Saturday, August 9, 2014
We had a beautiful sunrise this morning when we left Vidal Island at 6:30 a.m. for Presque Isle, Michigan.
The wind was minimal so we motored or motor-sailed the 47 nm down Lake Huron to the Presque Isle State Marina. We arrived at 2:30 p.m. after a relaxing ride. En route we read, each had naps, Rick navigated, I cleaned the cabin, and we both just meditated on life. For most of the trip there was nothing to see but the lake and the sky and this made for a peaceful experience.
When we arrived at the buoy just outside of the marina, I called in on the VHF for an overnight transient slip. We were assigned a dock and we started to proceed to the break wall. At this time I noticed that there were a few boats anchored in the bay outside the marina proper. We had to make a very quick decision but there really was no contest…I quickly recalled the marina on the radio and we made a beeline for the anchorage.
The depth is about 12 feet and the water is Caribbean clear. Beautiful!
Rick’s American T-Mobile cell phone service is not working here so he had to take the dinghy in to the marina to use their phone to call in to the US Customs to gain entry into the USA. He was fully prepared with all of our Nexus information and he had no trouble at all. The marina attendants thought he was lucky because other sailors have had lots of trouble on the phone and they have been personally inspected by customs officers from Rogers City.
I had a swim while Rick was gone. He came back to pick me up then we went to the marina by dinghy and checked out the place. There is a very organized and well-stocked little convenience store across the street and a restaurant at the marina. We had an early dinner at the restaurant then took a walk to a historic lighthouse at the entrance to the bay.
We waited at the boat until 8:00 p.m. then we took a dinghy ride out to the historic lighthouse at the mouth of the bay so I could take sunset pictures.
On our way back to Guinevere, we could see cars pulling up to shore on the other arm of the bay. People were getting out and setting up on the beach. It ends up that they were having a large community fireworks display and we had front row seats.
I had originally prepared myself for a long and arduous crossing today but instead the day has been a real treat!