Inhospitable Western Shore

That’s what Bonnie Dahl calls the Western shore of Lake Superior – inhospitable. We called it gorgeous. We did need to use the Taconite Harbor on our first night, Tuesday, but it was planned. We tried to tuck in to the Bluefin Bay for dinner, but we were at the mooring ball around 6 p.m. […]

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The Adventure Continues

We are off on another sailing adventure on Lake Superior this time! We left Grand Marais around 2 p.m. heading towards Duluth. We are hoping that we can sail out of the dense fog that built up during the rain we had late this morning. As we watch the tops of the Sawtooth Mountains pass […]

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We left the wonderfully warm anchorage on Monday late in the afternoon and motor-sailed to Houghton, Michigan. As we were coming into town, we went by the Isle Royale Ranger! It’s the ferry for the Rock Harbor end of the island. It was a lot bigger than I thought it would be. We pulled up […]

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We got up early on Saturday to motor-sail to Marquette, Michigan…but first, the anchor fouled on a tree and Chuck had to do some unwinding action with the chain, the lines, and the boat direction (I did the driving). The tree finally made its appearance on the top of the water – it was actually […]

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Painted Rocks

We were pretty excited to sail out and visit the painted rocks – one of the big reasons we wanted to sail the south shore of Lake Superior, rather than going back through the Canadian side. But first, we had to get out of the Grand Marais harbor. Easier said than done. We got ready […]

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Whitefish Bay

So we got up really early (for us) and headed out of our anchorage near Brimley, Michigan on Thursday. We had to cover over 70 nm to make safe harbor through Whitefish Bay – yes, the place in the Edmund Fitzgerald song. There are two other safe harbors on the way, but the draft of […]

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The Canadian Locks

So we went to bed pretty early the night before and got up and going so we could tour the Valley Camp boat museum next door to the marina we were staying in. When we walked up to the museum, an EPA research vessel was pulling in to drop off some things. The museum was […]

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