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Month: August 2018

I want a Hog

I want a Hog

August 31, 2018, Friday Port Washington, WI to Milwaukee, WI     23.1 nautical miles

43°02’58.1″N 87°53’15.2″W
43.049470, -87.887542
Elevation: 579 feet

Harley Davidson is celebrating its 115th Anniversary Labor Day Weekend in Milwaukee. The marina is packed and we are about .5 miles away from the celebration event. Blasting music, Harley rumbles, feral helicopters, airport takeoff/landing flight path and dock tails. It will not be a silent night.

We walked up to Glorioso’s Italian on Brady Street for groceries. Gloriosos is a must for any Milwaukee stop over. https://gloriosos.com/  The Brady Street Experience is part of the 115th Anniversary event.  It feels like a very low keyed Sturgis.

Having our boat in the marina this weekend would be sort of like having it parked on Snelling Avenue during “Back to the 50’s” car show weekend or the State Fair.

Milwaukee, WI

Good thing we are becoming sea dogs. Waves were 2-3 feet and building for today’s trip. Bring it on!

Milwaukee, WI harbor entrance
Milwaukee, WI harbor entrance and McKinley Marina

Brady Street Experience – the party is just starting

Milwaukee, WI Brady Street Experience – party just getting started
Milwaukee, WI Brady Street Experience
Milwaukee, WI Brady Street Experience
Milwaukee, WI Brady Street Experience – space alien or praying mantis?
Milwaukee, WI Brady Street Experience – space alien or praying mantis?
Milwaukee, WI Brady Street Experience
Milwaukee, WI Brady Street Experience
Milwaukee, WI Brady Street Experience – low riders
Milwaukee, WI Brady Street Experience – low riders
Milwaukee, WI Brady Street Experience – low riders
Milwaukee, WI Brady Street Experience – TOM you are looking the wrong way!!!!!!
Milwaukee, WI Brady Street Experience
Milwaukee, WI Brady Street Experience
Milwaukee, WI Brady Street Experience – big wheels  — note the beard
Milwaukee, WI Brady Street Experience – big wheels – ha ha red shoes to match
Milwaukee, WI Brady Street Experience – big wheels
Milwaukee, WI Brady Street Experience – big wheels
Milwaukee, WI Brady Street Experience – taxi

115th Harley Davidson Anniversary Event

Milwaukee, WI 115th Harley Davidson Anniversary entrance gate
Milwaukee, WI 115th Harley Davidson Anniversary
Milwaukee, WI 115th Harley Davidson Anniversary
Milwaukee, WI 115th Harley Davidson Anniversary – ferris wheel reflection
Milwaukee, WI 115th Harley Davidson Anniversary – plastic pants

Brady Street Experience – the party is picking up

Milwaukee, WI Brady Street Experience
Milwaukee, WI Brady Street Experience

 

 

yet another quaint town

yet another quaint town

August 30, 2018   Sheboygan, WI to Port Washington, WI  31.8 nautical miles

43°23’20.8″N 87°51’52.0″W
43.389096, -87.864435
Elevation: 580 feet

Imagine that!  A clear horizon 360 degrees view enroute to Port Washington, WI. The breakwater on the south side the harbor entrance had about a dozen fishermen on it as we departed this morning.  There were also about a dozen fishing boats immediately outside the entrance and in the channel. Approximately half of them were charter fisherman and half private. Probably fishing for walleye.

We had to slowly maneuver our way out to deeper water as the Sheboygan River swollen from all the rains washed a lot of garp, branches and trees into Lake Michigan.  We finally got clear of the garp about .75 miles out. Tom compared it to the Sargasso Sea.

All the fishermen Dale talked to yesterday said no one is catching any salmon. Dale still tried. (no luck)
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Fishing. Look at the color of the water! Beautiful day.

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Port Washington

Port Washington, WI harbor lighthouse

The closest bar in Port Washington was 30 feet from the end of our dock. We walked past it. (to another) Shake of the day!

Potty Pictures

Potty Pictures

August 29, 2018, Wednesday   Sheboygan, WI     0 nautical miles  12 statute miles estimated

43°45’07.5″N 87°42’05.6″W
43.752079, -87.701566
Elevation: 580 Feet

2 for 1 Looper Special.  Buy one night get one night free.  How could we pass that up? 8:00 am – Star Spangled Banner was played over the harbor by the Coast Guard and the flag was raised.  Off on the bikes for another adventure!  Mary was still having problems with her bike so she got it tuned up at Johnnie’s Bike Shop. Really eclectic little shop run by Patti, the daughter of the original owner.  Definitely a 5 star bike shop. (sorry, forgot to take pictures)

Mary has Boat Envy

Grand Sturdy 430. First boat Mary has seen that stirred a little boat envy.  The boat is made in Holland by the Lissen Yacht company.  https://www.linssenyachts.com/en/

Grand Sturdy 430 – Rope rub rail in a channel, tightened in by a stainless steel turnbuckle.

Art Cafe Food Truck

Sheboygan, WI Art Cafe Food Truck.  Joy, the owner of the food truck is standing by it holding freshly picked herbs.  The fenders were from an early 50’s Pontiac.  Sides are mostly old fashioned pressed ceiling tin.
Sheboygan, WI Art Cafe Food Truck
Sheboygan, WI Art Cafe Food Truck
Sheboygan, WI Art Cafe Food Truck – front grill is a cross between and old Buick and a Ford

 

Kohler Art Center https://www.jmkac.org/

Sheboygan, WI Kohler Art Center – The facade is the old Public Library
Sheboygan, WI Kohler Arts Center – behind the facade

Game of  Thones

Sheboygan, WI Kohler Arts Center
Sheboygan, WI Kohler Arts Center – castle
Sheboygan, WI Kohler Arts Center – castles
Sheboygan, WI Kohler Arts Center – castles

Potty Pictures

Sheboygan, WI Kohler Art Center – Womens – Shoes on bottom and hats on top
Sheboygan, WI Kohler Art Center – Womens Shoes (Sarah this one is for you)
Sheboygan, WI Kohler Art Center – Womens sinks
Sheboygan, WI Kohler Art Center – Womens
Sheboygan, WI Kohler Art Center – Womens wall
Sheboygan, WI Kohler Arts Center – Mens sinks
Sheboygan, WI Kohler Arts Center – Mens throne
Sheboygan, WI Kohler Arts Center – Mens urinals
Sheboygan, WI Kohler Arts Center – Mens ceiling

BTW – Dale took the mens pictures and Mary took the womens.

Days End

Sheboygan, MI
and another kickass storm

and another kickass storm

August 28, 2018   Manitowoc, WI to Sheboygan, WI   23.7 nautical miles and a lot of big waves

43°45’07.5″N 87°42’05.6″W
43.752079, -87.701566
Elevation: 580 Feet

We could actually see the Manitowoc Lighthouse for minutes leaving the harbor!  It didn’t last for long though. Fortunately the heavy fogged stayed with in a couple miles of shore so we traveled outside the fog bank. Just to keep us on our toes, water was a little rough.  The day ended as the past two has with a kickass storm and tornado sirens.  The fog horn is blowing in the background.

Leaving Manitowoc Harbor

Manitowoc Lighthouse – Unbelieveable NO fog leaving the harbor

Heading South

Waves were 1 to 4 feet with a few 5+ footers mixed in. It isn’t the size of the that really determines the splash, it’s more the space between them. If the distance is great enough the boat just kinda slips through them. A few of them the splash washed over the deck.

Splash.
How do you measure wave height? It seems like most boaters exaggerate the height of the waves. We don’t want to be those kind of boaters. Mary got out the tape measure.

Welcome to Sheboygan, WI

Sheboygan, WI Harbor. Red, right, return. Sheboygan River meets Lake Michigan. Do you see the fisherman?
Sailboat lessons. 15 minutes after this picture was taken the fog socked in and the tornado warning sirens went off.
Sheboygan, WI kick ass storm
Sheboygan, WI kick ass storm
Sheboygan, WI kick ass storm

 

 

 

 

 

Waiting out the Weather

Waiting out the Weather

August 27, 2018   Manitowoc, WI      0 nautical miles    25 statute miles

44°05’51.7″N 87°38’53.6″W
44.097698, -87.648234
Elevation: 580 Feet

As expect last night was quite a storm.  Winds gusts in the marina were measured at 59 mph. It was extremely foggy again today so we opted for another day in the marina. Another big storm is expected tonight.

We biked up the Ice Age National Scenic Trail through Two Rivers, through Point Beach State Forest to Rawley Point Lighthouse. All of us agreed that the bike ride through Point Beach State Forest was the best bike path we had ever been on; deciduous forest, coniferous forest, natural dunes and lake shore.   (Make sure you don’t skip the picture at the bottom of this entry.)

Manitowoc, WI to Two Rivers, WI

Manitowoc Marina – Start of the day
Manitowoc Marina – sailboat masts
Manitowoc, Wi to Two Rivers, WI bike trail  – reclaiming the beach from last night’s storm.
Manitowoc, Wi to Two Rivers, WI bike trail. One of many, many gardens and sculptures along the way, as well a natural dunes and lake shore.
Manitowoc, WI – view of light house – where it would be if no fog

Two Rivers, WI Harbor

Two Rivers Harbor – looking out. One river is coming from the starboard and the other from the port. We ventured to the end of the north (left side) pier.

Two Rivers Harbor north pier

Two Rivers north pier

We met this older gentleman by the shore pondering whether he was going to go out to the end of the pier today. He said he did it most every day weather permitting. He decided to go because we were going out. It was a bit of a wet ride. An occasional wave broke over the rocks.

Two Rivers north pier
Aftermath – Washington House, Two Rivers, WI – Inventor of the ice cream sundae

Two Rivers, WI to Rawley Point Lighthouse

We got to Two River about 1:00 PM so on a fluke we decide to trek out to Rawley Point Lighthouse.  Riding on the Ice Age National Scenic Trail through Point Beach State Forest was definitely one of the highlights of our Loop so far.

Point Beach State Forest – deciduous forest  (kicking myself that I didn’t take a picture of the coniferous forest.
Point Beach State Forest – reflection
Point Beach State Forest – sand dunes
Point Beach State Forest – sand dunes
Rawley Point Lighthouse

Waiting out the Weather

A thunderstorm rolled through on our way home.

Waiting out the Weather

 

Gray Day

Gray Day

August 26, 2018, Sturgeon Bay, WI to Manitowoc, WI      55.9 nautical miles

44°05’51.7″N 87°38’53.6″W
44.097698, -87.648234
Elevation: 574 Feet

We left Sturgeon Bay about first light with light, early morning fog that was supposed to burn off by 9:00 AM. The fog never lifted.

Occasionally we ran into groups of 5-12 fishermen. The radar really helped out locating and working through the groups.

Good Bye Sturgeon Bay

Sturgeon Bay, WI – Leaving East at first light
Sturgeon Bay, WI – Entering East channel – Light fog over the trees
Sturgeon Bay, WI – East channel – Light fog over the trees
Sturgeon Bay leaving the East Harbor
Sturgeon Bay, WI – Leaving East channel at first light

This was the only color we saw all day.

On the Water

Water and Fog the entire day. Not very scenic.

 

Manitowoc, WI

Manitowoc Harbor Lighthouse – Best it gets

Bike out to the Lighthouse

Manitowoc Lighthouse – Can you see it yet?
Manitowoc Lighthouse – How about now?
Manitowoc Lighthouse
Manitowoc Lighthouse – Looking up to Dale on the second level
Manitowoc Lighthouse – Through the the second level windows looking at Dale
Dang you Dale

Marina

Maintowoc Marina – Can you see the boat. Hint starboard side the dock.

Our bike ride was cut short.  A woman stopped us on the street and told us to seek shelter. A storm was coming. It came. Flash and Crash!

Wind and Rain – Flag and Fishing net took a whipping

From the Poet Laureate

The route we drove the boat today.
Was to Manitowoc from Sturgeon Bay.
We set out early, just after dawn.
Got out on the water and all was gone.
The water was flat and smooth as ice.
But the lake put on its cloaking device.
Fog turned the world into white and gray.
Without electronics, there’d been no way.
Spending 5 hours without a horizon
Is an unusual world to keep your eyes in.
 
 
We’re at the dock in manitowoc feeling the boat rock.
T storm is kicking our ass as we speak
Free Food

Free Food

August 25, 2018, Saturday  Sturgeon Bay, WI  0 nautical miles   Statute miles 0 (slug-gos)

44°49’26.6″N 87°22’20.2″W
44.824044, -87.372277
Elevation: 580 Feet

Still at Skipper Bob’s Quarterdeck. Waves are Lake Michigan are predicted to be at 2-5 feet.  We’ve seen a 3 foot and not looking forward to a 5 foot.

Waiting out the weather in the upper helm
and your little dog too

Aftermath of the Free Marina Sponsored Supper.
Skipper Bob’s sponsored a free supper for the marina. Smoked pork and gourmet hot dogs, corn on the cob and everything else including beer and wine.  HA!  A slip here runs about $70.  I think the 3 of us more broke even here with free supper and beverages.

Skipper Bob’s Marina picnic – corn cookers and smokers
Skipper Bob’s Marina picnic – smoked pork and gourmet hot dogs line.  Mary even liked the hot dogs.
Skipper Bob’s Marina picnic – salads corn and desserts
Skipper Bob’s Marina picnic crowd
Skipper Bob’s Marina picnic aftermath. Red Solo Cups (free wine and Spotted Cow beer)

Post Picnic

Oinkers Away
Dock B
Weathered In

Weathered In

August 24, 2018, Friday  Sturgeon Bay, WI  0 nautical miles   Statute miles 12.8

44°49’26.6″N 87°22’20.2″W
44.824044, -87.372277
Elevation: 580 Feet

Back at Skipper Bob’s Quarterdeck

While sitting in the marina club room watching the news, another patron ambled by and under the his breath commented “Wow! It’s nice to see someone watching CNN news. It’s not seen around here very often.”  in Trump and Governor Scott Walker Country

Decision Delimiters

The rain isn’t so much of a problem, but the wind is!

Aug 24, 2018 Weather Underground forecast
Aug 24, 2018 Forecast and Actual – Wind strong 23.4 mph and gusting to 24.8      https://wind.willyweather.com/

Quick Bike Ride to Potawatomi State Park before the Rain   12.8 statute miles

Potawatomi State Park is at the eastern end of the Ice Age Trail. The western end of the Ice Age Trail is in Taylors Falls, MN https://www.iceagetrail.org/

Ride to Potawatomi State Park
Potawatomi State Park

Mary managed to fall over on her bike while standing. She decapitated a finger nail and has road rash up the arm.

From the Poet Laureate (Tom)

Ok its been  while, and we’re still havin fun.
But ive been shirking my duties lately, so heres another one.
A few days back, we grabbed a place, at Skipper Bobs, in Sturgeon Bay.
It was pretty nice there, and we liked it, so we decided, that wed stay.
Then went north, to Baileys harbor, on the hook yesterday.
Cupboard emptying waves, brought us back, to Skipper Bobs again today.
Got frisky and took a bike ride, out along the western shore.
Every time Dale, says its not far, its always, miles more.
Busting a derby move, on a guardrail,  in the state park Potowatamee.
We feared fair Spiderwoman, had given herself,  at the very least, a lobotomy.
Seeing her do this, i admit, scared the hell out of me and Dale.
But alas, the iron maiden,  only managed, to brake a nail.
Now we’re back, hunkered down, wind and rain is on its way.
Party here tomorrow, with free booze, when I tell them, bet we stay.
Editorial Note1:  Yes Thomas, I will keep my promise
                                not to fall of my bike again.
Editorial Note2:  We are staying another night. HA!

 

 

Red Right Return to Port

Red Right Return to Port

August 23, 2018, Thursday, Baileys Harbor, WI to Sturgeon Bay, WI  28.3 nautical miles

44°49’26.6″N 87°22’20.2″W
44.824044, -87.372277
Elevation: 580 Feet

HaHa.  Notice day-of-week was added to the first line of the entry.   Totally loosing track of date and time!  I need to add a bit more structure in my life. We returned south Sturgeon Bay. There is a pretty significant front coming through and we want to be in a marina for that.

For those of you watching GPS coordinates yes, we red right returned to the exact same slip at Skipper Bob’s Quarterdeck Marina we had earlier in the week. The wind is 15-20 nts, waves 1-3 and building.  A big storm is coming in later tonight/tomorrow.  Didn’t feeling like testing the anchors tonight.

Power Supply (or not)?

We are still fighting with the power supply used to drop/lift the dingy. Although it dropped the dingy last night and lifted it this morning we are not confident in the battery holding a charge. Super charging it again tonight and will recheck tomorrow morning.

Ready Set Fish!

Tom towing the line 2.3 nts at 100 feet of water

Tom towing the line (at 100 feet)

Geared up

Tackled. Dipsy diver, snubber, flasher and Howie. (about $60 worth of tackle)
The Howie Fly

Gone fishing

Fisherman. “I’m doing the thing I’ve most wanted to in my life. Be in the back of my own boat in lake Michigan and salmon fish. The next thing to do is catch a salmon.  One out of two ain’t bad.”
Rearranged by an occasional 3 foot wave… Liquor cabinet crashed too. Fortunately no casualties.

Arrival at the Dock

Took 4 people to help us dock due to the winds!   All hands on deck! No pictures too busy!

Tribute to Anita

Tribute to Anita

August 22, 2018

August 22 is my mom’s birthday she would have been 88 years old today.  She was a gracious and classy lady. If you asked her to go someplace she NEVER said no.

Last June Anita, Mary and I were in Door county we stayed in Sturgeon Bay for 2 days and toured Washington Island. That was to be her last big trip and she enjoyed every minute. She rode shotgun in the car and did not close her eyes even once for a nap!

Anita with her daughter in-law Mary at Washington Island in Door County
Anita in an audience with the Pope
No explanation needed
Anita and her favorite Granddaughter(s) Sarah and Emily