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Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Cheboygan - great stop...except for the cost of repairs!

Cheboygan is the home of the Coast Guard ship, Mackinaw. The Mackinaw brings up the rear on the Port Huron Mackinac Race.  As we entered the Cheboygan River, we passed the Mackinaw, with the guys on board.

We were also looking for our friends, who previously kept their boat at Wheeler's Landing, where we have a slip. They decided to cruise to some new places by being closer to the North Channel. One More Day, is a 50 Foot Cruisers and has a beautiful blue hull.

Over the last few weeks, we noticed our head system was not working as well as in the past. The last thing any boat owner wants is to have "head trouble". We called Walstroms and they were helpful and ready to assist.
Joe at Walstroms seems to have seen it all. He and Tim were extremely helpful. They are located near town and we really enjoyed the local restaurants. Boatworks was fabulous!
 
 
Sometimes the boys get to go with us. We rode to the lighthouse, with a BALL.

The photographer has to go to great lengths to get a photo of herself and BooBoo.
 
The lighthouse is well maintained and charming!

Walking into the back room, I almost had a heart attack. This replica looks so real! He looks exactly like his photograph - the last lighthouse keeper!

Fabulous view, though I almost died going up and down the grated stairs. Don't look down and hang onto the rail with both hands behind you. I would have taken a picture, but then I would have to take on hand off the handrail behind me.

The reward of the day is a romp in the water. Balls and sticks are where it's at!




 

 
Parts needed to be ordered, so we decided to make the best of the situation. Our friends on One More Day told us about the great bike trails, so we unloaded our bikes and took off for parts unknown. The trails were beautiful and we followed the trail to Mullett Lake.

If you follow the chain of Lakes, you can take your boat (smaller than ours) through Mullett Lake, Crooked Lake and almost to Lake Michigan. The trip would take a good part of a day and we are thinking our pontoon boat would be perfect for the trip. We could stay at a hotel at the west end and then cruise back the next day. There are locks along the way. We have done that! 117 times!

Our friends from Sault St. Marie stopped by to visit. They are a great couple and Tim is a childhood friend of Jim's. Spending time with them is always good for a few stories of boyhood in Columbiaville. Fishing was their main sport as boys.
 
 

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