We were up early this morning to make another bicycle trip around the island before moving on to other ports. We didn’t quite make sunrise but enjoyed our jaunt, none the less.
By 11:00 we had left Mackinac Island, waved good bye to the Grand hotel and “grand” cottages and were passing under the four mile Mackinac Bridge. The waters can be amazingly rough in these Great Lakes. Quest handles the waves and trenches with staunch dignity and we thank her. Many of the smaller vessels have to hope for a favorable weather clearing in order to venture out from the marinas and anchorages. Quest just barges on! Today was a rough one with waves crashing over the deck, sweeping up the helm windows and up over the top.
By late afternoon we were nearing the entrance to Little Traverse Bay and finding huge Lake Michigan shore homes. Soon we rounded the lighthouse point and entered the glass smooth waters of Harbor Springs.
Holy cow! Guess “we are not in Kansas anymore”. The ultra modern condo greeted us as we rounded into the bay then we found ourselves, once again, playing with the big boys. There were several boats much larger than the Quest. Much, much larger!
Anchoring was a real challenge today. Somehow the anchor chain was tossed into knots and had to be jiggled free and fed up several times. This job finally done, we took on the chore of cleaning the dirty dingy. Scrubbing, rinsing and finally taking it out for a spin around the harbor. We watched the families playing at the town beach, admired the charming old home and boaters coming and going.
Back on Quest we cooked some great trout for dinner and Dan beat me at Backgammon. We fell asleep to the sounds of distant thunder.