This is the official excuse for last weekend's boat party. There is a simple Catholic shrine on the Mississippi at the town of Portage des Sioux, Our Lady Of The Rivers. (I called it Our Lady Of The Waters in a recent post - wrong, but what's the difference?) It has a power plant for a neighbor and is looking a little worn. The second photo shows the approach to the statue from the road. Uh, was anybody paying attention? It's a statue of the Virgin Mary. Under the circumstances, the design is a little distracting. In the lower picture, the local parish priest distributes the blessing. I wonder what the intended effect might be.