An historic departure Saturday in Marietta as the Valley Gem Sternwheeler began a two day journey up the Muskingum River to Zanesville.
It's been 30 years since the Valley Gem has done what it was built to do - that is to travel the Muskingum River.
In order to do so, the vessel had to overcome quite a few obstacles.
Close to 50 passengers boarded the Valley Gem for the historic trip.
The boat is traveling through eight hand-operated locks.
Captain Don Sandford is hoping to make this a yearly tradition if the trip is a success.