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For an added treat, we took the ferry across the Mississippi River. It didn't add too much time to go this way, and it was an experience I've never had. Something just feels wrong about driving a car onto a boat and floating it into a rolling river.
Before we knew it, we were untethered from the shore and floating free. We got out of the boat to enjoy the smells and sounds as well as the visions of an uneventful crossing.
The ferry took us near a forested island, and I had to wonder how long it has been there. When did it form?While we're at it, did Jacques Marquette and Louis Jolliet map that same island in the 1600s? It just so happens we were on this river on the anniversary of Marquette's birth (June 1, 1637). Did the river flow differently when the French Catholic missionary and his explorer buddy navigated it? Was the water shallower then? Broader? How would the shoreline look without humanity's "improvements"?