St. Joesph, MI

IMG_9155We finally left Holland, Michigan Friday morning with good weather.  We only planned on staying two nights but due to strong winds and rain we stayed four days.  We had a great stay at Anchorage Marina and Greg the harbor master went out of his way to make us feel at home.  The weather this morning was cool, so different from last year when we started the trip.

IMG_9160I love how the sun shines on the water early in morning as its coming up.  We planned on a 36 mile day to St. Joseph, but the water was becoming uncomfortable so Kent followed the shore line and it added a few more miles.

IMG_9168This will be our last port in the state of Michigan.  Each port as you have noticed by my blog, has a break wall and its own unique light house to mark the entrance.  The inlet coming into St. Joseph has two of them St. Joseph North Pier Inner and Outer lights with the first stations built-in 1832 and the current light built-in 1906 & 1907.  It was decommissioned in 2005.

IMG_9170North Pier has its historic red-roofed lighthouse and one of the lake’s few surviving catwalks.  Since the late 1800s St. Joseph has been a tourist destination in Southwest Michigan.   The Sliver Beach Amusement Park graced the shores of St. Joseph from 1891-until it closed in 1971 attracting millions of patrons through the years.  Forty years later Silver Beach still draws a crowd.  Most days it’s a quiet place to take in the sun.  Some say if you listen closely to the summer breeze, you’ll hear the old band organ, playing a song of years gone by.

IMG_9177This cool sculpture is at the base of the pier at Silver Beach County Park.  The sculptures title is from the poem “And You Seas” by the French poet St John Perse 1887-1975.  Its welded Stainless Steel by Richard Hunt in 2002.

As we were entering the inlet to St. Joseph the ship Aplena which is 505 feet long by 66 feet wide was backing out of the inlet to Lake Michigan.  They look pretty big when they go past you.

We followed the channel up to the St. Joseph river and had to go through three bridges.  The CSX Railroad bridge constructed in 1904 for the Mere Marquette Railroad, Blossomland bridge which was high enough for us to navigate under, but we had to wait for the Bicentennial Bridge to open.   Anchor’s Way Marina our destination was right after the bridge.

Kent and I decided not to check out this town instead we had a relaxing night doing nothing.  The marina has a pool but the weather and water temperature were not in our favor.  I alway like to take a picture when we leave the marinas in the morning heading out to Lake Michigan.

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