Archive for September, 2010

September 22-27 Bon Voyage Saugatuck – Hello Chicago!

Tuesday, September 28th, 2010


With a windy front forecasted to come through in a couple days we decided to leave Saugatuck a day early & ended up with a relatively smooth trip to Michigan City, Indiana with our friend Ben aboard.  We ended arriving with a glorious sunset off our starboard & a full moon rising off our port.  It was magical.  We were joined in MC by our friends Erik & Joe where we docked at the historic lighthouse. The next day we cruised into the Burnham Marina in Chicago giving us a headstart on a weekend in one of our favorite cities.  Evenings included a wonderful Italian restaurant with our friends & crew, an amazing dinner at Gibsons Steak House, cocktails aboard our friend Chris’s 83′ Burger (Goodtimes), a night out on the town, a cocktail party onboard for Trip’s cousins Chris, Kim, Patrick & their families & a dinner with our friend Peter from Saugatuck & Chicago.  Once again we were reminded about one of the special parts of this whole voyage, namely catching up with friends & family who join us along our journey.  We were also able to spend time with old friends Mark, Matt & Chadd as well as new friends Victor, John, Chris, Peter, Gabe & Ryan.  Lots of excursions, museums & shopping on Michigan Avenue rounded out our weekend.  Next step, Tally-Ho’s bimini & mast come down for the 2nd time to continue south. 

September 1-22 Summer to Autumn in Saugatuck

Tuesday, September 28th, 2010


It was a real treat for us to stay later in Saugatuck.  Our normal routine had us leaving right after Labor Day.  We enjoyed several more fun cocktail/dinner cruises aboard Tally-Ho with friends, house guests & relatives.  We also had several benefit functions aboard that we donated to our local community.  We enjoyed a Macatawa Bay Boat Works cruise for our good friend Jon with all of his employees & a rocking party for 35 friends to kick off Labor Day weekend with our friends and houseguests Judith from Los Angeles & Mark from Chicago.  We were also able to host a Van Wieren dinner cruise for several of Alan’s neices & nephews, including Jan & Paul, Chris, Barb & Jackie & Larry.  All in all it was a gorgeous ending to a wonderful summer in Saugatuck-our summer home and favoite summer spot for over 10 years…