Sunday, June 30, 2013

South Haven, Michigan In Our Rear View Mirror

Has it already been a month since we arrived in South Haven?   We've visited a number of places and learned a great deal about southwestern Michigan.   Hopefully, we'll return to South Haven in August on our way back south. 

Our friends, Dick and Lynn Callaghan, arrived in South Haven a couple of days ago and we've really enjoyed seeing them.  Dick's birthday was 6/28, so we celebrated with a delicious cookout at their coach. 

The Callaghan's are at Sunnybrook, another South Haven RV resort, on a lake site, and Dick was able to "practice" catching fish in preparation for his big birthday party.  Lynn gave Dick an offshore fishing trip on Lake Michigan and I was invited to be their guest!  RV was busy prepping our coach for our early departure. We had a successful  day of fishing on the Silver King, a 30 foot Sea Ray with a 12 foot beam and captained by Jeff Morris with South Haven Fishing Charters.

   We departed South Haven Marina at 6:30 a.m. and the weather couldn't have been more perfect for Dick Callaghan's birthday party!  After travelling about 16 miles west on Lake Michigan to one of several places our captain and first mate began placing our fishing gear, etc. in the water --- down rigs, up rigs - you can tell I don't know what I'm talking about.  There were about 8 poles in the water at one time in about 160 feet deep water.  I caught the first fish, a coho salmon (10 - 12 pounds),  not because I am an accomplished fisherman, but because we agreed I would catch the first one, Lynn the second, and Dick the third.  Altogether we caught 4 coho salmon and 2 steelhead trout (very large rainbow trout).  They were beautiful...and shoulders are sore. This evening we enjoyed grilled salmon for dinner, Caesar salad and wild rice with roasted Michigan asparagus.  Talk about fresh....a few hours ago our coho salmon was swimming in the chilly waters of Lake Michigan! 
We'll leave the beautiful harbor town of South Haven on Monday morning, July 1, and drive about 4 hours north toward Traverse City, MI for the month of July. This will be our first Annual Cherry Festival in Traverse City.  We're looking forward to seeing several of our friends in the Traverse City, MI area and getting to know this part of Michigan as well.  

Michigan comes to Florida in the winter and Florida goes to Michigan in the summer.  Interesting, true, and we now understand why.
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