The long haul

The long haul

Aug 10, 2019 Friday Lake Charlevoix, Grant Moore Municipal Marina, Boyne City, MI  to Big Sable Lighthouse, Nordhouse Dunes Wilderness Area, Lake Michigan 112.0 nautical miles.

44°04’52.3″N 86°29’37.4″W
44.081196, -86.493710
Elevation: 580 ft

Along the Way

One last plug for Boyne City … Every June they have the Boyne Thunder Poker Run with of some of the hottest boats in the Midwest attending. It’s a game of chance, not a race, no betting. (big fast boats and no betting, do ya think?). All of Grant Moore Municipal Marina slip holders are kicked out for two days (actually it’s in their slip leasing contract and they each get $100 for a slip elsewhere/anchor and pocket it). In come the cigarette boats! Lots of them. In the marina and rafted across the marina.

Securing lines. Sweatshirt and jeans, but not stooping to socks

We continued to debate which way were going to turn all the way up Lake Charlevoix to the lift bridge, rechecking and rechecking weather and waves. Between the devil and the deep blue sea do we hold the course with Michigan or jump to Wisconsin?

We stayed the course and continued to head down the Michigan side. The worst waves all day were the boat wakes while leaving the harbor.

Sleeping Bear National Seashore. Pyramid Point to Sleeping Bear Point, 7 nautical miles as the crow flies.

Sleeping Bear Dune National Seashore covers 71,200 acres of land and water and stretches along 65 miles of Lake Michigan shoreline, plus two offshore islands. These are the largest freshwater sand dunes in the world.

Sleeping Bear Point to Point Betsie,16 nautical miles as the crow flies

Salmon fishing boats. There must have been over 200 of them on the water today. Tough day for Dale. He didn’t get a Michigan fishing licence.

Feeling adventurous, we went for the long haul and kept cruising till 8:30pm. We anchored along the shore just north of the Big Sable Lighthouse in Nordhouse Dunes Wilderness Area. No harbor needed for us tonight with the water perfectly flat. It was a choice neither of us regretted!

And it was a long haul, 112.0 nautical miles! This is our furthest day ever excluding crossing the Gulf.

Dingy drop and a run to explore the shore before sunset. Mary swam.

Once it was dark we sat in yes dear’s cockpit and watched the Perseids meteor shower.


Ojibwe sleeping bear legend: Long ago, along the Wisconsin shoreline, a mother bear and her two cubs were driven into Lake Michigan by a raging forest fire. The bears swam for many hours, determined to reach the opposite shore. Eventually the cubs tired and lagged behind. The mother bear reached the shore and climbed to the top of a high bluff to watch and wait for her cubs. Too tired to continue, the cubs drowned within sight of the shore. Impressed by the mother bear’s determination and faith, Great Spirit Manitou created two islands to mark the spot where the cubs disappeared and then created a solitary dune to represent the faithful mother bear still waiting for her cubs.

Mary’s rewritten version …. There are a lot of sand dunes in Sleeping Bear National Seashore. I’m reasonably sure her cubs made it and are two of those sand dunes are her cubs.  They came a shore in a nearby and the drifting sands are reunion with their mother.

Nauti Words

Between the devil and the deep blue sea

Meaning: Not have a good choice. Faced with two dangerous alternatives.
Origin: The “devil” is the seam between the deck planking and the top plank of the ship’s side. It needed to be watertight and needed filling or caulking regularly, which required a sailor to stand on the very edge of the deck or even be suspended over the side. A dangerous place to be.

Long haul

Meaning: ‘Long haul’ a prolonged and difficult effort or task, a long distance
Origin : Operation on ship requiring the hauling of a lot of line. Conversely, a short haul is an operation requiring little line.

Drolleries and Yuks

Why aren’t koalas actual bears?
     They don’t meet the koalafications.

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