August 24, 2016, Wed., we departed Lorain, OH and headed to Middle Bass Island. Winds were 10 knots with seas 2-3 feet and mostly on our port side beam. Salt Lick travels well, but the crew felt like they were in a wash tub part of the day!!
Middle Bass Island sits between North and South Bass Islands. South Bass Island is the most popular and familiar as that is where Put-in-Bay is located. We docked at a State Park marina called – ta-da – Middle Bass Island State Park Marina. A very nice facility with very few boats. We elected to spend two nights here as the weather for Thurs. was predicted to have higher winds and rough seas.
BIRTHDAY (Janet’s) – AUGUST 25TH
We rode a ferry boat over to South Bass Island for most of the day. This Island is very heavily dependent on tourism, which is limited to the warmer months of the year. Lots of restaurants, shops (mostly souvenir), and multiple places to stay. We enjoyed a great lunch, walked the town, ran some errands, and visited a monument to Oliver Hazard Perry who helped defeat the British in 1812. It was a wonderful day and those margaritas sure did go down smoothly!!! I really enjoyed and greatly appreciated the phone calls, texts, emails and Facebook greetings sent out with birthday wishes.
CLICK ON VIDEO BELOW FOR PANORAMA VIEW OF PUT-IN-BAY OVER TO MIDDLE ISLAND WHERE WE DOCKED!!
FRIDAY AUGUST 26, 2016
SALT LICK left the dock at 7:40 this AM and for eight hours and 15 minutes cruised through the rest of Lake Erie and up the Detroit River. We went to Canada X2, but thankfully the Mounted Police did not notice. This evening we are docked at RiverSide Marina, Detroit, Michigan. This part of the river was closed from the South end, so we had to circle back around via another channel to get here. We bypassed a sail boat race and before the blocked area for the hydro-plane boat races, was this fuel dock and marina. The shipping channel was very quiet today with traffic. One ship and one tow and barge.
Tomorrow we will cross over St. Clair Lake and cruise thru St.Clair River to reach Lake Huron. One Great Lake down, and two more to go.