Thursday – August 21 – Leland Township Municipal Harbor – Leland MI ( Fishtown ) .. 231-256-9132 .. $1.35 / foot .. the Severe Weather started at about 12:15 am and really got strong at 03:30 am .. and then at 05:15 am it got much stronger .. first winds with lightning .. then a wind of 40 mph and more lightning .. and then the rain but by 06:30 it died down to just a wind of 10 to 20 mph .. a number of Fishing Boats went out even before the weather settled down .. we walked to the Early Bird for breakfast where Marv had an Leland Everything Omelet with the Farmers Daughter and it was deelightfull .. we spent the morning working around Dee Light .. in the afternoon we went to the Cyber Espress-O Coffee Bar & E-Services where we were able to get hooked up to do our e-mail .. we also spent some time talking with Ed and Norine .. later after a walk we had dinner at The Bluebird of Leland Restaurant & Bar .. the restaurant is along the Leland River that leads to the Marina .. the winds calmed down and there was another great sunset ..
Friday – August 22 – Leland Township Municipal Harbor – Leland MI ( Fishtown ) .. 231-256-9132 .. another Storm came thru during the night ( 12:30 to 04:00 am ) but not as bad as the night before .. by 07:00 am the sun was out the skies were clear but still windy now from the Northwest .. a 626 Chris Craft Catalina that came in two days ago got a line caught on its Port Engine as they started to pull out .. they pulled up to the Fuel Dock to cut the line off sooo when they left we pulled up to the Fuel Dock and took on Fuel ..
Engine Hours – Port Engine .. 2055.9 – Starboard Engine .. 2065.9
.. when done with fueling we back into our Slip and had a late breakfast .. we took the County Bus with Ed and Norine and another couple from the Marina into Traverse City .. the bus ride cost $1.00 per person and was about 45 miles one way .. the bus ride proved to be a good way to see the area and the Driver made the trip to town very interesting .. once there we did some shopping and Betty found many ‘Baubles’ for sale but we just window shopped .. later we had lunch with Ed and Norine at the Amical where we were seated at an outside table .. our Bus Driver had recommended the Amical for lunch and it was a great place .. the return trip to Leland proved to be most interesting also as traveled with the Bus Drivers 6 month old baby and the County’s Mentally Handicapped group that had gone to town for the day .. Dick and Diane from SOUVENIR called us and said that there repair work has been completed and that they will be leaving Green Bay Wisconsin in the morning .. they may be spending Saturday night in Sturgeon Bay WI also .. once back at the Marina we did a quick check on the weather and found that Saturday sounds like a good day to cross the Lake .. we had dinner at The Cove’s Lower Level right next to the Water Falls .. and then took a good long walk before we had our ice cream .. at the ice cream shop Betty found an area stone that she purchased .. its called a Petosky Stone .. we also walked to the Leland Yacht Club .. when we found it the Club open but there was not anyone around .. Marv found a Yacht Club shirt that he liked and left $20.00 on the table for it .. once back to Dee Light we enjoyed the best sunset since we were there .. the people in the boat next to us back at Charlevoix that had that look of terror on their faces as they thought that we were going to ‘crunch’ them when we docked Dee Light next to them stopped by for awhile and later Bill from AIRWAVE also stopped by and we caught up on their boating since we last saw them ..
Saturday – August 23 – Leland Township Municipal Harbor – Leland MI ( Fishtown ) .. 231-256-9132 .. Ed and Norine left the Harbor at 06:45 am and we pulled out of the Marina at 07:20 am .. once out of the Harbor we were in Manitou Passage where we had 4 footers ( Rollers ) on our Starboard Side .. we headed West and South and soon were protected ( a little ) by the Manitou Islands .. we soon Ed and Norine .. once past the Islands we set our course at about 265 degrees and for the most part we had a following Sea of 5 to 7 foot Rollers .. the winds picked up to about 10 to 15 knots but we had a very good trip across the Lake .. we saw two Lakers one heading North and the other heading South .. we could see the Michigan Shore for a long time due to its height .. since Door County is flatter we had to get quite close to the Wisconsin side before seeing land .. with the Following Seas we did not use our Autopilot much at all .. we also noted that our Depth Finder did not work correctly once we were in waters over 400 feet .. as we approached the outer most Marker we could see a bright Red Lighthouse that marks the Channel / River at the Sturgeon Bay Inlet .. we also noted that the water this much further South is getting very cloudy .. when we called the Marina and got directions another boater that has been following us via our Website contacted us on the Marine Radio .. he said that he got our Website Address from another boater / friend Bob Shaw .. when we got to the Marina they had us try to get into a Slip on B Dock .. we tried to get in but it was too narrow for Dee Light so they had us dock on the end of C Dock with a Laker right across the Channel from us .. since we are now in CDT it was 12:00 pm when we had Dee Light docked .. when Marv checked in at the Marina he also got a large package of mail .. Dick and Diane from SOUVENIR made it from Green Bay just after the 03:00 pm Bridge opening .. we helped them with their lines .. the four of us had dinner at the Sturgeon Bay Yacht Club .. the Yacht Club had their Year End Party for their members .. it was a Hawaiian Luau theme with the Jimmy Buffet Washboard Zydeco Band .. we had a great dinner and then headed back to Dee Light to watch the balance of the Green Bay Packers vs. Carolina Panthers – (Midwest Shrine Game) pre-season game .. the game was at Green Bay WI at the Packers new Stadium ..
Travel – Leland MI ( Fishtown ) to Sturgeon Bay WI – 44 Locks To Date – 85 Miles Today – Cumulative Miles 3629
Sunday – August 24 – Sturgeon Bay Yacht Harbor Inc – Sturgeon Bay WI .. 920-743-3311 .. $0.85 / Foot .. it started to rain / thunder at about 04:00 am soo it was a great day to ‘pay bills’ and finish going thru our stack of mail .. we spotted the 60 foot Viking PATTI WAGON ( we saw them in Killarney Ontario ) heading in from the Lake .. they said that they had headed out on the Lake to do some fishing but with the weather / lightning decided to head back .. their Home Port is Sturgeon Bay WI .. we rented a car from AVIS .. after lunch Betty and Diane took the car shopping .. later the four of us drove up the West Side of Door County Wisconsin to Sister Bay WI where we stopped for dinner at Al Johnson’s Restaurant .. the roof of the restaurant is covered with long grass and they have Goats that ‘cut’ the grass .. it’s a Swedish Restaurant so we all had Sweden dinners .. on our return trip we went down the East Side of Door County where the Gals found a Dairy Queen ..
Monday – August 25 thru Friday – August 29 – Sturgeon Bay Yacht Harbor Inc – Sturgeon Bay WI .. 920-743-3311 .. Monday morning Dick and Diane pulled out of the Marina and headed South down Lake Michigan .. Betty worked on the interior of Dee Light and Marv met with Bill and Randy that head up the Service Department at the Marina .. they will be doing an Oil Change and a few other things on Dee Light when we are here .. Sturgeon Bay used to be a big time ship building town .. but now Palmer Johnson has filed for Bankruptcy .. they are not out of business but have laid off many of their employs leaving a huge void in the local community .. Marv talked with ‘Dan’ from Palmer Johnson and he said that the courts haven them 30 days to seal out a new Owner to take over the business .. on September 05th they will be launching a boat ( about 100 footer ) that they are currently working on .. it should be finished in the month of September .. a second boat ( a 142 footer ) should be finished in May of 2004 and a third boat ( a 144 footer ) is in the Shop but is not being worked on at this time .. Sturgeon Bay is a neat town because you can go out into Lake Michigan on one side and into Green Bay on the other side .. a run up one side of Door County and down the other is a very scenic day trip and you can end up back in Sturgeon Bay .. Green Bay Packers final preseason game was Thursday night when they played the Tennessee Titans in the Bishop's Charities Game .. a huge storm hit te Green Bay / Sturgeon Bay WI area and the game was delayed for hours .. we spent our time here doing many of the things that ‘tourists’ do .. we explored Door County by car .. we made it to Egg Harbor for site seeing, Sister Bay for dinner with the Goats, Fish Creek for a Fish Boil and much shopping, Bailey’s Harbor for shopping, Gills Rock for a Ferry ride to Washington Island, and much more .. we also spent much time cleaning the exterior of Dee Light .. on Friday we drove to Green Bay and visited the Green Bay Packers new Stadium .. Betty noted that it was evident by the looks on the peoples faces that we were indeed in a Hallowed Shrine and they all left the Pro Shop with large packages of Green Bay Packer memorabilia .. after our stop in Green Bay we headed to Eau Claire .. we stopped for lunch at Shannon WI at the Home Town Café right downtown .. it was an eairly 50s place with posters of The Beatles and Sonny and Sheri on the walls .. we will be spending next week in the Eau Claire WI, Barron WI, Hayward WI and Wabasha MN area ..
Saturday – August 30 thru Sunday - September 08 – Eau Claire WI area .. 239-560-1166 .. HEADLINES – ‘MILWAUKEE, Wisconsin (AP) - Hogs on parade for 100th anniversary - Ten thousand Harley riders wearing anything from Hog masks and feather boas to black leather roared through the city Saturday on an 8-Mile Parade celebrating Harley-Davidson's 100th anniversary .. there were over one million Harleys in Milwaukee for the celebration and there was a constant roar in the air the entire time’ .. we had a ‘world-wind’ number of days in the Eau Claire area .. we spent time with Marv’s mother in Eau Claire .. we took trips to Barron WI to see Marv’s grandson Marcus and to Hayward WI to see Jewel and Bob’s finished Log Cabin .. Jewel took Marcus for a good run the day that we were there and they saw two large Bears in the woods .. we also made our way to Wabasha MN / Lake City MN to connect with many of our boating friends and we had two boat outings on the Mississippi River that brought back many great ‘River’ memories .. we also were able to get together with many friends from the Eau Claire WI and Hayward WI area to get caught up with what’s going on in their lives .. and we had ‘Popovers’ at the new ‘Fishers on the Green’ restaurant that is located at the Hillcrest Golf Course in Eau Claire .. HEADLINES – Indianapolis IN – ( INDYSTAR.COM ) - Monday, September 1, 2003 .. ‘100 year record rains hit the Indianapolis area on Sunday the 31st causing much flooding in the northern sections of the city’ .. when we were in Eau Claire Marv also had some business and dental work to take care of .. UGH .. on Friday we got together with Marv’s sister and family from Arizona .. on Saturday the 09th we attended Heidi Market and Ryan Bullis Wedding in Eau Claire WI .. and on Sunday in place of the Wedding Gift Opening the wedding couple had a Tailgate Party as it was the opening day of the Football Season .. and the Green Bay Packers were hosting the Vikings for their first game in their recently completed Stadium .. we left the party before halftime and headed back to Sturgeon Bay WI .. as we headed East on Highway 29 we met many loyal / proud Packer Fans heading back home after the game with their Packer Flags waving in the air .. we also met a few Viking fans heading to Minnesota .. it was Great to get back to Dee Light again ..