Sunday, September 8, 2019

Maiden Voyage

We took the Winnie out over the Labor Day holiday and met up with our daughter Ellie and her boyfriend Will at Perrot state park in western Wisconsin on the Mississippi River.

Will and Ellie in front of the Winnie. 

We brought two single bicycles and our tandem with us so we all rode down to Trempealeau to buy a fishing license and tour the Army Corps lock and dam just outside of town.

Lock and Dam 6 was placed into operation in June of 1936. Its last major rehabilitation was completed in 1999.
Larry and I hiked the Brady's Bluff trail after our bike ride. The views of the Mississippi were stunning.

This shelter at the top of Brady's Bluff was constructed by a CCC crew in the 1930's.

CCC commemorative plaque.

My father joined the NYA (National Youth Administration) in 1940, just short of his 17th birthday. The NYA was an organization similar to the CCC. Dad was given training in aircraft and engine maintenance at the Cassidy Lake Technical School located in Ypsilanti, Michigan. In July 1942, he entered into the Army Air Corps.

On our second day of camping, Will and Ellie went out in a rental canoe and we hiked Perrot Ridge, which sits 507' above the Mississippi.  Again, the views were fabulous.  

Trempealeau Bay