Friday, September 25, 2009

Ready to be hauled out.

Here we are, hanging in the slings, waiting to be lifted, washed, blocked, and put away for the winter. We drove to Ohio to visit Bob's folks on the way home. (You can tell I'm just a bit late getting this posted!)

It was a nice visit, and a pretty drive home. Now we're wondering what to do with all of this space, and enjoying Hollywood showers!

We're thinking of a month-long visit by RV to the Blue Ridge Parkway, to drive with the leaves. That will be beautiful! More to follow...

Monday, September 7, 2009

Big change of plan!

Well--- the "carpal tunnel" has us changing our plans. Evidently, Asian carp are a very damaging species of fish, and they are closing in on the Great Lakes. The Corps of Engineers has erected a barrier consisting of an electric charge in the Chicago Sanitary Canal in a place we have to pass. Presently, the only way to get through is to be towed by a Coast Guard approved steel vessel in what they call a "dead-ship tow"--- no electricity on your boat, all batteries disconnected, everything off, including you. Every person and pet must be on the towboat and inside.There must be no contact with your own vessel. The length of the barrier is seven-tenths of a mile. The current cost is $500 per vessel, which is a Great Loop Association discount price. We've decided to keep "Blue Moon" in heated storage up here in Grand Haven this winter until we can see if there are any ill effects on the boats that have been towed through, and also to see if the Corps of Engineers comes up with a new plan in the interim.

Grand Haven, Michigan

Wayne and Maggie joined us for a short boat ride on Lake Michigan over Labor Day weekend. There were only eight million boats out!!

Entrance to Grand Haven Harbor.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Breakwall at Frankfort, MI

This is the entrance to Frankfort, MI. Lake Michigan is not always this calm.