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In June 2012 we started the Great Loop in our Bayliner Explorer. This blog is for family and friends who would like to follow our comings and goings and , for now, our getting ready for the trip. If you read this blog we would love to hear your comment& suggestions.

Tuesday, 7 August 2012

St Ignace

St Ignace 6-8 August 2012

Named in honour of St. Ignatius of Loyola, the founder of the Jesuit religious order. St. Ignace is one of the oldest cities founded by Europeans in Michigan. 

A little town, standing guard to the big Mackinac Bridge …..and the best thing to happen to me in days.
Mackinac Bridge
We will be passing under it tomorrow morning early heading
into Lake Michigan

What luck to get “stuck “here while waiting for Lake Michigan to calm down from the large area of high pressure that is passing through on its way to Quebec. (As I am writing this, the song that is playing on my iPod is (Always take the weather with you by Crowded House)

It sums up my life as it is right now. A few months ago, I would check my email and Facebook out of habit a few times a day, now it is the weather and wind apps on my iPhone that gets checked constantly. I am obsessing about the weather. It rules everything. Are we staying or are we going?...depends on THE WEATHER!!

We came over to St. Ignace early in the morning because my wind app told me that there will be 5 mph winds at 05:00 and at 08:00 it will increase to 15mph. The difference between being on the water in 5pmh winds and 15mph is HUGE!!  So we were nice and safe when the winds started to howl through here at (guess when) 08:00.

By the way, we filled with fuel here and paid $3.89 per gallon, which works out to about 95c per liter!!!! The last place we filled up they charged us $1.79 per liter (in Canada). The last time we pumped out our holding tank we were charged $28.00 (in Canada) and here they charged us $10.00!!

Everybody is so friendly here. There must be about 5 Looper boats at the marina waiting for the bad weather to pass. I think the thing that bonds us is our fear (respect) of Lake Michigan. So we all got together on one of the big boats MV Gypsea (46Foot DeFever Pilothouse) for cocktails and swapped stories. Mainly Gary drooled over the gorgeous boat while I tried to ask for advice for the upcoming crossing. Advice is : wait for a good weather day.
We took along bike ride along the lakeshore today and found the best view of the bridge.

Aug 07
Another windy day here in St Ignace. A few boats have left and reported high waves, I am glad we stayed putt for another day. I might be a chicken but I am a happy chicken.

Gary and I took a long bike ride to the northern part of the town. 

Pretty much have to go everywhere
on foot or by bike

We visited two museums, the Museum of Ojibwa Culture and the Fort de Buade Indian Museum. We also went to the Indian Village but it is just a tourist trap selling junk stuff.

St Ignace

At the Ojibwa museum I bought another pin for my collection (there isn’t much room on the boat for stuff so I am trying to get pins from all the places we visit and I pin them to my shoulder bag)

This afternoon we are just taking it easy. The seasoned boaters on MV Gypsea said to come over for a visit and they would share some wisdom with us. Tonight will be a quiet night as we prepare the boat for our departure tomorrow. We want to get going early before the winds and the waves have time to build.

I have no idea when I will have access to internet again, but till then……..

…………………………………………………………… be continued

1 comment:

  1. Hi you two....if the wind dies down overnight, you should try and do overnight trips... they are fun ..... you should get used to them, you may have to travel at night in the Bahamas.