That NOAA website misrepresentation of wave height (discussed in last post) that resulted in a very, not good wave day has us second guessing our every decision to venture out again into Lake Michigan–well, it has B vetoing while N yells “damn the torpedos; full speed ahead.” That, coupled with actual major winds forecast (and occurring) have us hunkered down in Frankfort, Michigan for at least 3 nights. You really get to know a small town when you are there that long with nothing to do but walk a dog! It’s a very nice place with plenty of t-shirt stops, craft beer spots and, unfortunately, a beautiful sandy beach that is going un-appreciated in this weather.
But N did find a diversion to get to his diversion before the bad weather hit:
We did, however, unceremoniously celebrate our one year anniversary since starting the Loop though! Luckily we happened to go for a brunch with another Looper couple so that counted as our acknowledgment of the day. I could get all “retrospectivey-philosophicky” here…but since we are about to close the entire loop circle in a month or so more….I’ll hold off. You’re spared…for a bit!
Speaking of night shots:
It is shocking how many mega fishing-equipped small boats there are here on Lake Michigan. These guys are going out and just circling the little harbor and beyond at all hours–day and night. Look at that collection of lures in lower left window!
One of the prize catches are king salmon. “Wait!” you ask!?! “From a fresh water lake?” Yes, about 150 years ago they introduced kings and cohos here for sport. They survive and they keep stocking the lakes too. We even saw them trying to spawn up a stream that was damned/blocked off. Kinda weird/unnatural if you ask me!
No, this is NOT another artistic shot of a pretty stone that B has stumbled upon!
Well, when you’re stuck in port and the internet is perfect, the readership gets a quick back-to-back posting—albeit just a snippet of life at the docks in a small lakeside town. We actually may push off late this afternoon (so it might not be 3 nights at the same port…but not going back up to edit that earlier paragraph!) If so, we’ll make a quick run to the next port to keep working our way down and get off this GREAT lake as soon as possible before the really bad weather sets in. Of course, that departure is weather dependent and subject to B’s veto! Oh and speaking of weather….
The Tale of Two Cities! Here’s a juxtapostion of realities: so much for skipping out on the NW typical bumbershoot, non-picnic weather at home! That water shot is NOT through the window! Look at the size of those rain drops! Accompanied by big thunder and lightening too…. stay tuned for more.
PS AND, Happy Labor Day too!