Hello from Florida! Thought I would “dust off the cobwebs” on the blog and report that we will soon be rejoining our boat in Drummond Island, MI. We will fly back to Michigan on June 17th. A little later than we had anticipated due to the very cold winter they experienced up there this winter. That cold vortex froze everything solid up there. And even now in June, there have been morning temperatures in the low 40’s. But I for one, am looking forward to the cooler temps as it has been in the high 90’s here in South Florida.

We are truly getting excited about our return. We plan to spend another month in Canada (North Channel & Georgian Bay) then start heading south to Mackinaw Island, MI, the Michigan coast and some of the Wisconsin side. We will shoot for early September in Chicago then start down the inland rivers. We don’t have any plans in concrete (not supposed to) but figure it will take us 4 – 6 months before returning home.

As a follow up to our return trip home last September, we had a great time on our road trip. Upon leaving Drummond Island on September 27th, we headed north to Marquette, MI (in our new Ford Explorer) so we could stick our feet in Lake Superior. The lake was clear and already very cold. Beautiful area and we enjoyed a visit to the Marquette Maritime Museum which has tons of information about the wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald and much more about the area. After spending the night in Marquette, we took a beautifully scenic drive to Green Bay, Wisconsin and had lunch at the Packer’s Stadium Lambeau Field.

Then it was time to visit friends, Ramah & Judd, who live just outside of Chicago and spent 2 nights with them. We arranged to meet our new friends, Dan & Nancy, that we met in Drummond Island as they live 10 minutes from Ramah & Judd. The six of us enjoyed a great dinner together. On Saturday, the Cubs were playing so we bought tickets and headed into Chicago for the game. Great time at the game and on the way home.

After bidding our friends “The Judds” goodbye, we headed south to Nashville, TN. Had a great day walking the streets, enjoying the pubs and  restaurants and the Johnny Cash museum which is really worth while. Spent the night in a hotel just outside of Nashville then headed south in the morning. Destination Pensacola to visit our son Ryan, daughter-in-law Kristen and grand kids Riley, Kaity & Katrina. Spent a few nights enjoying the family then it was time to head home. Arrived home on October 5th after our 9 day road trip. It was great to be home for the last 8 months but we are now ready to finish the Loop and bring our Tiara home. Stayed tuned and we be back in a few weeks!