HERE WE GO AGAIN!


The beached houseboat some of our crew is squatting, it has a LOT of spiders.


Spiders are not only big here, they are really cool looking too.


The Miss Rockaway Armada surrounded by pleasure boats at Ducky’s Lagoon.


The floating beast herself, and renovations continue.


The inside of the redesigned front raft.


Other rafts under construction.


One of the other rafts.


Our current homebase, Ducky’s Lagoon in Andalusia, IL (but you already knew that).


The view from the back of a pickup truck speeding along full of plants and food.


Brandy and Brodie buried under groceries in the back of the pickup.


A non-functioning truck on Ian’s farm in Rock Island, our starting homebase and a lovely place to spend some time.


An old organ and firearm in the work area on the farm.


Sleeping in this area was not recommended.


Trixie the goat, she likes to eat clothes.


Another of the automotive relics decorating the farm.


Drying the laundry at sunset.


The pile of bikes we eventually repaired to make the Armada land-mobile as well.


This working (and loud) organ is slated to journey down the river on one of the other rafts.


This old trailer was converted into a cozy apartment by Alexis complete with solar powered lights/electricity.

In case you were wondering, the Miss Rockaway Armada is (and has been) hard at work in Andalusia, IL. We have made the transition from Ian’s farm in Rock Island (thank you again, Ian) and are all now at Ducky’s Lagoon, workin’ hard and sweatin’ lots. Ducky’s is a great place to build, probably couldn’t ask for better. There’s port-o-potties, running water, electricity, even a beached houseboat for sleeping in. Sweet deal.

The front and back sections of the raft have been redesigned and rebuilt. The front is much taller and boxier, with closed-in storage towers on each corner and potential bunk space between. The top is a mild arch which holds our new (and seriously improved) rain tarp system. The back has a similar four-corner tower setup, but is much smaller and committed to tools. Engines are being re-evaluated and re-built, and will hopefully be much more reliable this year. The new Story Boat has arrived from Minneapolis, complete with solar panels and electronic trolling motors. Several other rafts are under contruction, including the Garden Of Bling, more on them in a future post.

If you live near the Quad Cities in Illinois or Iowa, please check out our updated wish list. All help is appreciated, and you know where to find us… (Ducky’s Lagoon)

And here’s a little video of some members practicing for the show this weekend over at Ducky’s. Banjos and silos…
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Okay, back to work. Where’d I put that hammer?

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