Tawas and Port Austin

Friday, August 15, 2014

A record cold temperature of 42 degrees F was expected last night but we only reached a low of 48 degrees F. We slept comfortably on Guinevere but I was using gloves and lots of warm weather gear to stay warm when we headed out to do our showers in the morning.

We expected to be able to leave early for our next port, Port Austin, but the strong winds were not cooperating for a sail. Rick was feeling anxious to head out. We listened to the VHF weather forecast several times and the trend was for the winds to diminish so we anticipated an early afternoon leave.

We had breakfast and went to the library to use the wifi.

I tried to get a much needed haircut at one of the two salons in town but nobody could take me for an appointment right away. I took my bike about a mile out of town and found a Walmart. The Walmart hairdresser was available to give me a cut so I went for it. Not bad!

After lunch on the boat we went over to the marina’s fuel dock for a pump out, fuel, and to top up our water tank. We left to cross the unpredictable Saginaw Bay for the 27 nm trip to Port Austin at 1:05 p.m.

Guess what? We had waited a bit too long for the winds to subside and they really weren’t very strong for a good sail. We ended up motor-sailing after all that waiting. Rick and I are both learning and adjusting our sailing practices as we go along. There is a fine line between being a bit too aggressive and being too cautious. This time we were too cautious and I take the blame for that. As I get more experience, I think I’ll learn that I can handle a lot more than I expect to be able to comfortably handle on the boat. Live and learn!

I had a nap en route to Port Austin.  I'm wearing my life preserver.

I had a nap en route to Port Austin. I’m wearing my life preserver.

Anyway, we had a great trip over to Port Austin and we were tied up to one of their great new docks by 5:15 p.m.

Rick makes many boating friends wherever we go. In Tawas, he’d chummed it up with a group of power boaters who hail from Port Huron. When we got to Port Austin, they were waiting on the docks and served as our welcoming committee.

We did a quick walk through of this small, charming town, and then we went to a wonderful restaurant called The Bank for dinner. The Bank is actually in a restored historic bank. We had the chef’s choice vegetarian entree and called it our 38th anniversary dinner.

The Bank Restaurant where we had our anniversary dinner.

The Bank Restaurant where we had our anniversary dinner.

The Main Street of Port Austin

The Main Street of Port Austin

Port Austin Marina

Port Austin Marina

Promenade

Promenade

Port Austin Marina in the Evening

Port Austin Marina in the Evening

Guinevere is Tucked In at Port Austin

Guinevere is Tucked In at Port Austin

Another Busy, Beautiful Marina Break Wall Promenade

Another Busy, Beautiful Marina Break Wall Promenade

The Main Street Looking Toward the Harbour

The Main Street Looking Toward the Harbour

It is early to bed for us. The weather is iffy so we are setting the clock for 6:00 a.m. If the forecast is good, we are going to move on in the morning. If not, we will stay put tomorrow.

Guinevere

Guinevere

Pals Running Down the Dock

Pals Running Down the Dock

Sunset at Port Austin

Sunset at Port Austin

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