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Andy Holmes posted 04-14-2002 08:53 PM ET (US)   Profile for Andy Holmes   Send Email to Andy Holmes  
I would like to propose a rendezvous for central/northern Michigan (Lower Peninsula). I'm thinking of something similar to the "Whaler Bake Off" thread that was proposed last fall. There are a number of great places to hold one, or possibly more than one, this year. Examples include Lake Charlevoix, Higgins Lake, Ludington area, Torch Lake, Elk Rapids/Traverse City area, etc.

Please jump in here with your suggestions and comments. The ice should be gone in a few days.

Andy Holmes

Ventura16 posted 04-16-2002 04:02 PM ET (US)     Profile for Ventura16  Send Email to Ventura16     
I'm definitely in, Andy. I tried to get the previous thread going a few times without much success...I think we just have to try to pick a location and some dates and go for it. Hopefully everyone else will join in once things are moving forward.

I would prefer sometime in late July or early August...those are the easiest times for me to get away from my business. As far as location, anywhere is fine with me. We have a summer place in Ludington, so that is a very familiar area to me...but I'd be happy to explore some new territory.

Tom

Andy Holmes posted 04-16-2002 08:09 PM ET (US)     Profile for Andy Holmes  Send Email to Andy Holmes     
Any of the saturdays in Late July would be good for me. I have never boated in the Torch Lake/Elk Rapids area, perhaps that is a possibility. There is lots of protected water, places to go, accessible food, etc. The first saturday in August is our wedding aniversary so that is out. It would be nice to go somewhere that a two to three hour trek with the boats would be possible.

Andy

lhg posted 04-16-2002 08:19 PM ET (US)     Profile for lhg    
I think the Michigan contingent should begin to get organized, so plans can be made. Besides the "bake-off" idea, there has been talk of something in Port Huron.

Since the Wisconsin people have already decided on July 12-14, and since there could be some people who would want to attend both, maybe a mid-August date would be good?

djahncke posted 04-16-2002 10:45 PM ET (US)     Profile for djahncke  Send Email to djahncke     
How about Mullet Lake and the Indian River area? This area offers a wide variety of boating opportunities. There are campgrounds and motels with boat slips, multiple launch sites and the lakes are large enough that they are not crowed even in peak season.

I would be happy to host a cookout or get together at my family's cottage at the north end of Mullet Lake. Or if people would prefer we could boat on over to the Hackmatack Inn for a dinner.

Here are some links to information on the area.

www.fishweb.com/maps/cheboygan/mullett/index.html

www.fishweb.com/maps/cheboygan/indianriver/river/index.html

www.fishweb.com/maps/cheboygan/burtlake/index.html

-Don

Ventura16 posted 04-17-2002 02:36 PM ET (US)     Profile for Ventura16  Send Email to Ventura16     
The Mullet Lake idea intrigues me because I've been thinking for a while about making the trip from Lake Huron over to Conway. I hear it is really beautiful, lot's of territory to explore and good places to eat/gas up. Don's offer to host a cookout is pretty kind too!

I think the weekend of August 10th would work for me...that's the second Saturday in August...just have to double-check my wife's vacation schedule.

It would be great if some of the Wisconsin/Illinois people could attend. I'm sure we would all love to put faces with as many names as possible. I thought that the Port Huron plan was more toward the time of the Port Huron to Mackinaw sailboat race...that is usually at the end of June.

Tom

Andy Holmes posted 04-17-2002 05:51 PM ET (US)     Profile for Andy Holmes  Send Email to Andy Holmes     
August 10 works for me too. Mullet lake sounds good. Let's start some specific planning and try to get the interest level up.

I'm not too great at being in charge but I will be glad to contribute effort and some $$ toward the cookout, planning, contacting hotels, etc. Somebody take the reins and tell me what to do.

Andy

djahncke posted 04-17-2002 08:44 PM ET (US)     Profile for djahncke  Send Email to djahncke     
The first weekend in August, August 3rd would be better if that works. I'm hosting my wife's family reunion for a week starting on August 10th. If August 3rd doesn't work we can do it on the 10th. We'll just have an extra dozen teenagers and a handful of adults around for the cookout. While they all have enjoyed my Whalers every summer for the past 15 years, they have never quite understood their crazy Uncle Don's affinity for Boston Whaler boats.

What type of accommodations are people looking for?

If you wish to camp there is Aloha State Park on the East Shore of Mullet Lake.
www.fishweb.com/maps/cheboygan/mullett/north/aloha.html

The Best Western motel in Cheboygan has 700' of docks on the Cheboygan River to keep your boat (it's about a 30 - 40 minute run down the Cheboygan to get to Mullet Lake.

Indian River offers several places where you can rent a cabin with a dock.

I will start collecting information to pull this together. Post your ideas and email if you are planning on coming. I have a Cheboygan phone book and yellow pages here at home, so if you are looking for phone numbers or contact information I will be happy to help.

Andy, I will be heading up to open the Cottage for the season in about three weeks. How is the ice situation? Is it all gone yet?

Andy Holmes posted 04-17-2002 09:44 PM ET (US)     Profile for Andy Holmes  Send Email to Andy Holmes     
Don:

Good information. The ice is gone on all the lakes as of the day before yesterday. I never thought it would leave, though. We were still plowing snow on April 8th! The last couple of days have even melted most of the snow piles around town. I'll be in Rogers City this friday and will drive by the lake on the way back and check it out.

I will try to work things out for August 3, although I may have a slight political problem with that (our wedding aniversary). Perhaps we could celebrate at the Rendezvous?? I'm pretty sure this can be worked out. We'll stay in touch on this issue.

Let me know when you are coming, we could get a cup of coffee and discuss this stuff.

Andy Holmes

Ventura16 posted 04-17-2002 10:35 PM ET (US)     Profile for Ventura16  Send Email to Ventura16     
The 3rd could work, but the 10th would be better for me...but I'm sure we can work around your family schedule, Don...since you were nice enough to offer us a place to gather. We should plan a specific day trip destination/route that gets us back to our cookout at dinner time...maybe with a casual lunch stop somewhere along the way. I don't know the area, so maybe you guys could come up with a few destination suggestions.

We'll also need some good central rendezvous point for launching and parking...especially if people are going to be staying all over the place. Where are the best ramp/launch facilities?

Tom

Andy Holmes posted 04-18-2002 07:20 PM ET (US)     Profile for Andy Holmes  Send Email to Andy Holmes     
Hi All:

Let's just set it at August 3, then begin to work from there. If there is a consensus that this will be ok, please check in and let everyone know. This way it will be easier for those traveling farther to plan vacation time, etc. I will be glad to research the launch ramp issue, and accommodations, starting tomorrow. I will be in the area and will get some information.
I will check back in when I have something to report (a day or so).

Andy

djahncke posted 04-18-2002 10:29 PM ET (US)     Profile for djahncke  Send Email to djahncke     
The ramp I usually use is the public ramp just north of Dodge Point in the northwest corner of Mullet Lake. It has parking for about a dozen vehicles with trailers. There is only one short dock so it's not a good place to hang around after you launch your boat. However it is close to my cottage, which is just south of Dodge Point on Silver Beach (see Mullet Lake map in earlier post).

There is a ramp at the marina / party store on highway 33 and the Cheboygan River. From there it is about a 15minute run down the river to Mullet Lake.

Aloha State Park located on the east side of the lake has a nice ramp. I believe they charge $4 for a car and $4 for a boat to enter the park and use the ramp.

At the south end of the lake on the Indian River there are ramps a The Landings (where you can rent cabins with docks) and at Indian River Marina (which use to be the local Boston Whaler dealer).

Andy, take a fresh eyes look while you are in the area and let us know what you think.

-Don

Ventura16 posted 04-19-2002 09:50 AM ET (US)     Profile for Ventura16  Send Email to Ventura16     
August 3 will work for me too...sounds like we have a date! If we get a large number of attendees (the more the merrier), it sounds like the State Park might be the best "base of operations"...just from a parking standpoint. We always buy a State Park annual sticker, so no big deal for us to get in. Let us know what you find out from your recon, Andy...maybe there are other alternatives.

Tom

Andy Holmes posted 04-19-2002 08:06 PM ET (US)     Profile for Andy Holmes  Send Email to Andy Holmes     
Hi Guys:

Drove by the lake today on my way back from Cheboygan area. This is going to be really nice. I am thinking the state park will be the best bet, but it may be better to spread the launching around a little bit and meet up somewhere.

What do you think about this: Launch in the lake (State park, or wherever), motor around the lake, then down the river to Cheboygan, wander around the town for a while, have lunch, check out Lake Huron, motor back to Don's cottage for the evening cookout, then a sunset cruise back to the launch area?

That would leave plenty of time to check out each others boats, burn some gas, work up appetites, chew the fat, etc.

I will get a map scanned with all the launch ramps marked in the next week or so. As soon as it warms up a little, I will go launch up there and recon from the water side and report back. Supposed to be a high of 46 degrees tomorrow, a little cool even for me.

Who wants to keep a list of participants and phone numbers?

Andy

Ventura16 posted 04-19-2002 08:31 PM ET (US)     Profile for Ventura16  Send Email to Ventura16     
That sounds like the start of a great plan...thanks a lot for scouting out the situation, Andy...and thanks to you Don for volunteering to host a bunch of Whaler-crazies...hope you told your wife what you got her into. ;-)

We will probably plan on staying for the entire weekend...perhaps we could make a plan for Sunday as well...maybe a really casual breakfast/cruise/hangout day.

I'll be happy to keep track of everyone's contact info and coordinate anything that I can.

Send your contact info to me: whaler@comcast.net

Tom

djahncke posted 04-20-2002 09:52 PM ET (US)     Profile for djahncke  Send Email to djahncke     
The options for areas to explore are basically to head north up the Cheboygan River and out to Lake Huron as Andy suggested or to head south down through the Indian River to Burt Lake and the Crooked River to Crooked Lake. You can go as far as the town of Conway. From Conway to Lake Huron is about 40 miles by water, so there is plenty to explore.

Going north through the Cheboygan to Lake Huron you have to pass through a lock that lowers you 10 or 15 feet. This is one of the great features of Mullet Lake it's level is controlled so we don't suffer from low water problems, yet we still have access to the Great Lakes. Along the Cheboygan River there are several restaurants that have docks or docks near by. Right on the river you have a Big Boy's, The Boathouse and Hackmatack. With a short walk you can get many more.

Going south through the Indian River you pass through the town of Indian River, which offers several restaurants. The options are fewer as Indian River is a much smaller town than Cheboygan. I have always wanted to but never have gone any farther than the mouth of the Crooked River. So, I can't offer any first hand knowledge for that part of the waterway.

dfmcintyre posted 04-20-2002 10:35 PM ET (US)     Profile for dfmcintyre  Send Email to dfmcintyre     
We have stayed at Indian River, and launched from there. Went north the first day, all the way to Cheyb., then south the next day. Buy using I/R as the overnight point, it makes for an easy trip either way.

Don

Ventura16 posted 04-21-2002 09:48 AM ET (US)     Profile for Ventura16  Send Email to Ventura16     
Anyone planning to attend, please email me with your name, address (at least your city & state), email address and info about your boat...I will compile it into an Excel spreadsheet and send it out periodically to all attendees.

whaler@comcast.net

Tom

ledfoot posted 04-22-2002 01:19 PM ET (US)     Profile for ledfoot  Send Email to ledfoot     
Count me in for August 3rd! Hopefully a 21' Walkaround isn't too big for this trip...?
Whaletosh posted 04-22-2002 03:33 PM ET (US)     Profile for Whaletosh    
Ledfoot,

Don't worry your, 21 walk will be fine. I stayed at Camp Modoc on the Indian River two summers ago. I saw plenty of boats bigger than yours on both on the rivers, and on Burt and Mullet lakes.

djahncke posted 04-22-2002 10:30 PM ET (US)     Profile for djahncke  Send Email to djahncke     
Ledfoot,

There are plenty of large craft that ply these waters. I often admire a 43' Matthews Sedan of early 60's vintage that is kept on the Indian River.

Ventura16 posted 04-29-2002 09:39 AM ET (US)     Profile for Ventura16  Send Email to Ventura16     
We are currently up to 8 boats for the Mullet Lake rendezvous...come on you other guys (you know who you are)...send me your info:

whaler@comcast.net

BTW, I happened to be browsing the DNR/State Parks website and discovered that sites for Aloha State Park on Mullet Lake are in short supply...anyone who plans to camp should probably look into that. The reservation link is below:

http://www.midnrreservations.com/

Tom

mjd65 posted 04-29-2002 12:07 PM ET (US)     Profile for mjd65  Send Email to mjd65     
August 3 coincides with our family vacation so it could be a possability. I was wondering what part of the campground to stay in?

Will be coming with wife and two daughters 5 and 7 years old and the Rage. We ussually go to Silver Lake each year but it could be time for a change.

Mike
Lake Breeze Rage

Ventura16 posted 04-29-2002 02:38 PM ET (US)     Profile for Ventura16  Send Email to Ventura16     
Maybe you could do both, Mike...

We plan on going right from the Mullet Lake get-together over to Silver Lake. My in-laws live near Hart so that area is our regular hangout in the summer.

Tom

mjd65 posted 04-29-2002 04:46 PM ET (US)     Profile for mjd65  Send Email to mjd65     
Our vaction is from 27th of July thru the 5th of August.

We have also thought about going to Manitou Ilands to camp for a day or two so it maybe a good time to do it that week.

Mike
Lake Breezw Rage

Andy Holmes posted 05-04-2002 08:12 AM ET (US)     Profile for Andy Holmes  Send Email to Andy Holmes     
Hi Guys:

Heading up to Mullet Lake this afternoon to do a little scouting around. We plan to launch at the State Park ramp and motor up to the river. Also will try to get those maps and some photos.

I'll report back on findings. Supposed to be in the 60's today - finally!

Andy Holmes posted 05-11-2002 07:12 AM ET (US)     Profile for Andy Holmes  Send Email to Andy Holmes     
Got tied up with work last weekend. Trying to get there today. The world has been conspiring to keep me out of the boat this week.
djahncke posted 05-13-2002 10:21 PM ET (US)     Profile for djahncke  Send Email to djahncke     
Friday I grabbed a vacation day and drove up to Mullet Lake and opened the cottage for the season. Fortunately I didn't have the trailer hitch on the new van so I was not temped to "dip" one of the Whalers in Saturday morning. I kept my noise to the grindstone and got most of the items done on the work plan.

It's a good thing we settled on August 3rd. I found out while I was up there that the Top of Michigan Boat Races is on August 10th and 11th. Both the Indian River and Cheboygan River are closed to normal boat traffic on these days.

I also found this website with information on the Inland Waterway.

http://www.irtourism.com/inlandwaterway.htm

crosley95 posted 05-24-2002 03:44 PM ET (US)     Profile for crosley95  Send Email to crosley95     
andy,

Just wanted to bring the post back to the top. There is a chance i could make the rendezbous. I'm working like a nut to have my '67 Sakonnet finished. I have a cottage rented on Pickerel Lake starting August 3rd. Pickerel Lake is on the Inland Waterway. Hope it works out.


jeff

Ventura16 posted 05-27-2002 09:24 AM ET (US)     Profile for Ventura16  Send Email to Ventura16     
Jeff...make sure you send me your contact info and some info on your Whaler...I am compiling a list of everyone who is coming to the Aug. 3 rendezvous. We are currently up to 9 boats...

send info to: whaler@comcast.net

Tom

jimh posted 06-04-2002 09:17 AM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
Mullet Lake is my old boating grounds from the 1960's. We were just up there a couple of years ago with our 15-Sport and made the run from the Crooked River all the way to Cheboygan and back. A long run in the 15, but lots of fun.

If the timing works out for us, we'll try to join you guys. Right now all our summer boating plans are on hold pending some other developments.

--jimh

Ventura16 posted 06-04-2002 07:34 PM ET (US)     Profile for Ventura16  Send Email to Ventura16     
I hope you can make it, Jimh...I'm sure we'll have a great time! So far we are up to 10 boats...ranging in size from 13 to 21 feel.

Tom

djahncke posted 06-28-2002 06:19 PM ET (US)     Profile for djahncke  Send Email to djahncke     
OK guys, it's five weeks and counting. Let's start to nail down the plans.

1. Who is coming? If you already haven't done so get your information to Ventrua16 so that we know to look for you.

2. Where and what time do we meet on Saturday the 3rd.? The current proposal is Aloha State Park. I like this because it has a small sheltered harbor that will make it easier to get together regardless of which way the wind is blowing. The question is what time?

3. Which way do people want to head? North up through the Cheboygan River or South through the Indian River? The Indian River is more scenic but the Cheboygan River offers more dinning and docking opportunities.

Let's get some discussion going. I will be up there over the July 4th weekend and will be able to check out details if anyone has some specific questions.

Ventura16 posted 06-28-2002 09:39 PM ET (US)     Profile for Ventura16  Send Email to Ventura16     
1. Well, I'm still in...at one point, we had 10 boats who had responded, but several of those were tentative.

2. We are driving up early Saturday morning and camping at Aloha State Park on Saturday night. I suggest we meet around 9 or 10 Saturday morning at the State Park launch ramp.

3, My vote is to pack some coolers with lunch and head south into the Indian River area. I'd rather look at the scenery and do some real boating than do the restaurant/town scene.

Tom

Andy Holmes posted 07-01-2002 11:30 PM ET (US)     Profile for Andy Holmes  Send Email to Andy Holmes     
Hi Guys:

I'm still in. Been very busy at work lately, plus selling a house, buying another, and moving twice in three months. Finally in the door, unpacked and back boating just in time.

We went up to Burt Lake state park and launched a week ago last saturday. Great day, went thru the Indian River to Mullett lake and up the lake a ways. Very scenic and relaxing ride. Looking forward to the Aug. 3 weekend either going north or south is fine with me. One thing I did notice, is that Burt Lake state park has a great ramp and lots of parking for cars/trailers, so that might be an option if the wind isn't too bad out of the north. Burt lake also seemed more sheltered than Mullett Lake.

Crosley95: I looked at your whaler before you bought it. Hope the restoration goes well; I'm not that much into working on boats so chickened out on that one. When I looked at it I was living in Lexington, KY. Sure hope you can make it to the rendezvous.

Andy Holmes

Andy Holmes posted 07-05-2002 09:44 PM ET (US)     Profile for Andy Holmes  Send Email to Andy Holmes     
Hi All:

Went up to Mullett Lake yesterday (4th), launched at a public ramp on the NW side of the lake, just off US-27. Motored up the Cheboygan River, locked through to the Cheboygan side ($ 4.00 each way) and on into Cheboygan. Great trip, temp about 75 degrees, clear blue sky. Went out into lake Huron about a half mile or so, enough to see the Mackinac Bridge. Waves were 3'-4' or so, so we didn't stay out there long. Lunch at the Boathouse restaurant on the river, on the way back south, good food and good reasonable prices. This is going to be a great trip on August 3. For those of you who need places to stay, try the Days Inn or Best Western in Cheboygan. They both back up to the river, but the Days Inn has better docking facilities.

See you all in August.

Andy

scarlson posted 07-08-2002 07:49 PM ET (US)     Profile for scarlson    
Having been boating on the Inland Waterway(Cheyboygan R., Mullet lk, Burt Lk. Crooked R.) since 1970 I thought I might add to this. My best fishing buddy's grandfather bought a place on Mullet in 1929 and its still in the family. I bought my first Whaler in Indian River at Indian River Marina (no longer a Whaler dealer)in 1985 (Montauk) when I went for parts and made an insulting offer for the Montauk. Turns out the old owner was trying to liquidate the inventory to sell out to his staff who had zero cash and they took my offer. If I stated the price and what I got I would be deemed the biggest Liar ever on this website because it was at or near wholesale. But the old ower "Bernie" was shrewd, he got my cash, and they guys he sold to went bankrupt.

A couple of things. The Landings is a good place to launch on the Indian River as it is totally protected. As you go up I-75 you will see warnings that the inland passage is a "high wind warning area" and they ain't kidding. Listen for specific wind conditions on that area. The area is a low spot between the northern tip of the lower penninsula and the south. The old fur traders used it as a route to stay out of the straits, but the wind can do funny things. The other thing is check befor you go up the Crooked River. Check the depth in low rainfall seasons it can get really bad for depth, the other (uncontrollable) is aholes with too big boats and too little brains. The crooked is very narrow and has really tight bends, and the current can be tricky. I've actually encountered boaters backing downstream as I came around a bend.
Enjoy the area and expect to see a lot of classic Whalers. Bernie at the old "Indian River Marinia" was one of the origonal "Whaler" dealers in MI and sold a ton of boats, many of which are still around up there.
For those of you into navigation check out the United States Coast Pilot 6, and NOAA chart #14886 which covers the area for a lot of useful info. Safe Boating.
For those of you that are into the best chicken in the world check out the Damsite Inn while your there. Your Grandma would kill for their recipe.

Ventura16 posted 07-12-2002 04:01 PM ET (US)     Profile for Ventura16  Send Email to Ventura16     
Thanks for the great info, Andy and scarlson. I can't wait until the 3rd...we are going to have a blast!

Don Jahncke is off on an Alaskan cruise, but he and I got together this week with our wives and formulated a basic plan of attack. This is what we came up with:

We will meet between 9 and 10 a.m. on August 3 at the launch ramp of Aloha State Park (on the East shore of Mullet Lake). We plan an all-day cruise South across Mullet Lake...down the Indian River...across Burt Lake...and down the Crooked River....and then back again. Plan on packing a cooler with drinks and snacks. We may stop for lunch somewhere along the way.

Saturday evening, Don & Elsa will host a cookout at their cottage on the West shore of Mullet Lake. Don and Elsa, and Jan and I, will supply the food (standard bbq menu) Everyone else can just chip in to cover the expenses.

Sunday will be a casual get-together for anyone still in the area. We are planning to stay in the State Park Saturday night and will probably go toward Cheboygan on Sunday...maybe we can all meet for breakfast.

Contact: Tom Greenberg (Ventura16) whaler@comcast.net

248-360-1965 home (evenings & weekends)
248-980-6382 cell (anytime)

Tom

Andy Holmes posted 07-18-2002 09:25 PM ET (US)     Profile for Andy Holmes  Send Email to Andy Holmes     
Sounds great, looking forward to it. You may want to consider the Big Boy Restaurant in Cheboygan for the Sunday AM breakfast. They are right on the Cheboygan River, and have plenty of dock space.

Andy

JoeH posted 07-27-2002 12:55 AM ET (US)     Profile for JoeH  Send Email to JoeH     
I spoke with Tom this afternoon, count us in!I am really looking forward to it. I have a 92 Outrage 19 and was wondering what everybody else had, specifically, any other Outrage owners? This is our first real season with it and I have a lot of learning to do. See you next weekend, Joe
Ventura16 posted 07-29-2002 01:28 PM ET (US)     Profile for Ventura16  Send Email to Ventura16     
O.K....no more procrastinating!

We are at the point of purchasing food and supplies for the Mullet Lake rendezvous this Saturday. We need to get an accurate headcount of attendees.

Please post here or email me directly if you are planning to attend.

Tom (whaler@comcast.net)

JoeH posted 07-30-2002 02:00 AM ET (US)     Profile for JoeH  Send Email to JoeH     
Tom, two adults. Thank you, Joe
Andy Holmes posted 07-31-2002 11:57 AM ET (US)     Profile for Andy Holmes  Send Email to Andy Holmes     
I'm coming. 1998 17' Standard, one adult so far, maximum of two adults.

Andy

Andy Holmes posted 08-03-2002 09:14 PM ET (US)     Profile for Andy Holmes  Send Email to Andy Holmes     
Hi Guys:

Great day for boating. Glad you all could make it. Sorry we had to bug out early, but, maybe next year we can do the whole thing. If you could all email me your addresses, I'll get the photo's scanned, and get each of you a CD. Let me know if you want hard copies instead.

I'm going to send some selected photos in to Jim, in case he wants to use some on the web site.

If you guys want to do this type of thing again, either Mullett Lake or other places, I'm all for it. It was a great time!

Best Regards,

Andy Holmes

Spartan1 posted 08-03-2002 10:26 PM ET (US)     Profile for Spartan1    
Hi everyone,

I couldn't be part of the Rendezous this time (family obligation all weekend). I was able to view the Whaler parade today as you went past my place. I have the Outrage 18' just north of the Hackmatack, on the Cheboygan River. Joe Hubbard, it was nice to meet you and your Dad and compliment each others Outrage. I hope that if we had any first timers to the area you come back and enjoy what the area has to offer.

Best Regards,

John

djahncke posted 08-05-2002 09:47 PM ET (US)     Profile for djahncke  Send Email to djahncke     
I would like to thank everyone for a wonderful day. Especially to Tom for letting me hitch a ride on his boat when mine developed engine trouble. It was great fun cruising the Indian River with so many Whalers.

Andy, I'm sorry you weren't able to stay for the whole event. Next year we will try not to schedule it on your anniversary.

Joe, thanks for giving the kids the ride in your Outrage. Michael and George got a real kick out of the ride and Michael looked great in the "Whaler-doo" when you brought him back.

John, perhaps you will be able to cruise down the Cheboygan River and join the party next time.

- Don

JoeH posted 08-06-2002 12:51 AM ET (US)     Profile for JoeH  Send Email to JoeH     
It was a pleasure to meet all of you and check out some different boats. Fine weather, fun boats, excellent company, a great weekend. Don, thanks again for having us at your home. Joe
Ventura16 posted 08-11-2002 05:06 PM ET (US)     Profile for Ventura16  Send Email to Ventura16     
Well, we are finally back in the land of the Internet. We've had quite an eventful week, but I've been anxious to comment on our time at Mullet Lake last weekend...what a blast! Jan, Cassie and I had such a good time meeting everyone and cruising on the Indian and Cheboygan rivers as part of the Whaler "pod". We definitely need to plan on another rendezvous for next year...this one was just the first of many to come.

Don and Elsa...thank you so much for the hospitality of your beautiful cottage and the great dinner that really capped off the day. We enjoyed hanging out with your kids and your dogs...epecially liked Michael's evil laugh and his "Whaler 'do"

Joe and Cathy Price...keep the Whaler (or get a bigger one) so you can join us again next year...hope you enjoy the rest of your summer in Michigan's North country....and good luck with 'Bud...he's a piece of work!

Joe Hubbard and dad Larry...love your Outrage...glad you could make it. It was great to meet you...bring the rest of the family next time!

Andy and buddy Bob...sorry that you couldn't stay for the whole day...hope we have more time to chat next time...but we owe you a big thanks for getting the ball rolling!

I took a lot of pictures and will try to send out copies electronically to everyone soon...and some to Jimh as well (I got photos of some of the indigenous Whaler species living in the area).

John (Spartan1) and all the other Whaler owners around the area...plan on joining us next year...we had one of the finest days on the water I've ever spent...great boats, great weather, great food, great company!

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