Tomorrow the plan is to start down the rivers

We enter the river, just north of the DuSable Marina where we are tonight.  There is a lock with about a 1 foot drop to the river. The river will take us right through the heart of Chicago under many bridges.

The mast and antennas are lowered to get under the bridges.  While staying in Chicago, we toured Navy pier, rode the 200 foot tall Ferris wheel, and much more.

The first two nights we stayed on the wall in Monroe harbor next to the Chicago Yacht Club.  We toured the Columbia Yacht Club which is an old ship with a stately interior. We had lunch in the bar which has mahogany counters and lots of shinny brass.

We are seeing lots of loopers in the area.

Tomorrow Amanda leaves to go back to Grand Rapids. It was an unexpected treat for her to be able to travel with us.  When her ride to Grand Rapids fell through, we got an extra day with her.  We did not know she would be able to go with us, but it worked out great for her to spend some time traveling on the boat.  It will be sad to see her leave.




Inside the Columbia Yacht Club


Henry driving the ship


The bow of the ship that house the Columbia Yacht Club


Entry to Columbia Yacht Club

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Panorama from Columbia Bridge




Ferris Wheel at Navy Pier


View from Ferris wheel

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Sanctuary in Chicago



Crossed the Big Lake and now docked in Chicago, just off Lakeshore Dr.

We left Saugatuck for Chicago early yesterday. The crossing was uneventful but somewhat rough for a few hours mid day, when the 3’+ waves were on the beam. We changed course for a more comfortable ride, until the wind and waves were reduced and we got back on course, arriving in Chicago around 6 pm.

More details and pictures to follow soon …







The Great Loop Adventure Begins

Today we started on our Great Loop Adventure.  We said “see you later”  not good-by to the many great friends at our home marine, Lakeshore Yacht Harbor.  We are exited to have our daughter Amanda and dear friends Henry and Mary Kuyt, traveling with us.  Scott and Karen Devoll and their son Alan are traveling with us on their boat “Last Call”.


There was a great send off for us at the marina.

We left a couple days early to take advantage of the good weather predicted for today and tomorrow.   The lake was flat and the skies were clear.  It was a great travel day on Lake Michigan.  We traveled south from Muskegon to Saugatuck and anchored in the lake in front of Coral Gables.

We had to fill up with fuel before we left…..  that was traumatic.



The send off from LYH


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Sanctuary Leaving LYH




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