Friday, October 26, 2007

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Sunday, July 02, 2006

Always remember... Happiness is the journey not the destination.

Saturday, July 01, 2006

Kismet's... Welcome Home!!! Charlevoix, Michigan - 7/1/06

We are so excited to be coming home to Charlevoix, all of our friends and family.

We got quite a reception from our boating buddies at the bridge as we approached. It was fun to see them run from there to our slip to help us dock. Our friendly harbor master, Hal radioed us to bring her in. Our slip (#5) was decorated with balloons and a welcoming sign at the end of the dock along with our friends and marina crew to help us in. The marina was having their July 4th picnic and they included a celebration for us at the same time. A very festive day for us... one we will NEVER forget. Thank you, everyone, for the big "welcome back". It is such a warm feeling to know that you are missed by those you care about.

Friday, June 30, 2006

Last Day - Mackinaw Island, Michigan USA - 6/30/06

This was, for us, two days of winding down, reflection and some private celebrating before we set off on the last leg of our trip, to Charlevoix.

We took a long hike around the upper Island and had, at our favorite lunch restaurant, bloody Mary's. Then Lisa did some shopping while Jim napped back at the boat. Then we had a "last night" dinner at the Iroquois Hotel to celebrate the end of "this" adventure. We toasted to a trip well done and to each other for making another dream come true.

Thursday, June 29, 2006

Mackinaw Island, Michigan USA - 6/29-30/06

We left in somewhat rough waters but not too bad. We were surprised by how many empty slips in Mackinaw Island. They are usually full this time of year. We arrived late afternoon as one of our engines was acting up, we think from some bad gas we got a while back.

Mackinaw Island is one of our most favorite places in the world.

Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Presque Isle, Michigan USA - 6/28/06

We left Wednesday morning to cross Lake Huron. We got up about 5:00 and left our anchorage with a beautiful sunrise and mostly clear skies, calm waters for the most part but heavy fog a few miles out that lasted until we were almost on top of Presque Isle, MI.

A beautiful marina here. State of the art gas dock. Hardly any boats here though. We are excited now to be able to spend a few days on Mackinaw Island before we return home.

Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Penetanguishene / Lion's Head / Tobermory, Georgian Bay-Canada - 6/25-27/06

We spent one night at Beacon Bay Marina. Had a great dinner, at Scully's, in Midland with Rick and Mary, on the other Kismet, and left the next morning for Lion's Head Marina in Lion's Head, Ontario. Didn't do much as the weather was rather gloomy. Tuesday morning we left for Tobermory where we anchored in the larger bay. A beautiful, quiet anchorage.

Sunday, June 25, 2006

Trent Severn Waterway-Canada - Big Chute Marine Railway and the LAST LOCK!!! - 6/25/06

Today we left our peaceful anchorage and headed for the Big Chute Marine Railway just a few miles up river from where we anchored.

We approached the carriage contraption that they load the boats on and they loaded a sailboat on the front side and loaded us behind them. The carriage begins moving up the hill, over a street, toward the hill that descends down to the water, even as we are still getting settled on the sling. 20% of our boat was hanging of the back end of the carriage portion of the chute. It was probably about a 5 minute ride to the other side.

When we were off the chute we headed for the LAST LOCK of our trip. We have gone through about 110 locks on this trip. It was an experience but we are glad they are behind us.

We headed through Detroit Severn Sound toward Penetanguishene and the Beacon Bay Marina.