Altar Call – Opelika-Auburn News
October 11, 2009
Cruising down the river on a Wednesday afternoon
Adventures tend to be less exciting as one grows older. Years age my wife and I climbed aboard the Scream Machine at Six Flags. We were young and daring – and foolish enough to think we could keep up with our teenage children. Gradually, out of respect for our hearts, we stayed off the thrilling rides.
Wednesday we joined a group from our church for a leisurely ride on the
For fifteen bucks apiece we were
treated to a box lunch (hamburgers or chicken fingers) and a one-hour cruise on
The scenery was less than spectacular. There was only a hint of color in the trees on the river banks. Racing along at six miles per hour, we passed under two power lines and two bridges. In the future the river boat owners might consider hiring some dancing girls to perform on the river bank. Or they could let the guests play bingo with the prize being a captain’s cap.
Captain John Bull and his crew did a good job herding us on and off the attractive three-decker boat. We had comfortable seats at small tables. After lunch many of the passengers walked out on the bow of the boat to enjoy the breeze and a better view.
“educational” part was elementary to say the least. The captain talked about
There has to
be a way to add some excitement to the fact that upstream the Coosa and the
Tallapoosa rivers join to become the Alabama River, and that downstream the
Alabama River becomes the
captain’s name, John Bull, was once the symbol of freedom for
Best of all, the good captain might
spend a day off in
Old folks would welcome the injection of more enthusiasm and fun in the Harriott II cruises. They might even want to come back for another ride and bring their friends.
And one more thing: spend a quarter more and serve some apple pie for dessert. “Grand Ma’s Chocolate Chip Cookies” are a better choice for a tailgate party. + + +