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Who: Wayne & Pat
Port: Jackson
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Stop 1 Put-In-Bay or bust
Partly Sunny N to NE winds 10-15 knots; Sunrise 6:40am/Sunset 8:45pm 3rd Quarter Moon
08/14/2008, Toledo Beach Marina, LaSalle Michigan to Put-In-Bay, South Bass Island (41o39N x 082o49W)

This morning was a little bit better organized. Coffee was on as soon as I got out of bed - last sunrise at Toledo Beach Marina, and we were up and out after finishing stowing the odd items and collecting our lines from the dock.

Our speed/distance meter on the instrument panel doesn't seem to be working. It continuously read 0.0 the entire way, but the depth and wind meters were working fine. Hmmmm.... We used the chart plotter to determine our speed and distance. Today we didn't get to sail but motored the entire way (nothing like traveling into the wind on a sailboat). Pretty uneventful traveling day 112o to W. Sister Island (a game refuge) ~18 miles, the change course to 128o for 8-10 miles to avoid the firing range (navigation is restricted in that general area if firing exercises are going on), then 97o to go between Rattle Snake and Green Islands and in to Put-In-Bay. So we figured about 35 miles at 5 knots & we'd get in in about 7 hours. We ended up doing fairly well since we motored the entire way - ave. speed 6.17, trip time 5:20.42 and distance traveled 32.87 miles.

It was kinda cool coming in here - you can see Perry's monument on the island way before you actually see the island. Perry's Victory & International Peace Memorial is a 352 ft Pink Granite monument that you can see for 20 miles away. It also has a light at the top that can be used as a guiding beacon at dark. It's quite an impressive structure and they let you climb to the top of it. We opted out of the climb this trip (I did this on a previous fieldtrip here) and decided to go for pizza and beer at the brewery here. The amber brew was a hit with me but Wayne thought there was to much hops and we both loved the pizza - they have a sauce with a lot of basil and something else that was wonderful.

Moorings here (we're on C6) are $30 a night during the week, Fri & Sat $40 and on special nights and particular moorings, closer in the price is $50 for a mooring. Call channel 10 and a water taxi comes and fetches you so you can spend money on the island and support the local economy (did I mention they have a terrific beer and pizza place? LOL) most of the tourists rent golf carts to tour the island and we saw a lot of bicyclists too. Nice island, but to be avoided unless you're really into partying and crowds on the weekends.

Almost forgot - we saw the Good Year Blimp coming over the island as we were approaching. We decided that it was heading for the Nascar race back home this weekend in Brooklyn when that place becomes the 3rd largest city in Michigan for the weekend (glad we're not there this weekend).

Last Minute Stuff
08/13/2008, Lasalle, MI

Wow what a night - the boat next to us had his halyard slapping most of the night (very loudly) so there was very little sleep. It took me almost an hour to find the coffee pot, find the coffee and use some decent water - the stuff in the tank needs to be emptied and refilled because it tastes bitter and just plain yucky.

The monitor showed up UPS 8:00 am and we were going over the data still when they called us for training on it at 10:00am. Slight problem hitting the target but the readings were pretty accurate (Dr's office called too with his current results and they matched up pretty good).
Today was a mishmash of unending things to do. One thing led to another and needless to say - we worked on the water pump, the water tank, stowing and restowing tools, stores, etc., tuning the mast, scrubbing the deck and general maintenance. Before we knew it, it was dark and time for bed

On to the boat!
08/12/2008, Jackson to Lassalle

What a maddening day - rush rush rush...
Go to the post office & drop off package and change of address - check;
Go to Comcast - return 2 cable boxes and cable modem - check;
Go to Best Buy and return phone and pick up a different one - check;
Get oil changed - check;
Go to CVS check prescriptions - check;
Absentee ballots - these didn't work out - the clerk was never there;
Final laundry, dishes, clean out freezers, frig - Thank you thank you Stephanie for the help this afternoon;
Final wrap-ups water, pipes, power, and plants whew!
We finally got on the road between 6-6:30 and at 6:40 turned around to go back home and pickup the rose that Steph brought me (my favorite - Veteran's Honor), then - back on the road again (spotted some golf balls along our walking course and was tempted to stop again LOL) and a stop at Big Boys in Tecumseh. Dinner reminded me of when Steph was little - you order it you eat it LOL. It was so great of her to pick us up & see us off. She had me in stitches with her tales of language mishaps/blunders throughout dinner and when we got to the boat Penelope and Patrick were waiting for us. Penelope had given me a Sweet Pea character awhile ago that I brought on the boat with me that I had to show them. The theme: "Where in the world is Sweet Pea?" Long day but I loved having my "peeps" there to say adios. We still need to finish unpacking the rest of the stuff that we brought in Steph's car but I think it will have to wait until tomorrow - it's about midnight and time for shuteye... According to QAS Wayne's monitor should be here tomorrow first thing - we'll see - we've been waiting for almost a month for this piece of equip.

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