Archive for August, 2006

Red Wing!

Today the Armada floated into Red Wing. We happened upon the Red Wing Marina, the first marina that we’ve ever stopped at. Cindy, the co-owner, was super nice and hooked us up with a pump-out (ie: vacuuming out our toilet-tank), gas for our skiff, drinking water, ice, and ice cream! She also took a ride on the bicycle ferris wheel (and screamed expletives on the way over the top!).

Cindy with newly recovered and healthy crew members Nick and Santiago.

Attn: Anyone with a big heart

The Miss Rockaway Armada is in need of:

Line (rope).
A new broom.
Marine batteries.
Walkie Talkies (or VHF radios)

Cookies, chocolate and ice cream!!!

See the wish list for more things we could use.

Email us or come see us along the river! We’ll be passing through Red Wing and Winona over the next few days.


We’re currently in Hastings, MN. Some engine trouble and health problems have slowed us down a little. We’re replacing the starters and batteries and both Nick and Santiago had strange illnesses. See Nick’s organs below.

Both Nick and Santiago are feeling much better, and the engines will be back up and running this evening.

Last night we watched pirate movies in the park (thanks Jeff) and took the opportunity to charge our cell phones, cameras, etc.

“I wouldn’t be caught dead on that thing…” — MN Coast Guard

It was bound to happen, and today was the day. The Coast Guard and Sheriff’s Dept. came to inspect the Miss Rockaway Armada. We passed! With flying colors (more or less).

A sergeant from the Sheriff’s Dept. was overheard on his phone saying, “If I called in a report on this, no one would believe it.” One of the Coast Guard officers commented, “I wouldn’t be caught dead on that thing…that doesn’t mean it wouldn’t be a lot of fun.”

In all seriousness, the Coast Guard was professional, respectful, and definitely had our safety in mind. We’ll be in contact with them throughout the trip.