A leisurely, two-hour cruise on the Shawnee Queen down a serene, picturesque stretch of the Ohio River. It doesn’t get much better than this.
An informative tour including such Southern Illinois sites as the "Fluorspar Capital of the World," a portion of the "Trail of Tears" and Roper’s Landing, where the movie "U.S. Marshall" was filmed. A stop for lunch afterward. Surely it doesn’t get much better than this.
Who says it can’t get any better?
The piece de resistance for a river taxi trip to be sponsored Thursday, September 11, by the Rend Lake College Institute for Learning in Retirement will be a stop at the Chocolate Factory on the way home.
Reservations are now being accepted for this enticing ILR offering (ILR 9337-01), to be led by Rend Lake College Foundation Assistant Director Lori Ragland. Participants will depart from the Ina campus at 9:15 a.m. and Benton (Big John’s parking lot) at 9:30 a.m., returning by charter bus after a full day of incredible sight-seeing around 5:30 p.m.
If you made the Shawnee Queen excursion last year, take note: The retirees will travel in the opposite direction this time. A late lunch to parts unknown is planned around 2 p.m. Don’t forget to dress in layers, too, in order to find your comfort level during fun-filled morning and afternoon enjoying a perspective you will not see from land.
Departure will be from Rosiclare, the small river town once known as the "Fluorspar Capital of the World."
The Kentucky community of Carrsville is next, followed shortly thereafter by Golconda, which was settled around 1796 and became a major shipping point for timber and farm produce. Downtown Golconda is in the register as a National Histioric District and an Illinois Main Street Community.; its rich history takes in the tragic story of the "Trail of Tears."
As the Queen passes Roper’s Landing and the area made famous by "U.S. Marshall," do not be surprised to spot bald eagles and/or their nests nearby.
"A similar-but-different river trip last year was one of the more enjoyable outings we took. I would anticipate more of the same this year," Ragland commented.
Would-be participants are encouraged to register as soon as possible since openings are limited. The $60 fee covers round-trip transportation by charter bus, the Shawnee Queen taxi ride and the late lunch.