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The next chapter
86 degrees, sunny
07/10/2008, Toledo Beach Marina, Lake Erie

Well, we're currently getting ready for the next chapter in our trip from the Great Lakes to the East Coast. We've added a windlass, chartplotter and the work continues on the boat as we get ready to leave. It seems like an unending list of things to get done!

St Ignace, MI
09/02/2007

Thursday August 2, 2007 St. Ignace, MI
Started out with Thunderstorms and rain so we stayed today. Lazy day. Had cereal and waited to see if it was going to clear, but it was raining until close to noon, so we signed up for another day here at this pretty marina. Carted my computer up to the office to see if it would work better there and got the same message - invalid access code so the girl gave me another 24 hour one that also didn't work, so she gave me a 48 hour one that finally worked so I took it to the Marina lounge near the boat and got it up to 11Mbps - zoom zoom so redid my email messages and checked my weather charts online. Can't believe how much I miss accessing my weather data online. Went over the charts for the next couple days, then wandered into St Ignace for some polarized sunglasses, hard to find, but the lady at the pharmacy finally directed us to the Ace Hardware of all places and they had them! Now I need to make sure that these don't go overboard like my reading glasses did!

Ate at the Mackinac Grill again tonite - had the Caribbean chicken and coconut shrimp. Man that stuff was hot! Felt badly for Wayne, he got the same thing but we scraped off the Jerk and ate it. Terrific salad bar - Wayne actually got a tomato and some fruit tonight J

Came back to the marina - the band is really pretty good tonight. Last night's was pathetic, but tonight's group is rocking with classic rock. I'm still able to access the internet (just not from the inside of the boat). Temp is finally cooling - can see the leading edge of the cold front - good size clouds descending and bringing refreshing cool air after a few days in the mid 90s. Crazy especially here in the U.P. Waynes' reading and I'm catching up on my journal, emails, games, etc... It's nice to be able to charge our phones, computer battery, and read by light without worrying about the batteries starting. That will come soon enough... I'm signing off - going to sit here in the cockpit and enjoy this nice cool breeze and view of some beautiful clouds and a red sunset.

New Home for the Winter Season
90, sunny & hot
08/23/2007, Toledo Beach Marina

Home again, home again jiggity jig... We're now at Toledo Beach Marina for the winter season. Next summer will see us heading out to the canal system...

Now to tuck in and time to contemplete putting our little bird on the hard...

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