This year we debated where we wanted to go sailing and the more we thought about it the more we knew we needed to take the kids with us this time around. We decided to go where my passion for sailing all began - Lake Michigan. We chartered a boat out of Traverse City and headed north for a 10 day adventure.
Our first day we loaded up the boat and took the kids for their first sail. The wind was blowing around 15 knots out of WNW making for a fantastic sail up to Northport, one of my favorite places that we used to sail to when I was a kid.
We had an amazing sail up to Northport making it almost the entire way on a single tack.
Grandma took some great pics of the family on our trip - nice work!
On the way into the harbor we saw an old familiar friend out on the lake, the Beaver Islander! This is the Car and People Ferry between Beaver Island and Charlevoix, 32 miles away on the mainland.
One of my vivid memories from my visits to Beaver Island as a kid was the Toy Museum which sits around 3/4 of a mile from the marina. Once we got the boat all secured in the marina we set out to explore the town.
We walked around the harbor and made our way to out to the Toy Museum and later out the the lighthouse marking the entrance to the harbor. The Toy Museum is marked by the sign above - if it wasn't for that sign all you would see is an greatly overgrown entrance - and yes, this IS the entrance to an actual Museum/store.
Once you make your way through the jungle and enter the Museum you find a store with a rather strong musky odor with old antique toys hanging high on the wall and at kid level, the store is packed with an unbelievable number of fun little toys, trinkets, and nick knacks all of which were priced such that any kid who visits should be able to take home a prize simply by robbing their piggy bank of a few coins.
While we had been eating pretty well on our trip we took the opportunity to treat ourselves at the Beaver Island Lodge - the only fine dining establishment on the island.
Early the next morning we set out for Charlevoix.