Signs of hope on river eco-cruises

Big Blue Sky Band entertained passengers aboard two eco cruises that departed from Guttenberg's marina last Sunday. (Press photo by Molly Moser)


By Molly Moser

The Clayton County Conservation Awareness Network (CAN), in partnership with Maiden Voyage Tours, hosted two free Mississippi River eco-cruises on Sept. 15. Local food producers offered samples of their products, and the Big Blue Sky Band provided musical entertainment. Brian Gibbs, Clayton County Naturalist and president of Clayton County CAN, welcomed passengers with a story of inspiration. 

Last summer, Gibbs gave boat tours on a scenic mountain lake at Glacier National Park in Montana.  With 65 passengers on board, Gibbs pointed out a bald eagle silhouetted in the sky. “Cameras were flashing. People were gasping,” said Gibbs. “I asked myself: What were all these people looking for?”

The answer is simple. “They were looking for beauty,” Gibbs realized. “The same thing we’re all looking for.” With that in mind, he began to organize group opportunities to find beauty and hope. “When you can bring people together, you find examples of people practicing hope and a sustainable lifestyle,” he said. 

Aboard the cruise were Bill and Louise Johnson, of rural Guttenberg, who started the Johnson Honey Farm in 1993. The Johnson’s offered samples of their honey, as well as honey recipes and facts about the honeybee. Dan Potter and his daughter Alicia, who work together with other members of the Potter family to run Great River Maple in rural Garnavillo, invited passengers to try maple syrup on ice cream and taste their delicious maple cream.

Continued in the pages of The Guttenberg Press

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