Back out on the lake we found another hot, placid day with no wind at all - so we set the auto pilot and found a good book and a comfortable place to sit and motored southwest towards the opening of west bay
One of the neat things we found on our journey was this loon that we passed about an hour and a half out of Charlevoix. I've never actually seen one before but only heard a lot about them. This was a very cool thing to see!
The funny thing about sailing on Lake Michigan is that when you just pull over and jump in, you can be startled to find just how far away from you the bottom of the lake really is. In this case, it was nearly 400ft away!
It turned out to be a Wednesday which meant Hugh Willey was playing once again! The kids had fun dancing and listening to him play. They especially liked his rendition of Barney Google with his goo goo googley eyes... It was so much fun!
Elizabeth discovered that she loves Michigan cherries almost as much as her father.We headed into Bowers Harbor to anchor out for the evening off of the old mission peninsula. We enjoyed a nice swim with my parents and had a great dinner with Casey, Jennifer and Adelyn however as we sat there at anchor the wind and the waves continued to build. While 95% of the time Bowers Harbor is the best anchorage to be in today was not the case. Fortunately the sun stays up a long time in Michigan and we had plenty of time to make the run down to Traverse City. We gave them a call and found out they had room for us. Up with the Anchor and off to TC it was. By the time we left for TC the wind had built to 18 knots true right on the nose. I was nervous about docking in this much wind with a boat that wasn't mine in a marina I didn't know... but fortunately we made it just fine.
After an evening in TC it was time to take the boat back. Elizabeth decided that for our very short last leg she would dress the part of the pirate.
Here is the boat, all cleaned up! Thanks for the great adventure!