Meta Fog at Sea

11 August 2014 | Houghton/Hancock, MI
11 August 2014 | Houghton/Hancock, MI
26 July 2014 | Killarney
21 July 2014 | Beardrop Harbor
21 July 2014 | Beardrop Harbor
16 July 2014 | Whitney Bay, Drumond Is. Mi.
04 July 2014 | Detour Village, Michigan's U. P.
26 August 2012 | Tuscarora Bay, NY.
17 August 2012 | L. Ontario
09 August 2012 | Erieau, Ontario, Lake Erie
25 July 2012 | L. Huron
12 July 2012
06 July 2012 | Grand Maarais, Mn
16 June 2012
16 June 2012
16 June 2012
08 June 2012

Copper Harbor, MI

12 July 2012
July 10, 2012 Copper Harbor

Interesting, to us at least, how this trip is shaping up. We had anticipated spending several weeks on Lake Superior’s north shore before heading for the Soo. But having gotten to Isle Royal, we decided to go to the south side (Malone Bay) and take the first wind across to Copper Harbor. It seems we are choosing to enjoy all the memories of our experiences here when we were still working—all exciting, new learning, the tensions of schedules to keep included. But now we seem to be focused on our intention to return to far Atlantic Canada. Wilderness sailing on Lake Superior gave us the experience we needed to make our Newfoundland adventure so successful. So we leave Isle Royale grateful for the experience here and with the grief that we would likely never return, certainly not by boat.

The sail yesterday was one for the books: 15-20 knots just forward of the beam. The wind puffed up and dropped back so, until the last couple of hours, the waves behaved themselves. Our boat has a theoretical speed of about 6 knots, but we spent a lot of time well above that! We took nearly all canvas off the boat and still could not slow her down. In this case that was no problem. The main issue was the motion of the boat which in and of itself found new muscles to strain. We dropped anchor and hit the sack early.

This is the biggest new learning: a sail like this one which in an earlier time would have left us tired, now leaves us both tired and in possession of bodies that need time to recover. So today, when we should be taking advantage of a perfect wind to sail (more slowly today) onward, we take a dock and rest. The next winds are light and from the wrong direction so we may be here for a few days “waiting for weather”.

Of course, we are still totally nuts. For example, on Isle Royal, we took a hike, a lovely 9 mile walk to a cove (Hugginin) on the north shore. Great hike, but possibly a little too long, Ya think?

Ellie’s comment: Our last night on Isle Royale, I got up and went out on deck at midnite to experience a totally starry sky with each star reflected in the glassy small harbor. To the far left, a wolf howled, to the close right, there were lots of loons communicating vigorously and in front of me a very red moon just cresting the surface. I was just a speck in the universe. The area belongs to the loons.

Vessel Name: Meta Fog
Vessel Make/Model: Baba 30
Hailing Port: St. Paul, MN
Crew: Ellie Adams and Jim Hawkins
About: This blog contains current news as well as published and unpublished materials on their 30 years of sailing Meta Fog including the Great Lakes, US East Coast, Newfoundland and Labrador, Gulf of St. Lawrence and Nova Scotia.
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Meta Fog at Sea

Who: Ellie Adams and Jim Hawkins
Port: St. Paul, MN