Today was the field trip for the boat cruise in Point Pleasant Beach, NJ. We had nearly a dozen people with rollator walkers, and they were first to board the Rhoads motorcoach, while the walkers were placed in the luggage compartment. The driver, Martine, was very helpful in loading passengers and walkers. It was a full busload!
The motorcoach was definitely more comfortable for the two-hour drive to Point Pleasant, and included a restroom stop.
We arrived at The Shrimp Boat for our lunch of pre-ordered entrées. Two waitresses ran ragged serving the large group. Small glitch in that it was a choice of soup or salad, not both, and the salad was from a salad bar. Large portions of decent food. Kent had the stuffed shrimp, and I had the broiled salmon, both with baked potato and sautéed vegetables.
Our next stop was a mere block away, but we all boarded the bus for the ride over, then we all piled off. Next was embarkation on the River Belle, an 1989 reproduction Mississippi Paddle Wheel River boat, which included many steps. The River Belle crew was extremely helpful with those needing assistance.
A blast of the steam whistle and we were off.
|The Rhoads motorcoach at the River Belle dock|
|Steps, more steps, a gangplank...|
|The stern paddle wheel does not appear to be attached to any motor|
|River Belle life ring buoy|
|Forest of fishing boat masts in the Broadway Basin|
|Passing The Shrimp Boat where we had lunch|
|Loughran Point with a statue of a fisherman at the Fishermen's Memorial|
(2000) that is dedicated to locals who lost their lives at sea
|River Belle's sister boat, the River Queen|
|Our turnaround point was at Crystal Point Yacht Club|
|The Point Pleasant Canal (1925, as the Manasquan River-Bay Head Canal)|
was built to connect the Manasquan River
to Barnegat Bay as part of the Intracoastal Waterway
|We did see an osprey at this nest|
|Clark's Landing, where a boat building business (c 1872) was started by|
Roderick Clark, a Civil War veteran who fought with General Grant
|Route 35 Drawbridge/Veterans of All Wars Memorial Bridge (1952)|
|Brielle Drawbridge is a railroad bascule bridge (1911)|
|The single track of the Brielle Drawbridge|
|Plant-covered shoals at Crabtown Creek|
|A point of man-made Gull Island, the repository of dredging spoils|