The North Wind: Hello September

Yesterday, we headed north on Lake Huron from East Tawas Bay, to Harrisville. It was a gentle pound in a moderate north east wind, 5-10mph, that proved to be a mesmerizing ride. We had sunshine and temperatures in the 70’s to warm the way to the next community harbor of refuge, and what a beautiful ride it was for the last day of August.

Early morning “Happy Birthday” calls to Emma and Anna, 8/31.
Here comes September; pushing August out in a big way.
We made it ☝🏽

One of the best feelings in this adventure is pulling into a new harbor, anchorage or marina and getting securely settled in. Once on a dock or on the anchor, there’s still a lot of work to do. On a dock we attach the power, wash down the boat, open the screened ports, and generally listen to the latest NOAA weather. The environment is always slightly unique and the time it takes to relax varies too.

Yesterday was interesting. The wind kicked up once we arrived, no worries as we were already on the dock, but it wasn’t long before we realized that the wind was just beginning to build. A quick check on the weather confirmed our hunches that we would be here for more than one night. We made it just before the gusts were at 20mph and water started breaking over the breakwater. You can see from the images how powerful nature is and how attuned Mariners need to be.

So, here we sit for what would have been a travel day, in slip number 1, on this blustery September 1st. Our goal is to reach Chicago by October 1st. We hope and pray (feel free to join us) that we can make it happen. Picture us cruising down the Illinois River along Michigan Avenue, bright sunshine and light breeze. Thanks 🙏🏽

In the meantime, we will keep working our way around Thunder Bay, to Mackinac Island, down Lake Michigan, over to Illinois, to Chicago and into the rivers. Please add a prayer for all those who endured damage and stress from hurricane Ida. We are all one here.

If you’re reading this in “real-time”, go outside tonight and see the moon. The beautiful crescent moon. Feel the wind on your face. I’ll be laying back and looking at a million stars all around. I hope you can see them too. Literally, be present and send those prayers up high!

It’s a heartbeat between this ……
And, this ❤️❤️

I’ll be thinking ‘bout y’all tonight, under the stars.

and again and again as we walk each other home.

8 thoughts on “The North Wind: Hello September

  1. Wendy McGrath

    One of the things I love most, that never fails to fill me with awe and wonder and the magic of gratitude, is that deep in the bones and the soul kind of knowing that we are all being held by this same Earth, gazing at the same starry night, pulled by the rhythms of a shared moon, warmed by the same light of the sun. May the waves rock you sweetly and the wind be at your back. ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

  2. kathyyost01

    Fall has arrived quickly! It is amazing how the weather moves from one season to the next. One moment it is dog daze of summer and now September!!

    Are you now headed south or still moving across the top? I really didn’t imagine the journey to be this long! In my naivety I thought it would take you months because you would linger in some ports and I even thought you would be on Lake Champlain for a few weeks. To my uneducated eyes it feels like a slow adventure.

    I am definitely praying for smooth water, gentle breezes and nautical miles ticking away! We head back to Florida about October 12. We are still at Apple Island until 9/12. Went to the fair today to spend some time with Norm at Pete’s RV sales it was a blast! He is so much fun. We had some fried dough and headed back to camp.

    Cool tonight! High tomorrow 66🌞

    I love you and miss you! Stars and moon are beautiful❤️❤️❤️

    Sent from my iPhone


    1. betheship Post author

      😂 It’s a 6,000 mile trip! We are nearing the halfway point. Thanks for all the love and prayers. Enjoy VT. I bet it was a blast hanging out with Norm at the CVF 🥰

  3. Patty

    Sometimes I get a little queasy just reading your blog. I am not sure I could endure this day in and day out. But, glad you are living in the moment and embracing everything that comes your way. You are my hero!
    Love the pictures of the girls…where does the time go?
    Vermont is cool and windy today. White caps on the lake. Feels like fall. The air feels crisp and clear. Loving it!
    Love you! Patty


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