This will be a short blog. I just (within the last hour) returned from a boating trip that included over 400 miles (round trip) of driving (hubby did that) towing a twenty-five foot boat and 80 miles (round trip) of boating on three lakes (actually 4 lakes since we did poke our nose out onto Lake Huron, then immediately turned around) and three rivers. I’m exhausted.
We were joined by 6 other Kalamazoo Sail & Power Squadron members. One has a MacGregor similar to ours (both sailboats had masts off so we could go under bridges and through locks) and the other 5 members rented a houseboat for the trip.
We left Oden at 10:00 am on Monday, crossed one end of Crooked Lake and entered Crooked River where we experienced going through a Clam Shell Lock and had to wait for a bridge to swing aside so we could pass. Lots of shallow water and twists and turns on Crooked River. It’s well named. From there we entered Burt Lake. Rough water on Monday, not so bad on Tuesday’s return trip. From Burt Lake we entered Indian River.
From Indian River we entered Mullet Lake. Again, very rough on Monday, but not as bad on Tuesday’s return. Very slow going on the rivers. No Wake all the way. Finally we entered Cheboygan River. We dropped the houseboat people off at a motel just before the city (the motel has boat docks and nice rooms.) where two of the 5 slept on nice beds and the other 3 stayed on the houseboat. The two MacGregors then went on and through the Cheboygan lock (my first lock experience) and docked at the Chedboygan County Marina. Nice marina. We then made our way back to the houseboat (we had a car available in Cheboygan) and partied on that boat until exhaustion sent us back to our boats.
The return trip was simply the reverse. Weather was perfect. I’m sunburnt and exhausted. The trip was fun but I don’t want to do that one again. However, we’re already making plans for next year. This time with sails on the boats.
Have a great 4th of July. I’ll get back to writing topics next Wednesday.