them,  I pulled out a tablet and drew up a menu.  I decided that if everyone brought something.  We could make this a dinner cruise.  I divided it up into categories like salads, sides, bread, meats, drinks, ice, and pulled out my phone book and began the calls.  Everyone I knew was excited to join in on the fun.  The singles got to bring the easy things like ice, bread and the plates, napkins and cups.  Everyone had sent me there money and I booked the boat of September 28th.  We met at the park along the Fox River at 6:30.  
I had arranged with the Paddleboat company to have table set up on the first level and as soon as I boarded the boat, covered it with tablecloths.  Everyone quickly placed their dishes on the tables and the cruise began.  Now because of the Dam on the River the boat just went back and forth along 3 miles...but no one really cared.  There was a  place to pop in our cassette tapes and it got piped through the entire boat, both lower and upper decks.  We ate on the enclosed lower deck.  Chatting and have a great time just being together.   The upper deck was open and once we were done eating, we ascending to the upper level to look up at the beautiful autumn night sky, twinkling with stars and soft enjoyable music that wafted through the air.  Some of us danced, others just sat along the side rails and watch the quaint city go past.  The lights in the homes along the lake seems like glowing embers in the distance. 
When the 3 hours were up, we were all quite happy and willed with peace and contentment.  We had had an amazing night out on the River, the food was more that enjoyable. For a very nominal fee, we had had an amazing adventure rolling down the river with friends and acquaintances.  This adventure was the beginning of many prompt due adventures that I had organized for a night out on a small budget.  It was always me that did the organizing.  I guess that is a common occurrence.  Someone has to do it and I didn't mind.  I am still the organizer some 20-30 years later.  I am still on that quest to get out, discover something, create a memory.  That's what life is all about.  The paddleboat still rolls down the river.  If you are ever in that area in St. Charles, follow the river and find the boat and enjoy a ride.  You won't regret it. 

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