Thursday, March 29, 2007

Springtime In Bayview

Sunlight sparkles across Scenic Bay. Boats from the various marinas slowly edge toward Hudson Bay Resort, towed by small kicker boats, waiting their turn to be De-Winterized. The quiet is so profound you imagine the sound of fish swimming by. The long Winter wait is over. This resort, owned and operated by the McDonald Family, Features owner Jim McDonald, former State Legislator, and Managed by Son Gary.

The Sun has arrived at last in Bayview. Spring is here and the Village of Bayview readies for the Summer Season. Every year at this time, boat owners from Coeur d'Alene, Spokane and surrounding towns prepare their boats and float homes for the Summer Season to come.

Naval experimental vessels cruise back and forth from the Navy acoustical Research Base at the head of the bay, testing and developing new techniques for quieter, stealthy craft, both submarine and surface types.

Pile drivers and construction crews scurry about at the old Bayview Marina as new owners tear down and rebuild the docks and shoreline. The Buttonhook Restaurant has recently re-opened for the season, joining JD's, Terry's Cafe, a breakfast lunch establishment and The Captains Wheel Restaurant,Operated by Michael McFarland, former Kootenai County Commissioner, Bayview's only year round dinner house and Lounge.

Scenic Bay Marina, on the North side of the bay teams with activity, in the constant battle with nature, rebuilding and replacing older docks. The Bitter End Marina, catering to sailboats occupies the eastern most position with hundreds of sail craft of all sizes. This marina is owned and operated by Dick and Shirley Hanson. Dick is a former Idaho Fish & Game Commissioner. They also host a bed and breakfast, Dromore Manor.

Vista Bay Marina which sits at the extreme Southeast corner of the bay, features moorage, and a lodge which has morphed into a bar with light snacks, complimenting the dock and boater shower facilities.

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