RVing on the River

It is true that navigating and piloting the houseboat were a bit different than our truck and 5th Wheel. Yet, many other things were similar. We had to think about our fresh water and fuel tanks. The walls were pretty thin and when the night air turned cold midweek, we needed extra blankets and cranked up the heat. Meals were prepared and eaten (no eating out).

The best similarities, though, were meeting interesting people and seeing beautiful scenery.

While beached near Brownsville, MN, we met Scott. Scott had long hair, a weathered face, an easy smile, and an encouraging spirit. He’s from Minneapolis and is heading to Mississipi for the winter. He and his large Husky/Wolf mix dog are on a 15’ pontoon boat, tiki-hut straw draping over the top, small tent on the front, with a cooler, generator and trolling motor with an outboard for when it’s too windy. Scott has no phone, no maps, just a radio. (We envied him.)

In the same area we met Don and Dottie—fellow houseboaters. Don is a semi-retired self-employed Septic Cleaner from the LaCrosse, WI area and they’ve been houseboating for 15 years.

Zac and his dogs, from the other houseboat overnighting in the cove, came over to meet us. He and his 10 houseboat mates (all restaurant workers from the Madison, WI area) invited our kids to play in their wiffle ball tournament.

Of course, we enjoyed meeting Sue at S&S Houseboat Rentals. She was exceptionally welcoming and easy to work with. AND, she offered me the use of her washers and driers for FREE both before and after our houseboat experience. Sue—enjoy your trip to Belize!

Great people.

Great scenery—I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves.

Breakfast with a view

Breakfast with a view

Sue from S&S Rentals

Sue from S&S Rentals

Our wake

Our wake

Minnesota has Pelicans - who knew?

Minnesota has Pelicans - who knew?

Scott's ride from MN to MS

Scott's ride from MN to MS

Our second spot

Our second spot

Our second spot

Our second spot

Sunset at our second spot

Sunset at our second spot

Sunrise over our bow

Sunrise over our bow

Sunset on the cove - the boat of Don and Dotti

Sunset on the cove - the boat of Don and Dotti

Boyink fishes

Boyink fishes

The girls hike over the hill

The girls hike over the hill

Sunset in the cove

Sunset in the cove

Sunset in the cove

Sunset in the cove

Hacky-sack on the beach by the cove

Hacky-sack on the beach by the cove

Us and our neighbors

Us and our neighbors

Through the grass

Through the grass

A quiet spot

A quiet spot

We had some rain

We had some rain

This guy was from Kansas City

This guy was from Kansas City

Another blue heron

Another blue heron

A long exposure shot while a tow went past

A long exposure shot while a tow went past

More MN Pelicans

More MN Pelicans

Cruising to our 3rd spot

Cruising to our 3rd spot

Our 3rd spot

Our 3rd spot

Scott makes his way past the next day

Scott makes his way past the next day

Twilight on the river

Twilight on the river

A tow comes around the corner

A tow comes around the corner

The tow gets closer

The tow gets closer

And closer yet

And closer yet

The tow we encountered in the channel

The tow we encountered in the channel

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