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Frankfort to Holland

Posted on August 19, 2019

Tuesday, August 13 – Frankfort. Spent a quiet and lazy day working on the blog and reading. We had dinner plans with Mark & Patty from Speedy Delivery. They came over to our boat for a cocktail then we headed to dinner at Dinghy’s which was a 5 minute walk from our slip. Enjoyed a nice dinner and bottle of Meiomi. (photo of Patty dining on giant turkey leg) Frankfort is a quaint little town and was originally named after a man named Frank. Frank’s neighbors chided him about the fort he built around his house to protect his doors from the snow drifts and thus calling it “Frank’s Fort”. Wednesday, August 14 – Ludington. Departed for Ludington early in the morning and while…

Harbor Springs to Frankfurt

Posted on August 13, 2019

Monday / Tuesday, August 5th/6th – Harbor Springs, MI. Wow! What a week. Better settle in as there is lots to tell. The whole week has been busy catching up with so many friends. We ended last week’s blog having just arrived in Harbor Springs. On Monday night, Andy & Kathy Mitchell from Fort Lauderdale invited us to dinner when they heard we were in Harbor Springs. Andy & Kathy have a cottage (house) about 20 minutes away from Harbor Springs in Brutus, MI. Andy wanted to take us to Rodrigo’s, a Mexican restaurant because he said they have the “best” frozen pina colada’s anywhere. Andy explained that the best pain killers were in the British Virgin Islands (agree) and best prickly pear margaritas…

Gore Bay, Ontario to Harbor Springs, MI

Posted on August 5, 2019

Sunday/ Monday, July 28-29th. We bid farewell to Gore Bay on Sunday morning after 3 days at the marina. Our destination was to be The Benjamin and Croker Islands in the North Channel. However, the anchorages that were favorable for the anticipated wind direction and speed were already crowded. We don’t care for crowded anchorages so we decided to head back to Hotham Island as it is a long and protected area with many places to anchor. We passed up many of the popular anchorages and selected one that we had to ourselves. Once settled, we took the tender for a long cruise to explore. We were anchored in a fairly large area where we had seen as many as 4 boats anchored the…

Sault Ste. Marie to Gore Bay

Posted on July 28, 2019

Friday, July 19th- Sault Saint Marie. Bob and I flew back to The Soo from Fort Lauderdale and arrived back at the marina just after 4pm. We caught up with some of our new friends from the marina. Judy & Randy, on Tuition Free, who are locals and are building a house in Venice, FL; Jody & Norman from Fort Lauderdale, on JoJoFa, who are loopers that we met last year at Shady Harbor Marina in NY (who are also on the multi-year plan) and Don & Glynis from the U.K. who are also loopers. Sadly, when Don & Glynis arrived into the marina the day before I flew out to join Bob in Fort Lauderdale, Glynis fell off the back of the boat…

Hilton Beach to Sault St. Marie

Posted on July 6, 2019

Monday, July 1st. Departed Hilton Beach (Ontario) in the morning and made our way to The Soo. Upon departing, we realized that our steering system needed attention so once we got out of the bumpy bay and into protected calm waters, we added hydraulic fluid and were on our way again. The route to and from The Soo and Lake Superior is a channel that is used by the big freighters (called Lakers here). Its common to see 800′ Lakers coming at you or from behind and they don’t slow down or move for the pleasure craft. But we arrived at the George Kemp Marina safely. The marina is located next to the American locks (primarily commercial) and across the river from the Canadian…

Drummond to Hilton – 6/24 – 6/30

Posted on July 1, 2019

Monday, 6/24. It was a good thing that we decided to head back from the anchorage Sunday afternoon instead of Monday morning. Woke up to rain, rain and more rain. It rained all day and night. Sometimes a light drizzle, sometimes intermediate and sometimes hard. While the temperature was in the 60’s, the dampness made it feel much cooler. Bob and I were bundled up all day and night with socks and jackets. The highlight of the day was lunch at Northwood to watch the women’s  world cup soccer with USA playing Spain. USA won 2 to 1. Tuesday, 6/25. You may wonder why we aren’t moving from this location and marina. We have been waiting to find out if Bob needs to fly…

Drummond Island- 6/17 – 6/23

Posted on June 24, 2019

Monday, 6/17. And so our journey and blog on the Loop continues. I landed in Sault St. Marie (pronounced Sue Saint Marie) on Monday afternoon. I had arranged a pickup from the airport with Gay, the marina owner’s sister, and my flight was almost an hour late. The “Soo” airport is about 56 miles from the marina. Gay was kind enough to stop by the grocery store so I could pick up essentials for the boat i.e. water, wine, half & half for my coffee, and some breakfast items. I had been a bit anxious about the boat’s condition after being stored for 8 months but found it in better condition than I imagined. The interior was clean and devoid of any dust, spiders…