The American Queen (not to be confused with The African Queen, which is on TV here at the moment) is a luxurious paddlewheeler which can take you for a few nights up and down the Mississippi from New Orleans to St. Louis and back again. The name of the boat company, Majestic American Line, and this boat, too, is dorky. This is a republic, dammit. It looks pretty cool, though, shining in the river on a cloudless day.
At the left, one of the crew takes a break while the boat is moored at the St. Louis levee.
TOMORROW Life On the Mississippi Continues: Copter Rides!