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We Are Here!

At the tip of the mitten ✋🏽
  • Day 142
  • 400 hours underway
  • 3000 miles traveled
  • 12 states
  • countless rivers and creeks

We are about to cross the Straights of Mackinaw and officially say “good bye” to Lake Huron and “hello” to Lake Michigan. From the Detroit River all the way north, this section of the loop has been big and beautiful! Big like Montana sky big. Big like an ocean! And the eastern shore line of Michigan is a remote wilderness with white sand beaches for miles and miles and evergreen trees like those that grow in Nova Scotia. Its a place that inspires aweness.

Rogers City breakwater.

The weather here is big too, like when its blowing 10+ on Lake Huron the waves come up fast and every couple of seconds! A little bit of west in the wind brings some protection from the land, but certainly don’t count on it because its too powerful to accurately predict. Here, the forecast and the actual weather, rarely agree. We have had five foot waves crashing over our bow and we have seen relative calm. This place has taught us a lot and has definitely earned our respect. This morning we walked down on the beach looking towards Bois Blanc Island and the Mackinaw Bridge and reveled in the grandness of it all. If I had more time with my phone in hand and planfulness about documenting this section of the loop, you would be seeing dozens of images of light houses, big ships, expansive waters, multidimensional clouds and waves on the water. This morning’s imaginary pictures include the gorgeous fruit and vegetables at the Cheybogan Farmers Market, the beach pines and a fun video of me zipping along the trails from the harbor into town.

Everything is energy.

Lake Michigan is bound to bring new challenges and new lessons in life. Personally, I am learning to not be separate from the essence of things. This requires being fully present in every moment. You bring everything in and welcome it. That, my friends, is love. Presence is unburdened by old stories and doesn’t need to worry about the future. I hope you find yourself in your own presence and realize the profound being you are at heart.

Me time for David.
Profile like Santiago, from The Old Man and the Sea.
One last look at Lake Huron ☀️🤟🏽

Presque Isle, Michigan

Northeast Kingdom of Michigan, Presque Isle Point.

We believe we found one of the most beautiful places on earth. And the form of the world reflected this. It was palpable the moment we were greeted at the dock by a group of dockhands and when we met the sailor on a neighboring boat, literally, love was all around us.

There was abundant peace in Presque Isle. From the Harbor to the back roads and even during a dramatic storm, it was an amazing place. We lingered there for three days! It was soul food. It was our neighbor offering us his truck to drive 60 miles (each way) to Cheboygan to pick up David’s prescriptions. It was the local farmer, Otto, and the wonderful food he raised. It was free bikes and dirt roads. It was cooking a Sunday dinner together. It was reading good books in the sunshine. It was exploring beaches and lighthouses. It was turquoise water and white sand. It was a million stars and the Milky Way.

Biking to the “old” lighthouse. Working on my coordination.

Some sights from Presque Isle

The “Old” Lighthouse.
The “New” Lighthouse.
Inside the Old Lighthouse.
My free wheels.
The marina.

Presque Isle is a place you carry with you. Small but mighty. Peaceful and energetic. A place where one meets strangers who may be angels.

Regardless of the love fest’, we needed to get to Rogers City for a number of things, mainly an oil change, and we headed out On Monday morning (Labor Day) into a northwest wind that built. Not our first choice, but we felt good and the sun was shining. It was a bit rough when we turned up, away from Presque Isle Point. Not a ride for the faint of heart. A 20 mile event.

Four foot seas. We got through it.
Land ahoy!

Wishing you peace, wherever you are.