Just Relax travel blog

Charlovois is a charming town

tooling around at anchor

Drummond, Island. Back in USA

We see many interesting boats. We traveled some with Double J

8/2, 3 Little Current

This is the last town for us in Canada, it appears. 2 days here site seeing. The best hamburger of the trip has been had here. So good in fact, John went back the 2nd day for another. Laundry... Boaters, Bruce & Jeanne invited us over for a social last nite, as some left over flotilla members are here with us. As we compare notes with others, we are all spreading out as the days go by. 2 boats are dead in the water with engine problems, one is cutting his trip short due to anxiety of the trip, and another was met this morning cutting his trip short due to knee replacement. Another is delayed due to another knee injury, but show make it OK. Another is finishing the final few weeks alone as his wife had to return home. And yet another had an unexpected death at home, so will delay for awhile. We have all of these in our prayers, as this journey has its casulties reminding us constantly that this is not a trip of leasure, but truly adventure.

8/9 Gore Bay to Charlevoix, MI

W left Little Current in very rough water & made only a few miles & holed up in Gore Bay, ONT for a day. It is on the largest fresh water isle in the world we understand. Took it easy, sightseeing & off the next day for the good ole USA. Cleared customs in Drummond, MI which is a isle north of Lake Huron. Customs was very good, filled up with cheap gas - LOL - $3.60/gal which was great after Canada of well over $4.00. Stayed only long enough for this & on to DeTour Village on a cut into the west part of Huron. Visited for a day in this quaint town where huge ships cut thru on their way to Lk Superior. VERY high winds forcasted for Lk MI/Huron made us worry, but they were out of the north coming across the Upper Pennsula so we took a shot. While we could not go very fast, this proved a good decision. The next day made St. Ignace, MI which is across from Mackinac Island. We heard this was a better place to stay versus the isle & after a ferry ride to the famous isle, we can see why this is a preferred stop for boats. Stayed an extra day after more high winds. We continue to see loopers along the way as we spread out. Next stop was here going under the famous Mackinac bridge. What an amazing 4 days we hvae had getting here. This area is also beautiful with very clear waters. Put Miss L on plane since the winds were out of the SE. Usually winds out of west here which is rough, but so far lucky as we hear from seasoned boaters that travel the oceans that the Gr. Lakes can be rougher than the seas. We see in all resturants/marinas pics of boats that have sunk up here. We learned yesterday of another looper who ran their boat up on rocks near here & are out of commission for awhile. Well, Miss L did not like the rougher water either, so we lost the prt transmission. A bolt broke, same as happened to us 2 yrs ago in the Keys. Checked eveything out with 2 boaters hanging with us, floating out in Lk Mich, to make sure we were safe. John did a temp repair & we made it here fine. Got a mechanic & we find nothing wrong other

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