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Section 9 (continued)

Lake Michigan

(Photos taken between September 10 and 18, 1999)

 

While we had a car rented, we drove to the Sleeping Bear dunes to see them up close.   Rather impressive sand pile.

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In Frankfort, we tied up to a long face dock in a small lake.  It is a nice anchorage.

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Already, boats are coming out of the water in anticipation of winter.

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We stayed at the Anchorage Marina in Holland.  A nice marina in a very nice town.   This is a close-up of how they bring all boat utilities together in one place.   This is about the best situation we've encountered in the whole trip.

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This is the same view from a little further back.  Low water was not a problem for us, our deck was exactly at dock level and very convenient.

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In Holland, our dock is adjacent to a small park, and across the street from condos.   Civilization!

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On our way into Saugatuck, we passed dredging operations.

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Saugatuck is on the Kalamazoo River, and along the entrance is the Broward Michigan yard.  Home James is ready for sea trials.

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Further along the entrance are some swans--first we've seen on the trip.

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One came near for a handout.

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In Saugatuck, one of our favorite destinations on the trip, is an ancient (1839) chain ferry.  It is primitive but still works.

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The ferry is pulled along a chain which is stretched across the waterway.  Passing boats need to be careful and not pass closely so that the chain can sink back to the bottom.

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And, it is hand powered!  Note the crank on the white box in the center of the picture.  They charge $1.00 for the 300 foot ride.

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Saugatuck is an artist colony.  Even the public restrooms are painted!

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Our dock was, again, near a park.  This gazebo is the site of summertime concerts.

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Here's the park as shot from our pilot house.  Close but no invitations to dinner.

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Our last stop in Michigan is South Haven, only 68 miles as the crow flies from Chicago.   Since it is across water I assume the crow has water wings...  This is Interlude at dock.

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In South Haven there is a small museum and a Coast Guard exhibit on search and rescue boats. Very interesting.  Search and Rescue has been a big role for the Coast guard for a century or more.  Lake Michigan probably has more than its share of rescues.

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It's hard to describe how beautiful the fall weather is.  Today, in South Haven, it's a high of about 70, gentle breezes, crystal clear water and skies.  Not bad.   This is a view of another marina across the Black River from where Interlude is docked.

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