Monday, September 5, 2011

Days 366-368        West Basin Marina
St. Joseph, MI
Friday, August 26 - Sunday, August 28, 2011

 Approaching St. Joseph beach

 West Basin Marina

 West Basin Marina office

Docked at West Basin fuel dock

 Bruce has his butt in a sling again!

 St. Joseph River Yacht Club

 View of the club pool from the 3rd floor of the yacht club

 Yacht club lawn and patio bar

Jeff, Linda, and Brenda at the yacht club

Popular water fountain playground in downtown St. Joseph with Lake Michigan in the background

Artwork along the St. Joseph River

Schu's Restaurant

Krista, our fun server at Schu's

Jeff, Linda, Chris, Jim, Brenda, and Bruce at Schu's

Lake Michigan was calm and smooth on Friday, so we traveled for more than 8 hours to St. Joseph.  West Basin had only one slip available which they assigned to Jeremiah.  Dream Catcher stayed on the fuel dock.  We walked with Linda and Jeff to the nearby St. Joseph River Yacht Club for cocktails on the patio by the water and a casual pub food dinner at the clubhouse.  The clubhouse was originally a Lighthouse Depot that was completed in 1893.  It served as the primary supply and buoy repair for all of Lake Michigan.   The tracks for the trams, and turntables used to switch the trams, are still in evidence on the floors and sidewalk to the river where the supply tenders were docked for loading and unloading.  It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.   
On Saturday Bruce and Chris drove to St. Joseph from Saugatuck where they are staying on Bade Boomer until it is pulled for the season.   A big congratulations to Bruce and Chris for completing America’s Great Loop!  We had a great time traveling together! 
Along with Jeff and Linda we rode our bikes to downtown St. Joseph where Chris and Bruce met us for lunch at Schu’s.  When they left for the Michigan City boat show, the 4 of us checked out the farmer’s market and a few other shops, and then rode back to the marina.  In the evening we again enjoyed cocktails on the patio and dinner at the St. Joseph River Yacht Club. 
On Sunday Bruce and Chris once more drove down from Saugatuck and took all of us to the grocery store.  We always appreciate the opportunity to stock up.  Thanks, Bruce and Chris!    
For dinner we had our first-ever “fresh tomato with sauteed red pepper on French bread” sandwich thanks to Linda.  She always comes up with “the best ever”!   
Total miles:  66      Total bridges:  0       Total locks:  0

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