Wednesday, August 29, 2012

New Buffalo, MI to Hammond, IN

Days on cruise:  158
Distance traveled:  40.2 miles
Travel Time:  4 hrs, 3 minutes
Total trip odometer:  3,239 statute miles

We've been huge social butterflies lately. Laura and Ross on “The Zone”, our Big Sister Ship, a 52-foot Jefferson, pulled into New Buffalo Monday afternoon, so we met them for dinner at  Brewster’s Italian Café.
We hadn’t seen them since Solomons, MD on the Chesapeake Bay, so it was a happy reunion! And after dinner Cathryn’s long-time friend Karen and her Michigan next-door neighbor Lindsey came for a last visit before our departure.

Tuesday morning brought light wind and calm seas as forecast, with only a rolling swell, so we made good time across Lake Michigan to Hammond, Indiana.
Bethlehem Steel on the Michigan shore appears to make it’s own weather as the rest of the sky was clear and blue.
As we closed in on Hammond, Indiana we could see the magnificent Chicago skyline in the distance.
We settled in at Hammond Marina 14 miles from Chicago where they have a $25/night special going, a good place to stay for some grocery shopping and to get the boat cleaned and ready for guests Friday.
Late in the day we heard from “Time and Tide” telling us they, along with “Flying Free” and “Wild Goose” were here and gathering for dinner on the dock, so we joined them for a nice evening with an almost full moon in the background: another great reunion!

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