Like the geese are doing now, we too are flying South. The blog will be resting for several days as we fly home for niece Meghan Shoemaker’s marriage to Justin Salerian on Sat., September 17th.
The past several days have been not favorable on the weather side of life. With a previous delay we felt we needed to “move” the past two days to get closer to Grand Rapids, MI where we have scheduled our flights home. Leaving Pentwater, MI this AM, we were never in danger, but the travel was MOST uncomfortable for the crew. Today for 4 hours plus, it was hands on the helm with five foot waves in pretty close sequence. We are safely docked at South Shore Marine in Whitehall, MI on a feeder lake to Lake Michigan called White Lake. It is calm, quiet and peaceful here. Dan, the harbormaster, will drive us to the airport in the AM. NICE.
ONLY for Ms. Meghan would we travel under these circumstances. 🙂 This captain is not going to do that again. It is exhausting and NO FUN.
Hank was able to experience seeing Monarch butterflies flying over the Lake as I was busy wrestling with the helm wheel. I never did see one. They were flying ONE at a time. About every 5-10 minutes, Hank would say “there goes another one!”. I think the Monarchs are headed to Nebraska where they will meet up with millions of others and then head South to Mexico. What a sight that would be to see. It is amazing that those delicate small creatures would take off on a windy 10-15 knot day and head West across the big lake. Nature never fails to amaze and impress me!!!
We are nearing the final legs of the Great Lakes phase of this Great Loop adventure. We look forward to cruising into Chi-town near the end of the month. And for the season of time, all “things” fly South —- birds, butterflies, man, and boats flying on water.