Sunday, November 2, 2014

South Haven Weekend Getaway


Daydreaming of Lake Michigan
 On a Monday in August, halfway through the day at work, we decided to we needed to run away on the boat for the weekend... somewhere on the Southern coast of Michigan.  Calling around, I finally found a slip available at South Haven's South Municipal Marina. A 40 foot slip, a little too big for 26 foot Seapickle, but a slip nonetheless. :-)  With something to look forward to, we made it through the rest of the workweek and drove up the coast on Friday afternoon, pulling Seapickle on the trailer, almost 2 hours to South Haven.
About to get ready to launch in South Haven
 
Black River Park Launch Ramp (too short)
Hmmm... will we make it?
We arrived to Black River Park launch ramp in the late afternoon, launched and tied to the too-short dock.  I had called the Municipal Marina on the drive up and was told we could leave the truck/trailer for the weekend in the parking lot there.  Even though South Haven is such a short trip from home, we had never taken Seapickle!  We enjoyed the trip down the river from the ramp, with just one scary moment when we weren't quite sure if the boat would clear the bridge (it did). :-)

Boater's Beach?? Well.. 2 boats
Happy as could be :-)
At the last moment, instead of turning into the marina, we continued down the channel to the lake... in search of the South Haven version of "boater's beach."  There weren't many boats out, but a few were anchored just off shore of Van Buren State Park, so we joined them!  It was still a few hours til sunset, and the water was a perfect 78 degrees.  It's so interesting to me how every beach/shore along Lake Michigan is different, with a slightly different color/feel of sand and size/color rocks.  We swam and walked the beach for an hour or so, then headed back to the marina to find our slip before sunset.

Headed in to find our slip at South Haven Municipal Marina South
"Baby" Seapickle
Our slip was just inside the Municipal Marina South - hard to miss between 2 boats MUCH bigger than Seapickle.  A nice couple from Chicago helped us dock, and we got to work getting settled in (lines tied, power cord, etc). After a quick rest, checking in, and some people watching on the dock, we went out in search of dinner!  We're usually pretty late dinner eaters, so most times we end up at some type of bar/pub... and this time didn't disappoint.  We ordered the fish 'n chips and perch at Black River Tavern, and both were very good.  We really enjoyed the atmosphere too, but got out just before karaoke was set to begin and took the short walk back to the boat.

A wonderful "first" day in South Haven for Seapickle!

Seapickle II anchored outside Van Buren State Park