SAT. SEPTEMBER 24, 2016
We arrived back on Salt Lick after the wedding festivities, personal business, MD follow up appointments, and getting together with friends.
A special “shout out” to Dan McCormick, harbormaster at South Shore Marine in Whitehall, MI. He picked us up at the Grand Rapids airport Sat. morning, took us to a grocery store for supplies and helped us schlep it all to the boat. Dan is an interesting guy who until about a year ago was a pilot on one of the Great Lake’s ships that deliver ore, coal and other items to various ports around the Great Lakes. IMPRESSIVE His daughter is attending SCAD in Savannah, GA , so he and Hank shared a common bond with having daughters attend the same art college. Anyone cruising or traveling in this area MUST stop at this marina and give them your business. If not, at least stop by and say hello!! You will be most welcomed. Thank you Dan !!!!!
After getting settled on the boat we departed Whitehall and cruised to Grand Haven, MI. We departed around noon, so it was a short day and a good one to “RE-START” our adventure. Well, as luck would have it, Grand Haven was having their end of the Summer musical lighted water show. We were docked at the municipal marina, so we had a front row seat. Nice town with many quaint shops.
Before the evening entertainment, this young boy named Riley, stopped by the boat wanting to sell these painted bottles. When Hank inquired as to what he was going to do with the money, he said he was going to buy a fishing pole. Hank asked him to “hold on a minute” and into the boat he went to grab this fishing pole that has been riding around in Salt Lick for 10 years!!! And might I add, was not ever used during these past 10 years. Well —- young Riley was thrilled and kept saying ,,,’for real?” over and over. It was quite sweet.
PLEASE NOTE…….WILL GET VIDEO UPLOADED LATER OF A ‘SHORT” OF THE MUSICAL LIGHT AND WATER SHOW.
SUNDAY SEPT. 25, 2016 We departed Grand Haven with sunny skies and predictions of 1-2 foot seas. Our goal was to cruise to perhaps South Haven or as far as we could go. UGH —– the seas were about 4 feet instead and after 3 hours of uncomfortable riding, we made the decision to pull into Holland, MI. We are docked at the Macatawa Bay Yacht Club! Later in the day the winds really began to pick up and by the middle of the night on Sunday, it was really blowing! Monday brought approximately 25 knot winds, with seas up to 7-9 feet. OBVIOUSLY, we were going no where. And no where for today, Tues., Sept. 27th, as the waves continued to be high. We have used every line we own, and every fender, large and small to secure the boat. We were being thrashed around like crazy!
We are awaiting the arrival of navigation charts, a long mixed up story, but suffice it to say that they are being shipped here to us tomorrow. AND of course, tomorrow looks like a small window of favorable travel for us. BUT — unless UPS gets here early, we will not be departing until maybe Friday , if then, for our destination of Chicago. We have two days of cruising to make it there. Stand by folks for what unfolds.
IN THE MEAN TIME –we rented a car today in Holland for a few errands and some time off the rocking and rolling boat. After a yummy lunch at Salt and Pepper Grill I talked Hank into driving to Gun Lake. This is a lake that I came to every summer for two weeks with my family. There were several other families that came along too — the Browns, Warrens, Jacks’s, Silkwoods, and maybe some others. I met Barb Handel ( from Columbus, Ohio) there one Summer and to this day, we still keep in touch! I wanted to try and find the old place where we used to go. As life happens, many things have changed. New homes where old lake cottages used to be. The cabins we rented are long gone, BUT the market where we would walk to for cokes,ice cream, treats, post cards,etc. was still standing. At least the building was. It is no longer a market, but other businesses are there. The gas station next door is still in operation. Odd as it was to drive down that road, it was a fond memory of years past. Dad and a few others fished ALL day long, while Mr. Bill Brown very patiently drove the rented ski boat ALL day long for us kids.
Tomorrow we will explore more of Holland, MI before returning the rental car. Then make plans for future travel yet to be determined. As I write this blog, the winds have decreased greatly and the noise of lines and fenders stretching and pulling and banging around has stopped. A good night for good sleep.
Before I leave this page tonight, I do want to thank some very special folks for special things that they have each done over the past couple of weeks. Dan, the man, as mentioned above; Dana Holler for the touching base phone call; David Martin for wedding party procurement, Jean V. for condo watching, Gloria and Meghan for airport arrival pick up, David Harter for rescue of water valve turn on, Jeannie Harter for taking delivery of all UPS shipments, and Carol Hueckelman for her visit. YOU ALL are the BEST!!!!
Carol and I met in 2002 when we both traveled on the same Galapagos and Machu Picchu trip. She lives in South Africa. Her friend Daryl, lives in the DC area, and the two of them became friends when Daryl was working with our USA consulate in Johannesburg several years ago.