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    Posted on August 9th, 2010 cwmoore No comments

    Enroute

    [singlepic id=207 w=320 h=240 float=left]S Manitou was great and we spent a whole day beach-combing for Petoskey and Charlevoix stones.  The only catch for all this national park beauty was a precarious anchorage.  On our nightly anchor swing we came within 20′ of the beach (it dropped off very rapidly so at 10′ out it was 7′ deep.

    Day 1

    Arrived Beaver Island from South Manitou at 1700 local time. Passage was totally calm the whole trip but we had to motor and not sail.  There were some 2′ swells between S Fox Island and North Manitou but by and large it was a great passage.  We plan on two or three days here.

    The flotilla arrive within 30 minutes of each other.  Paramour was first then Inspiration and finally Windfluence (they actually sailed a lot due to their light tonnage and sail rig).  We went to eat at the Shamrock and it was good but high priced.  SAM and I walked to the Beaver Island Lodge to check out our old haunts – it was pretty much the same but very quiet from what it used to be.

    Day 2 Beaver Island

    [singlepic id=205 w=320 h=240 float=right]We rented a car and the day event was touring the island from north to south and east to west.  On the north was a very cool beach that was as warm as bath water, on the south was the old light house that is open to the public, on the west side it was sort of far from the Lake Michigan but on the east side the road was right next to LM.

    We drove to the Library and visited the Donavan Langford IV area of the Library – how peaceful and serene with the music – and SAM was crying for a while at after looking at the picture of  DL IV.  We stopped by JKM’s friends house and drove up the driveway but no one was at home.  We did get some pictures though.  People know DL’s on the island  and corrected our grammar all the time: you must pronounce everything correctly.

    We are now preparing to walk to Beaver Island Lodge for dinner – an old haunt of ours when we were able to fly to the island at will (like our airplane).  I have some pictures that I will embed later so return and you can see the slideshow.

    We are having the time of our lives and love all that we have been blessed with and everyone we know and strangers as well.

    Day 3

    We did not leave for Petoskey this morning as planned.  Some vicious  thunderstorms that looked like they might reach us before we could make it across the lake made the no-go decision.  No one in the group wanted to go so it was an easy decision. Tomorrow we head for Petoskey, MI a 3/4 day sail.  BFN……….Inspiration out.

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