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Go West, young man, Go West (A case for the Wisconsin side of Lake Michigan on the Loop)

This has nothing to do with the Bahamas (where we are now). This is a catch up post from way back in the summer when we were on Lake Michigan.  I was reminded of  my home state when my brother sent me a text message that told me the temperature was sub zero.  I was glad that we are in the Bahamas where it is always 75 degrees, but remembered what a great time we had on the less travelled side of Lake Michigan.  Wisconsin.   Continue reading “Go West, young man, Go West (A case for the Wisconsin side of Lake Michigan on the Loop)”

CHICAGO!!! And the end to the Great Lakes portion of the trip (9/6/17-9/7/17)

The marking of the end of our Great Lakes portion of the great loop was marked yesterday (9/7/17) with the unstepping of our mast in Crowley’s boat yard. It also marked the beginning of our river portion of the trip and we got a small taste of some of the challenges we will
face when we went to Crowley’s; bridges, barges and traffic.
Continue reading “CHICAGO!!! And the end to the Great Lakes portion of the trip (9/6/17-9/7/17)”

Six Flags and We DON’T Leave for Chicago (8/4/17-8/5/17)

Start: Waukegan, IL
End: Chicago IL
Total Distance: TBD
Time: ???
Average Speed: ???

We really don’t have a schedule and when we try to pretend we have a schedule we are reminded why we don’t.

Continue reading “Six Flags and We DON’T Leave for Chicago (8/4/17-8/5/17)”

On the Move Again: Waukegan, IL (9/3/17)

Start: McKinley Marina, Milwaukee, WI, 0703
End: Waukegan, IL, 1431
Total Distance: 44.1 nm
Time: 7:28
Average Speed: 5.9
Subjective grade for the quality of the day: A plus plus plus (from “A Christmas Story). Sunny, good wind, what not to like?!?!

Continue reading “On the Move Again: Waukegan, IL (9/3/17)”

Manitowoc WI (8/5/17-8/12/17): A week in middle Wisconsin

***This is another post from earlier this month.  Caught up now!!

Start: Salmon Harbor, Kewaunee, WI, 0647
End: Manitowoc Town Harbor, Manitowoc WI,
Total Distance: 26.4 nm
Time: 4:39
Average Speed: 5.7 kts

We are slowing our roll on the trip. Continue reading “Manitowoc WI (8/5/17-8/12/17): A week in middle Wisconsin”

Sheboygan (8/12 – 8/19/17) Brats, White water rafting and more

Loosely translated Sheboygan means “Land of bratwurst,” which makes it a little slice of heaven for two of the three of us. Continue reading “Sheboygan (8/12 – 8/19/17) Brats, White water rafting and more”

We got passed by a monarch butterfly; Irish Fest in Milwaukee makes it all better (8/19-8/20/17)

Start: Sheboygan, WI, 0623
End: McKinley Marina, Milwaukee, WI, 1456
Total Distance: 45.5 nm
Time: 8:33
Average Speed: 5.3 kts

We are back in the big city and loving it… Continue reading “We got passed by a monarch butterfly; Irish Fest in Milwaukee makes it all better (8/19-8/20/17)”

Recap of the first 100 days on the Loop

Will cover four things:

  1.  Monthly review for our third month on the water
  2. Rules (written and unwritten) that we have developed
  3. Truisms
  4. Cost of the trip (to date)

Continue reading “Recap of the first 100 days on the Loop”

Biking and eating our way across Washington Island Wisconsin: Paradise (7/30/17-7/31/17)

***I apologize–I’m catching up on posts from the past that haven’t made it on the sight yet.  This is from Washington island at the end of last month.  On or our favorite places so far on the loop.***

Well the best laid plans and all.

Our original plan was to anchor one night at Washington Island and then continue our journey south. But we woke up in the morning, it was an absolutely gorgeous day and there was an island in front of us. We have been hitting home runs when it comes to islands–they have all been awesome, so we decided to see if we could find some dock space that could fit our boat. Continue reading “Biking and eating our way across Washington Island Wisconsin: Paradise (7/30/17-7/31/17)”

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