Second Knot

18 September 2019 | Metro Park
18 August 2019 | St Clair River, Port Hurong
17 August 2019 | St Clair
16 August 2019 | Lexington to St Clair Boat Harbor
15 August 2019 | Lexington
14 August 2019 | Lexington
13 August 2019 | Lexington
12 August 2019 | Port Sanilac
11 August 2019 | Port Sanilac
10 August 2019 | Harrisville
09 August 2019 | Rogers City
08 August 2019 | Rogers City
07 August 2019 | Rogers City
06 August 2019 | Mackinac Island
05 August 2019 | Mackinaw City
04 August 2019 | Rogers City
03 August 2019 | Alpena, MI
02 August 2019 | East Tawas
01 August 2019 | East Tawas, MI
31 July 2019 | Caseville, MI

Last get-away for season

18 September 2019 | Metro Park
Doug Lauzon | Blue skys, warm, and calm seas
Today we took advantage of the next several days forecast for near summer weather and headed south on the St Clair River to Metro Park in Lake St Clair. This was a recall to younger years as kids coming here for family picnics, beach, pool, boating, and outdoor roller skating. It was also the site where we brought our first boat(a car top sailboat) back in our first years of marriage.
Tomorrow we go to Jefferson Beach Marina(another memory of past years)to have the boat serviced before haul out next week. Plans are for dinner with Janet and Carl, Cathy's childhood neighbor and husband.
Friday will be dinner with Doug's college roommate, Joe, and wife Pam. They just bought a newer boat, so a celebration will be in order.
Saturday we will return to home port for our last weekend before ending season one on the Great Lakes.

8/18–4th Annual St Clair River Float Down

18 August 2019 | St Clair River, Port Hurong
Doug Lauzon | Sunny, becoming cloudy with gusty winds
Today is the 4th Annual St Clair River Float Down, with hundreds of participants floating down the river on inner tubes, floats, rafts, and even a picnic table afloat with plastic drums beneath, and equipped with a tiki umbrella and charcoal grill.
Some of the entries ended their float down sooner than expected due to increased winds and threatening storms. Last year many were blown to the Canadian shores, retrieved, and put on buses for re-entry to the USA.

8/17–St Clair Jazz Festival

17 August 2019 | St Clair
Doug Lauzon | Sunny and warm
Today brought out many jazz artists and their listeners for an annual festival held at Palmer Park on the boardwalk of St Clair. The event started at 1:00pm and lasted until 10:00pm.
We spent part of the afternoon with Heather and Shane on their Sea Doos, running the river to Marysville, followed by a great meal at Murphy's Inn across the Pine River from our boat.

Day 19, 8/16–Lexington to St Clair Boat Harbor

16 August 2019 | Lexington to St Clair Boat Harbor
Doug Lauzon | Sunny, warm, and calm seas
Today was our last day of travel, ending our trip that lasted almost three weeks. The lake was one of the nicest days to cruise with calm seas and a great way to end our voyage. Once arriving back at home port, we spent the afternoon giving Second Knot a well deserved outside cleaning.
The evening was spent with our home port dockside good friends, Heather and Shane, that welcomed us back, enjoying tales of our trip and conversation around a fire pit alongside their boat. We are blessed to have so many people that share our interests and have allowed us to form such special bonds of friendship along our ways.
Tomorrow, St Clair is hosting the Jazz Festival which should bring a lot of musical talent and hours of good listening along the boardwalk.

Just to sum up our trip:
•One country •One state •One island
•One lake •One river •One bay
•19 days •8 ports •11 days of travel
•530 nautical miles •61 engine hours
•525 gallons of diesel fuel
One great time.

Thank you to all that followed us and shared our experience of a dream.
Next month we will be doing a one week trip down the southern end of the St Clair River, Lake St Clair, and the Detroit River. See you then.

Day 18, 8/15–Day at Lexington

15 August 2019 | Lexington
Doug Lauzon | Clouds and sun, cool, and breezy
A second day of rest in Lexington was a welcomed feeling today. After seeing Mike and Mary Lou arrive, we met in town during our walk as they were touring on their bikes. We shared some time aboard their 45' Ocean Yacht sport fish for a drink before dinner at The Wind Jammer--as well as a night cap after. He was a great boat broker for us, and now great friends.
Tomorrow we will depart and head for home port. It will be an appreciated return with some warmer weather in store for the weekend. Our run time should only be about three hours.

Day 17, 8/14–Day at Lexington

14 August 2019 | Lexington
Doug Lauzon | Sunny, windy, and rough seas
Today was just one of those lazy days in port. We did a walk into town, a walk on the breakwater pier, played paddle board in the park, and sat on the bridge of the boat enjoying a glass of wine.
Tomorrow our boat broker, Mike, and his wife, Mary Lou are arriving on their boat to stay the day and evening. Friday we will both leave to head back to the home port of Second Knot at St Clair Boat Harbor.
Vessel Name: Second Knot
Vessel Make/Model: Mainship 34’ Trawler
Hailing Port: St. Clair, MI.
Crew: Doug & Cathy
About: Second Knot will be our boating season home on the water in the Great Lakes.
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