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 for the Mississippi and other great world waterways. 
by Pat and Richard Middleton

Much as we love traveling the Mississippi River, great river adventures await throughout the world!!!
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The Seine Princess, photo by Richard L. Middleton

New Waterway Cruise Report: Cruising the Seine River! Honfleur to Paris, France!

We have several stories posted online about our summer cruise from Honfleur at the mouth of the Seine River on the English Channel to Paris. It was a beautiful cruise with many similarities to our cruises on the Mississippi River... and many grand difference! We hope you enjoy our stories of visiting the WWII landing beaches in Normandy and our cruise with CroisiEurope, one of the largest cruise lines in Europe. Visit our Waterway Cruise Report by clicking HERE. Explore our RAMBLIN' ON Blog for short stories of interesting discoveries!

     BLOUNT SMALL SHIP ADVENTURE CRUISES off the Barrier Reef in Belize!
If you have been considering a small boat cruise of the Barrier Reef off Belize,  you are invited to visit our collection of photos from our recent BLOUNT SMALL BOAT CRUISE of coastal Belize and Guatemala.

We found the all American crew, highly experienced staff, and seasoned travel passengers to be delightful companions on this small boat adventure!! This was NOT cruising from port city to port city, but included extensive river explorations, hikes, birding, and snorkeling expeditions along the Barrier Reef with experienced guides. Just a beautiful and outstanding adventure!

Cruising the Galapagos Islands with Quasar Expeditions on the Galapagos EVOLUTION


Let me say right up front that not since the old Delta Queen Steamboat Company (with whom I did at least 40 cruises as guest lecturer) have I been as impressed with a cruise operator.  Quasar Expeditions, like the Delta Queen Steamboat Company, operates on passion... not only for their business, but for Ecuador and the Galapagos, and for their GUESTS.

We learned to watch the hats of the Indian women... dark felt hats with the peacock feather, shown here, the white felt hats of the Otavala women.Arriving Quito, Ecuador

For many who cruise the Galapagos Islands, a day in Quito will be the extent of their visit to mainland Ecuador. A few lucky cruisers will extend their stay to include several days in the Amazon jungle, or touring the Andean highlands. This is a report on our first day, our first impressions of 'surprising Quito.'



   Birding and Beaching in Panama.  Sunrise over the Pacific, wildlife and birds such as we only dreamed of in Costa Rica and the Amazon... 

We've just returned from an excursion to Panama combined one week at the Playa Blanca all inclusive resort with a week in Panama's rainforest with a group of Midwestern birders. We posted our pictures online, will be working on verbiage for the rest of the month. But go ahead a take a look! We enjoyed the beach as well as we did the birding... plus $500 each member of the birding group went to support a bird banding station we visited in a national preserve.

  Mexico's RIVIERA MAYA offers a rich pallet for the history and natural history buff. The indigenous Mayan culture, the adventure of swimming in cenotes and underground rivers, exploring Mayan ruins, and snorkeling with sea turtles proved to be highlights for us.  Our third new travel report is also greatly enhanced by a rich collection of photographs.


Birding in the Riparian Habitats of SE Arizona. 
We recently visited the San Pedro River Basin in Southeast Arizona. Like the Bosque del Apache and thePlatte River in Nebraska, wetlands in Arizona are home to thousands of wintering Sandhill Cranes and other birds.   
Riparian = water-dependant environments



Click photo of the SHANNON PRINCESS to see our full review of visiting Ireland with Gourmet Chef, Olivia Powers. 

Cruising the Irish Heartland on the SHANNON RIVER 
with the Shannon Princess


View from our balcony apartment at "Le Clos Enchante" in Castillon-en-Couserans south of Toulouse. Over 100 marked hiking trails weave through France's last great wilderness area.



Exploring the MIDI-PYRENEES of Southern France..... A rural journey through Medieval villages along the rivers of the Pyrenees.



   Luxury River Cruising with AMA WATERWAYS through 
"Europe's Heartland

    With our Mississippi River cruising steamboats inexcusably shut down for the moment, the European waterways have been teasing me to come explore a few more of the world's most renown rivers.  In this Waterway Cruise Report we explore the Mosel, Rhine, and Main Rivers!


Vineyards, castles, Medieval churches and villages abound along the railroad routes.     Ride the European Rails for Flexibility, Comfort and a touch of Adventure… but do pack light! We have just posted our story on traveling by TRAIN  along the Mosel, Rhine, and Main Rivers in Germany!

   Let us know your comments which are now easy to post on our PHOTO ART SITE. Looking for a great photo to commemorate your trip to Alaska, Mexico, or the Caribbean? You'll find some of the best from traveler and photographer, Rich Middleton. We will gradually be posting our extensive travel photo collections at our site, www.greatriver.smugmug.com/Travel 


 Nearly Every year Sandhill Cranes return to the Upper Mississippi River in Mid-March. But one of the great birding spectacles of all time is in Nebraska!
Wings Over the Platte River... Birding Report on the Sandhill Cranes near Grand Island, Nebraska  (click Crane Photo left, to view story)               

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Classic Train Journey, Anchorage/Seward, Alaska
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To Glacier National Park and The Izaak Walton Inn  ....Footsteps of the Empire Builder  Click Photo, right.



October on the Mississippi! Mississippi River House-boating with Fun 'N The Sun Houseboat Vacations


We hope you enjoy our PHOTO ESSAYS which compliment our Travel Insight Features!  You'll find a growing number of photo collection (we're working on Panama, the Calgary Stampede, a display of our real photo note cards and hand-painted historic maps) for all our adventure trips featured on this small boat cruise report site. Please visit. You can order prints online and we'll offer the same great detail that you get in our other top-rated Waterway Cruise Reports. PLEASE, give us some feed back on how you like this new photo format. Enjoy!


Paddlewheeler Day Cruises, Sight-Seeing Cruises, and Dinner Cruises 
are among the most popular visitor activities along the Mississippi River.

 Click here to experience the typical offerings of riverboat cruises available in such places as St. Paul, Galena, Winona, Alton, St. Louis, Hannibal, La Crosse, and many other small towns along the Mississippi.




     Cruising with the St. Lawrence Cruise Line from Kingston to Montreal and Quebec City.      
          Small boat river cruising at it's most comfortable, and scenic best! 


Click photo for a complete review of our VIA RAIL journey from Vancouver to JasperWilderness! Wilderness? Explore the exquisite world renown natural beauty of theCanadian Rocky Mountains... Jasper and Banff National Parks, Lake Beauvert, and Lake Louise.

  Canada's Classic Train Journey, Vancouver to Jasper, along the Fraser and Thompson Rivers... CLICK photo leftThe Strait of Georgia, Desolation Sound, Howe Sound, and innumerable inlets and islets make British Columbia's Sunshine Coast a signularly scenic and soul-satisfying journey.

  The BC Ferry System makes possible a fascinating road trip along the Strait of Georgia in British Columbia's breathtakingly beautiful Sunshine Coast. "10 Best Bets" and a sample itinerary!



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The JBS and her Steamboating Fraternity 
teamboating on the Upper Mississippi


Skybridge was a great place to spend the evening at Huck's Houseboat Vacations.Houseboat Cruising on the Upper Mississippi...
       The REAL Huck Finn Experience!

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All photos copyrighted. Rich Middleton and Great River Publishing. Click photo to see the full collection.   Alaskan Adventure... Small Boat Cruise with DISCOVERY VOYAGES on Prince William Sound!  

Sometimes words are not adequate to tell a story! Our Prince William Sound Cruise on the small explorer boat, DISCOVERY, was that kind of trip. We have tried something new... our new Photo Art Site to tell this story.


Click photo to see review by Alan Fox of his trip to Cairo, Egypt and Cruising the Nile


  Cairo, Egypt, and Cruising the Nile River! 
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We'd been traveling for nearly 24 hours since leaving Savute Elephant Camp in Botswana, but our excitement at finally reaching the Land of the Pharaohs was impossible to contain. Ahead of us that great, ancient city was coming to life as it had every day for more than a thousand years.

The Rhone River Delta and the French Camargue Map of the Rhone River Delta, France

France is a country full of distinctive "regions" and one of the least visited is the Camargue Region of Southern France. Tour the Petit Rhone in an authentic steamboat, stay at a "dude ranch" and work the bulls with the Gardians!


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Southern France and the Mississippi River Connection  New! We've posted our photo album!




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We found a wealth of varied terrain, wildlife, and beautiful scenery along the Oregon coast. Roads were great, towns had character!


Touring the Oregon Coast, Newport to Astoria 
                       One can't cruise the Columbia River without touring the rugged coastline and windswept beaches of Oregon so close to Portland!  This road trip through fishing villages, upscale resorts, and vast wilderness areas,  is a great compliment to cruising the Columbia River.


  Oh, my dear fellow riverboat travelers, you will love this clip from the New York Times...Click on the photo. Then go to our BLOG at  http://www.greatriver.com/wordpress/  and see another great video and more on the debate.




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Every year, in late summer and early fall, millions of Monarch Butterflies from the Eastern United States and Southern Canada begin a journey down the Mississippi River to the Transvolcanic Mountain Range, located west of Mexico City. How YOU can make the journey to see them clustered by the MILLIONS.... 


    Click for story: Co-ed pool and respite area "on the roof" at the Kohler Water Spa. Photo courtesy of Kohler Company.Destination SPA .... The Kohler Waters Spa 
at the American Club Resort

Kohler, Wisconsin  Click SPA photo, left, to see story!




Click photo to see our birding/whaling excursion to San Jose del Cabo Just Back from ... 
San Jose del Cabo on the Sea of Cortez! 
  Estuary Birding and Snorkeling and WHALES...

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pathikes.jpg (10974 bytes)The Flathead River and Glacier National Park (click photo).  

The Chinese will tell you that a scenic arrangement of Mountain, River and Forest denotes a propitious .... or charmed .... location. 

There were once legions of professionals employed by Emperors to locate such rare locales. Somehow they missed Glacier National Park and the three forks of the Flathead River. We did not! 
Montana's mountains, rivers and lakes provide outstanding adventure for hikers, backpackers, and rafters of all ages.   [Please allow Extra time for loading...lots of pictures here!]



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Join our cruise of the Yangtze River in China! 

This is a SLIDE show with text commentary. Click HERE to begin. Once you have viewed the slide show, the pictures will load instantly thereafter. Photographer, Lisa Middleton, guarantees you'll be glad you were patient about the downloads! If you are looking for high resolution versions of these photos please contact Lisa directly.

The Columbia Queen carries up to 150 passengers and 60 all-American crew.

   Cruising the Columbia and Snake Rivers 

      It was first of all the Columbia River and the inaugural cruise season of the sparkling Columbia Queen that drew us west. What we remember best is the cultural and scenic richness and variety of our journey westward from the vast forests surrounding Astoria at the mouth of the Columbia River to Hell's Canyon and the highland deserts along the Snake River in Idaho.



A new release by the veteran Riverlorian of the Delta Queen Steamboat Company. To my mind, "Toots" was the face of the riverboats for some 35 years. With this memoir, she serves as our eyes, ears, and heart as she participates in the last cruise of the Delta Queenon its way to Tennessee.

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