Wednesday, August 21, 2019

De Tour Village to Mackinaw City

The oncoming cold front had everyone a bit on edge this morning. Stay? Go? We woke around 5:30 AM to the sound of engines. Two other looper boats, Allons-y! and Trinity decided to run. We quickly fed and walked the dogs, then joined the small flotilla. We traveled faster than they did, so we passed them on the way in. We also ran at 2500 rpms, which was a bit more than usual. When the fog came up I knew moving faster was the right call.

The waters behaved themselves. Placid turned to 1 foot swells, but no chop and nothing more drastic.

Sunny when the sun rose; leaving De Tour
The biggest issue came just beyond Mackinac Island (pronounced Mackinaw, just like the city, but spelled differently). Between Mack City and the island are ferries -- high speed zipping, big wake making, shuttle ferries. Thank the stars we have AIS. My navigation screen was blinking with AIS boats, coming, going, and docked on the island. When they move our system projects a line indicating their course. Seemed like it was all I could do to stay out of their way and not get the snot waked out of us.

The Straits State Harbor was recommended to us by locals while in De Tour Village. It's big, it's new, and it never has too many boats. Why? No one knows. It was paid for by the government funding, so... there's that.

A little foggy underway
Oh, and the package? Finally arrived at the De Tour marina. As You Wish picked it up and will deliver it tomorrow, if they travel. Russ told the dockmaster that they might, mentioning their boat name. The guy got all excited. "Please tell me that's from the movie, The Princess Bride." Oh, yeah. It is. 

That made his day.
Notice anything missing?
BOATS! Where are the BOATS?!

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