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Buckda posted 10-21-2008 07:32 PM ET (US)   Profile for Buckda   Send Email to Buckda  

On Saturday afternoon, I had opportunity to run the Outrage from Grand Haven, Michigan to Holland, Michigan for dinner. The trees in mid-Michigan are at about 80 percent of peak color and there is crispness to the air that invigorates the soul, if it doesn’t raise some gooseflesh on your arms.

Armed with Mills Canvas, extra warm clothes, knit hats, gloves and two thermos’ filled with Ghirardelli Hot Cocoa, three of us set out from the city launch at Grand Haven just after 5:00 PM.

After a nice cruise on Spring Lake, we transited the Grand River and entered a flat calm lake Michigan for a spectacular sunset. Not wanting to eat too late in the evening, we ran south along the shore in about 20 feet of water at 4,000 RPM (about 38-40 mph) and entered the Holland channel as the last remnants of sunlight faded on the Western horizon.

We transited Lake Macatawa and tied up at Boatwerks Restaurant in Holland, where we discovered that we would have to wait an hour and a half for a table. Not being THAT patient, we proceeded to walk into town and enjoyed a fine meal at a small restaurant on 8th Street. Holland is a beautiful little city, with a great downtown, including amenities such as a Civic Theater, a world-class educational institution (Hope College) and upscale stores. We enjoyed the walk and the meal.

We left the restaurant just after 9:00 PM to head back to the boat. The temperature had dropped from the upper 50’s earlier in the day to the low-mid 40’s, but the breeze had died to complete calm. An orange harvest moon was rising in the east over the wake of the boat as we left the restaurant docks and headed across Lake Macatawa toward Lake Michigan.

As we went along, you could smell the scent of burning leaves and the crispness of the coming frost on the air. The stars were blazing, despite a nearly full moon that was rising.

We exited the pier at Holland and made way north towards Grand Haven. On the way, we broke out the hot cocoa and enjoyed a steaming mug of hot delicious goodness.

As we pulled in to Grand Haven, we could hear someone on the pier exclaim “They were out there in that little boat at this time of year?!”

I smiled as we made our way to the launch ramp. By this time the temperature had dropped and the river was steaming fog, making navigation a little more difficult. We found our way nonetheless and had the boat on the trailer by a little past midnight. As I secured the boat to the trailer, I made note of the temperature: 36 degrees. We sipped our cocoa, ran the heater in the truck and had a nice drive back home. Great trip.

MarthaB posted 10-22-2008 06:41 PM ET (US)     Profile for MarthaB  Send Email to MarthaB     
Just think what the people would have said if you still had "Gambler" on the side of the Outrage.

Winter is just around the corner, our Sunday night forecast is calling for snow.

BW 1 is in her shed, but the door is not buttoned up.

mateobosch posted 10-23-2008 06:04 PM ET (US)     Profile for mateobosch  Send Email to mateobosch     
where did you eat? I miss my home town!
mateobosch posted 10-23-2008 06:11 PM ET (US)     Profile for mateobosch  Send Email to mateobosch     
where did you eat? There are so many good choices!
Buckda posted 10-24-2008 06:34 PM ET (US)     Profile for Buckda  Send Email to Buckda     
Matt -

I don't remember the name - it was a bar and grill - but a nice atmosphere and menu. When Boatwerks was such a long wait, we were hungry and happy to find a place that seemed only partly full and had a nice menu. It's on the south side of 8th street about a block and a half east from the Civic Center parking lot. Wood accented interior with nostalgic posters and photos on the wall from Michigan/Holland area back in the 1800's and turn of the century (early 1900's).

It was fun. No such luck for this weekend - raining now, and forecast all weekend. It may snow on Monday.

fourdfish posted 10-24-2008 08:22 PM ET (US)     Profile for fourdfish  Send Email to fourdfish     
I have to hand it to you Dave. I wish we could still do those
kinds of trips. Do it as long as you can because someday it will become tough to do!
mateobosch posted 10-25-2008 09:40 PM ET (US)     Profile for mateobosch  Send Email to mateobosch     

not sure by the description really where you went. Oh well, glad to hear you enjoyed your time out.

Holland is a great town. I hope to meet you for a beer at Boatwerks sometime next summer.

Moose posted 10-30-2008 09:47 AM ET (US)     Profile for Moose  Send Email to Moose     
New Holland Brewing?

Curragh Irish Pub?

Buckda posted 10-30-2008 10:10 AM ET (US)     Profile for Buckda  Send Email to Buckda     
8th Street Pub?

It was 8th street something...8th street bar and grill?

high sierra posted 11-01-2008 11:36 AM ET (US)     Profile for high sierra  Send Email to high sierra     
Dave, I use to live in Holland working at Chris Craft. You describe the area to a tee. The Chris Craft plant was a outstanding place to work . The smell of the wood being shaped and the beautiful craft was intoxicating. We would take the boats down to Macatawa to test run all the boats headed overseas. Breathtaking during tulip time and the falls were very memorable with the colorful leaves and smells. I won't describe the winters. high sierra
mateobosch posted 11-04-2008 09:51 PM ET (US)     Profile for mateobosch  Send Email to mateobosch     
You got it, 8th Street Grill is a good place.Dave, you should take a winter trip downtown Holland as well. The sidewalks have a nice snowmelt system underneath them keeping them thawed all winter long. Maybe leave the boat inside though unless your as crazy as me and like to drive around icebergs.Matt

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