My husband, Jim, and I traveled this great country of ours for SEVEN years in our RV. We saw many wonderful sights, visited famous and not so famous cities, and wandered through many a National Park. I have blogged through all our travels. I've stumbled upon the "Blogging from A to Z Challenge 2013". I decided to jump on board this crazy train and share with all of you places I have seen in my travels.
Day 9 "Blogging from A-Z Challenge"!
"I" is for I & M Canal
"The Illinois and Michigan (I & M) Canal originally ran 96 miles from the Bridgeport neighborhood in Chicago to LaSalle-Peru, Illinois on the Illinois River. It allowed boat transportation from the Great Lakes to the Mississippi River to the Gulf of Mexico. The canal enabled transportation across the Chicago Portage and helped establish Chicago as the transportation hub of the United States. The canal ceased operations in 1956." Wikipedia
Portions of the canal have been filled in, and now it is only 61 miles in length. There is a nice bike path that runs along the canal.
In La Salle, IL you can take a boat ride that is pulled by a mule - just like in the old days.
Here is the boat, named "The Volunteer".
Our motor, a.k.a., the mule.
Inside of boat
Once we got started, we could move up on top of the boat. The man in the straw hat was our tour guide/story teller.
And we're off!
We're really moving now! (kidding!)
A view from the boat......up ahead train tracks on bridge.
Actually, the mule doesn't do all the work. He pulls for a little while, then the motor kicks in with the help from the Captain.
Work is done for the mule - at least for this boat trip!
If you are interest in reading about the history of the I & M canal, please click here.