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djahncke posted 08-15-2008 10:37 PM ET (US)   Profile for djahncke   Send Email to djahncke  
This evening at the Harbor Springs Owners Event I received a few requests to pick a date for this year's addition of the BWGLCC's annual Mullett Rendezvous. The potential dates are the weekend of September 6th, September 13 or October 4th.

Anyone who is interested in attending please chime in with your thoughts and date preferences.

-Don

jeffs22outrage posted 08-15-2008 10:38 PM ET (US)     Profile for jeffs22outrage  Send Email to jeffs22outrage     
The first weekend in Oct has always brought some good weather and the colors are starting to shine!
dfmcintyre posted 08-17-2008 06:16 PM ET (US)     Profile for dfmcintyre  Send Email to dfmcintyre     
The 4th works best for us.

Mac 'n Gail

AtoZ posted 08-17-2008 08:01 PM ET (US)     Profile for AtoZ  Send Email to AtoZ     
4th would work for us.

Great seeing everyone at Harbor Springs..

Terry & Donna
Meridian

home Aside posted 08-18-2008 08:17 AM ET (US)     Profile for home Aside  Send Email to home Aside     
October 4th would be best for me too...

Pat

home Aside posted 08-18-2008 08:21 AM ET (US)     Profile for home Aside  Send Email to home Aside     
A sample of last year's color tour.
Moose posted 08-18-2008 11:03 PM ET (US)     Profile for Moose  Send Email to Moose     
Don,

Great meeting you and Elsa Saturday, and your nephew at dinner. Keep working on that WMU family discount plan, it seems more than fair to me!

Mary and I are currently planning our boating season finale for the week of September 13-20. We'll likely be on Crooked, Burt and Mullett on Saturday the 13th and would like to join the cruise, if that is the date.

I'll check back for your decision.

Steve

Cicada posted 08-21-2008 08:47 PM ET (US)     Profile for Cicada  Send Email to Cicada     
October 4th will work for us.
jimh posted 08-21-2008 09:56 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
October 4th is perfect for us.
Cicada posted 08-22-2008 09:56 PM ET (US)     Profile for Cicada  Send Email to Cicada     
The name "Cicada" will be retired here shortly. Somehow I don't think a terrestrial insect represents our real interests in boating. Calling the Outrage "The Outrage" doesn't seem to work either, and we've pretty much settled on the new name for the Outrage.

Maybe a little christening is in order?

I could probably get her all prettied up by then.

Paul

David Pendleton posted 08-23-2008 01:15 AM ET (US)     Profile for David Pendleton  Send Email to David Pendleton     
For what it's worth, I've grown rather accustomed to the name...

And, even though I am repulsed by Cicadas (my yard is full of them right now, and they sometimes buzz me in the garage which makes me run like a little girl), I am drawn to the boat Cicada and the company of it's owners.

Hoosier posted 08-26-2008 06:55 PM ET (US)     Profile for Hoosier  Send Email to Hoosier     
We're in for Oct 4. Where/when do we launch/recover?
MarthaB posted 08-26-2008 09:10 PM ET (US)     Profile for MarthaB  Send Email to MarthaB     
Oct 4th works for Con, Fisher & me.
djahncke posted 08-28-2008 10:02 PM ET (US)     Profile for djahncke  Send Email to djahncke     
Well it seems like it’s October 4th by a landslide (or is that seaslide?).

So, now that we have a date we can start the planning discussions. In past years we have gathered in front of my cottage for the trip through the Inland Waterway to Crooked Lake, having lunch along the way. Then return to my cottage for a dinner and whaler fellowship.
Do we do the same this year? Or do we vary it a bit?
Chime in with your thoughts!

-Don

AtoZ posted 08-29-2008 09:16 PM ET (US)     Profile for AtoZ  Send Email to AtoZ     
Don,
Don't forget Friday night dinner at the Boathouse.
Terry
AtoZ posted 08-31-2008 11:59 AM ET (US)     Profile for AtoZ  Send Email to AtoZ     
We have made reseverations at the Brentwood in Indian River $65/night

Terry & Donna Hoy

Buckda posted 09-02-2008 02:11 PM ET (US)     Profile for Buckda  Send Email to Buckda     
I'm in -

I will be driving up early on Saturday morning - and will probably launch the boat at Indian River to "Catch up" with the group. Someone (hopefully) can run me down to Indian River that evening to pick up my rig and bring it back up closer to the event.

Dave

AtoZ posted 09-02-2008 05:44 PM ET (US)     Profile for AtoZ  Send Email to AtoZ     
Dave,
We can drive you back,
Terry
Meridian
jimh posted 09-08-2008 12:38 AM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
I think the ramp isn't in Indian River but a ways north right at the southern end of Mullet Lake. Is that the one you're thinking of using, Dave?
Buckda posted 09-08-2008 02:17 AM ET (US)     Profile for Buckda  Send Email to Buckda     
I was thinking to use the marina ramp on the S side of the river in the town of Indian River. It is the same ramp that Don and Gail McIntyre used the previous two years. I don't know of a ramp on the southern end of Mullett Lake other than the DNR ramp south of Aloha State Park on the Eastern side of the lake, which puts me on the "wrong" side of the lake.

Where is the other ramp?

Mel Wallace posted 09-08-2008 10:12 AM ET (US)     Profile for Mel Wallace  Send Email to Mel Wallace     
There is a ramp in the town of Topinabee on Mullet lake. Just Google "topinabee michigan boat ramp" and you'll find it. It's a better ramp than the public one in Indian River.
jimh posted 09-16-2008 11:00 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
If there is a ramp in Topinabee it is well concealed. I couldn't find it on GOOGLE EARTH's photography.
jeffs22outrage posted 09-16-2008 11:52 PM ET (US)     Profile for jeffs22outrage  Send Email to jeffs22outrage     
Well,

I will not be able to make the trip....again. My wife will be out of town on business that weekend so, it is just myself and the little guy. Being 8 months old on that weekend he really is not up to the trip. If it he was a few years old we both would be there. I have been up there on those lakes for the past 3 falls at one time or another and really love the area. Sorry I will miss it this year.

K Albus posted 09-17-2008 08:57 AM ET (US)     Profile for K Albus  Send Email to K Albus     
The Topinabee Boat Ramp: http://www.fishweb.com/maps/cheboygan/mullett/topinabee/index.html
ChrisW posted 09-20-2008 08:02 PM ET (US)     Profile for ChrisW  Send Email to ChrisW     
Thank-You Don for hosting this weekend at Mullet again. I think everyone agrees it is one of the highlights of the season, as much for the camaraderie
as the great boating. It is unfortunate that Elsa won't be joining us this year. We'll miss her sunshine and delectable contributions to our festivities. That being said a few of us are thinking Italian would be good after a full day of boating. Unless there is a galley slave out there here is what we will need:

#1 pan Stouffer's family style Lasagna
#2 pan Stouffer's family style Lasagna
Garlic bread or other rolls & butter
Parmesan Cheese
Red Wine
Salad
appetizer
dessert
and anything else I left off

I'll volunteer the Salad.

--Chris

P.S.--Don, you need not sign-up

Buckda posted 09-22-2008 10:27 AM ET (US)     Profile for Buckda  Send Email to Buckda     
I will bring a pie for dessert.

The weather forecast is calling for cool temperatures and cloudy on Saturday...with snow/sleet in the mornings the week before. Let's hope that weather system isn't delayed; and I'd ask that Don do whatever voodoo magic he did the past two years for great weather to ensure that we have a great trip this year.

Given the forecast, I'm hereby welcoming anyone who wishes to cruise in the relative protection and comfort of Mills Canvas aboard Gambler if your boat isn't equipped and the weather is foul.

I can take two passengers with great comfort who would be well protected from the weather and have a portion of the leaning post as well as good visibility. A third and fourth could be accomodated with shelter and comfort and a cushioned seat, but a rear-facing view only...


So, since no one else has commented - I recommend that we get an earlier start this year - say 9:30 or 10:00 - make the run through Indian River and Burt Lake and stop for lunch at Alanson (is Lester's still in business?). Cross the lock into Crooked Lake before 2PM so we have some time to explore Crooked and Pickerel Lakes and then return for a great dinner/meal at Don's...but pausing long enough in the Crooked River to get some great footage of Whalers running the hairpin turns.

Alternatively, depending on wind direction, we could run north through the Cheboygan River lock and have lunch in Cheboygan and then venture out into Lake Huron briefly before returning for an afternoon cruise of Mullet Lake.

Both locks have fees. I think the Alanson lock is 4/6 dollars per boat per passage....the Cheboygan Lock may be more.

Dave


Hoosier posted 09-22-2008 02:48 PM ET (US)     Profile for Hoosier  Send Email to Hoosier     
We'll bring a box of "red wine".
Buckda posted 09-22-2008 03:03 PM ET (US)     Profile for Buckda  Send Email to Buckda     
Oh...and I'll also chip in a few bucks for the main entree.

Do we have an attendance count yet?

So far, I count:

Buckda (1), aboard Gambler
JimH (2) aboard Continuous Wave
Don (1?) aboard Don's Dauntless
Home Aside (1) aboard Home Aside
Hoosier (2) aboard Hart's Desire
AtoZ (2) aboard [Sorry Terry - forget your boat's name]
Cicada (2) aboard [newly named 18' Outrage]
Martha and Con (2) aboard Whaler1

So that's at least 13 people.


K Albus posted 09-22-2008 04:02 PM ET (US)     Profile for K Albus  Send Email to K Albus     
Both the Crooked River lock and the Cheboygan River lock have a fee of $6 each way. Also keep in mind that the locks will be operating on a limited schedule at that time of year.

See the following:
Crooked River - http://www.michigan.gov/dnr/0,1607,7-153-10365_10884-32552--,00.html
Cheboygan River - http://www.michigan.gov/dnr/0,1607,7-153-10365_10884-22789--,00.html

MarthaB posted 09-22-2008 04:58 PM ET (US)     Profile for MarthaB  Send Email to MarthaB     
Has anyone stayed at the Topinabee Johnson Motel? It's not on the water, but it is close to Don's cottage.

Are the plans for Friday night dinner?

Dave-where did you get that ugly weather forecast?
Correction - boat name is BW1. I know it's sooooooo original. We dream of having a BW fleet.

MarthaB posted 09-22-2008 04:59 PM ET (US)     Profile for MarthaB  Send Email to MarthaB     
DAH - Are their plans for Friday night dinner?
MarthaB posted 09-22-2008 05:00 PM ET (US)     Profile for MarthaB  Send Email to MarthaB     
DAHHHHHHHHHH - are there plans for Friday night dinner?
It's was one of those kind of Mondays.
djahncke posted 09-22-2008 05:34 PM ET (US)     Profile for djahncke  Send Email to djahncke     

I checked the schedule for the lock into Crooked Lake. On Saturday the 4th it will be operating from 9am to 11am. So I think a transit into Crooked Lake is not likely to fit our schedule. The Cheboygan lock is open from 9am to 5 pm that weekend. The lock fee is $6 per boat each way.

Lester's in Alanson has gone out of business. It has been replaced by Sherman's Pizzeria & Grill.

http://www.shermanspizza.us/

djahncke posted 09-22-2008 05:39 PM ET (US)     Profile for djahncke  Send Email to djahncke     

Friday night. hmmm.

Last year we had a wonderful dinner at the Boat House in Cheboygan. We could do that again, or go to the Hack-Ma-Tak or hit one of the places in Indian River like The Brown Trout or Vivio's.

Hoosier posted 09-22-2008 05:53 PM ET (US)     Profile for Hoosier  Send Email to Hoosier     
From AccuWeather, for Indian River....

Friday, Oct 3
Rain, mixed with snow early
Low: 30 °F High: 52 °F
Saturday, Oct 4
Cloudy
Low: 29 °F High: 50 °F
Sunday, Oct 5
Rather cloudy
Low: 28 °F High: 50 °F

That's long john weather.......

MarthaB posted 09-22-2008 06:15 PM ET (US)     Profile for MarthaB  Send Email to MarthaB     
It's "sit by the fire" weather.
MarthaB posted 09-22-2008 06:17 PM ET (US)     Profile for MarthaB  Send Email to MarthaB     
2 years ago we ate lunch at Bob's. Where did you eat lunch last year?
Buckda posted 09-22-2008 06:23 PM ET (US)     Profile for Buckda  Send Email to Buckda     
Last year, we ate at the Inn Between in Indian River - right along the seawall near the bridge.

Dave

Hoosier posted 09-22-2008 06:40 PM ET (US)     Profile for Hoosier  Send Email to Hoosier     
OK, who's in charge of the fire? ...:-)
Buckda posted 09-23-2008 02:09 PM ET (US)     Profile for Buckda  Send Email to Buckda     
For your GPS, Coordinates in front of Don's Cottage: (N 45* 32.816' W 084* 31.831').

Be wary of water depth as it shoals pretty far out.

Dave

jeffs22outrage posted 09-23-2008 08:41 PM ET (US)     Profile for jeffs22outrage  Send Email to jeffs22outrage     
Or here you go. Love google maps.
http://maps.google.com/maps?q=N+45*+32.816'+W+084*+31.831'& sourceid=navclient-ff&ie=UTF-8&rlz=1B2GGGL_enUS203US203
jeffs22outrage posted 09-23-2008 08:42 PM ET (US)     Profile for jeffs22outrage  Send Email to jeffs22outrage     
Ok, one more time
http://maps.google.com/maps?q=N+45+32.816'+W+084+31.831'& sourceid=navclient-ff&ie=UTF-8&rlz=1B2GGGL_enUS203US203
jimh posted 09-23-2008 11:53 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
RE the lock in Alanson:

quote:
"The lock fee is $6 per boat each way."

Highway (or water way) robbery!

I think the lock in Cheboygan is free.

One year we pre-spotted our trailer at the ramp near Lake Huron, at the mouth of the Cheboygan River, and we cruised up the river, through the lock, and into Lake Huron. If the weather accommodates on Sunday, that might be a pleasant extra leg to the trip

Hoosier posted 09-24-2008 07:52 AM ET (US)     Profile for Hoosier  Send Email to Hoosier     
The Cheboygan Lock will close for the season at 4:30 p.m. on October 20th.
$6.00 Recreation Craft

jeffs22outrage posted 09-24-2008 10:40 AM ET (US)     Profile for jeffs22outrage  Send Email to jeffs22outrage     
The lock in Cheboygan after Labor Day closes for the night at 5 or maybe 6pm. If you pass be sure and ask for the closing time. I was not aware of this till my wife and I almost did not make it coming back from Lake Huron 2 years ago. Luckily the operator was just locking up and had not left yet. He was kind enough to open back up and let us pass.

BTW the lock fees are one way.

ConB posted 09-24-2008 11:28 AM ET (US)     Profile for ConB  Send Email to ConB     
JimH, just think about the following quote while you are paying your $6.00. :-)

Con

"In a few months, we will begin making prudent investments in the diverse companies that will grow jobs in Michigan.

And by this time next year, we’ll see new businesses doing just that. In five years, you’re going to be blown away by the strength and diversity of Michigan’s transformed economy."

Buckda posted 09-24-2008 06:23 PM ET (US)     Profile for Buckda  Send Email to Buckda     
Ha Con! Nice.

To see what Con is referring to above, please see: http://www.michigan.gov/documents/SOS_2006_148708_7.pdf

It is a quote from Michigan's Governor, Jennifer Granholm, from the "State of the State" address in January of 2006.

I think she may have underestimated the challenge before her, did not foresee the current economic woes that extend far beyond the region, and perhaps did not fully understand just how difficult it is in partisan politics, to get much of anything accomplished what with the time you need to spend stroking your supporters and tearing down those who have a different opinion on the role of government.

To quote another famous line...

"What a world...what a world..." (Wicked Witch of the East. The Wizard of Oz).

MarthaB posted 09-25-2008 05:30 PM ET (US)     Profile for MarthaB  Send Email to MarthaB     
We'll bring a pan of lasagna.
Hoosier posted 09-25-2008 05:58 PM ET (US)     Profile for Hoosier  Send Email to Hoosier     
Is there a plan for Friday night?
Buckda posted 09-25-2008 06:19 PM ET (US)     Profile for Buckda  Send Email to Buckda     
I just learned that I won't be returning to GR until after 10:30. it is a 3 hour haul up to Don's cottage - so I will go home and get up early and try to meet you guys by 9:00 AM in front of Don's on Saturday.

Dave

djahncke posted 09-28-2008 07:58 PM ET (US)     Profile for djahncke  Send Email to djahncke     

OK, for Friday night let get together at the Boat House in Cheboygan, say around 7pm.

Please chime in if you think you will be there so I can get rough count for the restaurant.

-Don

MarthaB posted 09-28-2008 08:05 PM ET (US)     Profile for MarthaB  Send Email to MarthaB     
Count us as 2 (Con & I)
Looking forward to the weekend. The weather forecast is looking better than the one Hoosier posted. But we are bringing the side curtains for the suntop.
Hoosier posted 09-29-2008 07:59 AM ET (US)     Profile for Hoosier  Send Email to Hoosier     
From the NWS for Indian River:

Friday: A chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 56.

Friday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 38.

Saturday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 61.

Saturday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 39.

Sunday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 62.

Nice days, cool nights. Kathy and I are planning on camping on the boat (location still TBD) Friday and Saturday nights.

AtoZ posted 09-29-2008 02:26 PM ET (US)     Profile for AtoZ  Send Email to AtoZ     
Donna and Terry for dinner Friday...


Meridian

K Albus posted 09-29-2008 04:56 PM ET (US)     Profile for K Albus  Send Email to K Albus     
You guys should be getting peak fall color: http://www.weather.com/maps/activity/fallfoliage/ northcentralusfallfoliage_large.html?clip=undefined®ion=undefined& collection=localwxforecast&presname=undefined
home Aside posted 09-29-2008 04:56 PM ET (US)     Profile for home Aside  Send Email to home Aside     
Unfortunately I'm offically not attending this year, A combination of things like forgetting I'm on Back up duty for the month of October which means Tuesday - Saturday schedule, additionally, this weekend is Homecoming weekend, add two sons in high school + the homecoming game, + dance practically in my back yard....you see where I'm going with this.....have fun & take lots of pictures, enjoy

Pat

MarthaB posted 09-29-2008 06:19 PM ET (US)     Profile for MarthaB  Send Email to MarthaB     
Sorry that you can't make it this year. Work and family activities have a way of finding moving to the top of the list. Enjoy your kids while they are still living at home, empty nest syndrome is on the horizon.

Hoosier posted 09-30-2008 08:25 AM ET (US)     Profile for Hoosier  Send Email to Hoosier     
Kathy and I for dinner Friday night.

Buckda: ping my email, I haven't been getting through to you.

MarthaB posted 09-30-2008 06:23 PM ET (US)     Profile for MarthaB  Send Email to MarthaB     
During tonight's TV 7-4 weather forecast the weatherman uttered a very disturbing word, SNOW. Guess where he is predicting the snow, Inland Lakes area, which is Mullett Lake. The forecast map showed lake effect coming from the Staits of Mackinaw. The low on Friday & Saturday morning is expected to be in the 30's.

Dave & Kathy - hope you have cold weather boating/camping gear.

Today since early afternoon, we have been experiencing lake effect rain. Water spouts sited, too.


Hoosier posted 09-30-2008 07:22 PM ET (US)     Profile for Hoosier  Send Email to Hoosier     
MarthaB, We're coming SOUTH from the UP for this adventure.......
MarthaB posted 09-30-2008 07:40 PM ET (US)     Profile for MarthaB  Send Email to MarthaB     
Hoosier -
Have you made the UP your permanent residence?
We were camping near Paradise early in September, it was cold and wet then, too. Then last week we had beautiful weather. If you don't like Michigan weather, wait 5 minutes and it will change.

I'll bring my photos of the Orange Beach. We can dream of the Redneck Riviera.


Hoosier posted 09-30-2008 07:55 PM ET (US)     Profile for Hoosier  Send Email to Hoosier     
Not yet. We are equipped for cold weather campimg and, if my new electrial plug adaptor works, we'll have heat in the boat. The NWS doesn't have snow in their forcast today, but they can always change that at the last minute (when they look outside)...;-)
MarthaB posted 09-30-2008 08:15 PM ET (US)     Profile for MarthaB  Send Email to MarthaB     
During the winter the NWS misses the boat, they will forecast lake effect, but a lot of the time we don't get any snow fall.

Don't forget the long johns. hooded sweatshirt is great too.

AtoZ posted 10-01-2008 05:53 PM ET (US)     Profile for AtoZ  Send Email to AtoZ     
Unfortunately we won’t be able to make it this weekend. We hope you all have a great time.
Terry & Donna
Meridian
jimh posted 10-02-2008 07:57 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
Any updates on ramps? I think Don mentioned that the DNR ramp on the northern end of the west side--the one we've been using regularly--was closed for remodeling.
MarthaB posted 10-02-2008 08:26 PM ET (US)     Profile for MarthaB  Send Email to MarthaB     
Jim - Con & I plan to arrive at Don's early afternoon, maybe between 1 & 2 pm. We plan to drop off BW1 and head out exploring the area and eventually end up in Cheboygan. We will check out the status of the DNR launch ramp on the NW corner of Mullett Lake.

There is another launch ramp at Topinabee, but in a photo it doesn't look as good as the other, and don't know how big the parking lot is.

MarthaB posted 10-02-2008 08:42 PM ET (US)     Profile for MarthaB  Send Email to MarthaB     
Found this on the DNR website.
Aug. 7, 2008
Mullett Lake boating access site, located near Mullett Lake Village in Cheboygan County, will be closed Sept. 2-15 for construction. This site, and the Thumb Lake site, will become paved sites and include accessibility improvements to comply with Americans with Disabilities (ADA) standards.

We will check to see if the construction has been completed

djahncke posted 10-03-2008 09:27 AM ET (US)     Profile for djahncke  Send Email to djahncke     

I just went by the launch site near my cottage and it is open for business with a brand new asphalt parking lot (it use to be gravel).

The morning started cool with bright sunshine, not a cloud in the sky. Right now some clouds are starting to move in. The colors are not at peak yet but there are splashes of color all around.

-Don

Cicada posted 10-03-2008 11:03 AM ET (US)     Profile for Cicada  Send Email to Cicada     
Looking forward to this trip and seeing everyone. Just put a large pot of chili on and am on my way to pick up the Outrage. Hope to be out of here mid afternoon.

Paul

dfmcintyre posted 10-03-2008 04:24 PM ET (US)     Profile for dfmcintyre  Send Email to dfmcintyre     
Have fun you guys and gals!

We've got a funeral to attend tomorrow, bummer. And the Robin Williams concert tomorrow evening. And considering that my uncle was a inveterate joke teller (not in the class of Robin, however) we'll be thinking of him.

Best - Mac 'n Gail

jimh posted 10-03-2008 05:33 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
Last minute change of plans:

THE BOATHOUSE restaurant has closed for the season.

For Friday night dinner we are diverting to THE BROWN TROUT, a nice place in Indian River. Here is a map:

http://local.yahoo.com/info-16500421-brown-trout-indian-river

We are still aiming for 7:15 p.m. fine dining.

Buckda posted 10-05-2008 12:13 AM ET (US)     Profile for Buckda  Send Email to Buckda     
we had a great time today despite the weather being a little cool with some rain early. Six boats. Crooked river run was outstanding with no other boat traffic to slow us down in the turns. We just finished the day with a great meal at Don's cottage and a slide show of the days photos.

I'll post some photos as soon as I am home tomorrow night or Monday morning.

Thanks Don for again. Opening your home to us.

Dave

ConB posted 10-05-2008 06:52 PM ET (US)     Profile for ConB  Send Email to ConB     
Mullett Lake 2008 was another great time.

Whalering by day and swapping sea stories by night.

Thank you Don for sponsoring the event.

ConB


Buckda posted 10-06-2008 09:54 AM ET (US)     Profile for Buckda  Send Email to Buckda     
Thanks again Don for a great weekend. Apologies for my late night post from the iphone above – not very clear and clearly not very coherent….I was operating on about 6 hours of sleep for the past two nights, plus a full day of boating and good wine and company in the hours immediately beforehand.

The weekend was great, despite a cool damp start. We departed from Don’s cottage around 11:30 AM, in an effort to allow the temperatures to moderate from their upper 20’s low the evening before. At launch time, it was about 45 degrees with broken, heavy fall clouds. About a half hour into the cruise, it started raining and I was forced to stop and raise the canvas for some protection.

We then cruised down Mullet Lake to Indian River, through the town of Indian River, into Burt Lake and down the Crooked River for lunch at Alanson. After a well-deserved hot meal at Alanson, we reversed course and enjoyed the beautiful colors in the trees, wildlife on shore and company of friendly boaters on the return to Don’s cottage.

A hot dinner featuring Lasagna and Paul and Suzanne’s special Chili was on the menu for the evening meal, and we took the time afterwards to review slides from the day’s travel and tell stories.

The next day, we slept in and had lunch at Don’s cottage, then departed for the Cheboygan River. Transiting the lock at Cheboygan we gained access to Lake Huron and crossed for a brief visit to the harbor of refuge facility at Bois Blanc Island (pop. 45). The lake was flat calm and offered a beautiful view of the Mackinac Bridge in the distance, rising up from the shimmering mirage above the water and then disappearing into the same mirage – it looked like a beautiful bridge to nowhere!...

We returned to Cheboygan and loaded on the trailers (which we had pre-positioned at the mouth of the Cheboygan River earlier to avoid having to transit the lock again and incur an additional $6 fee, plus be at the mercy of the lock’s reduced operating hours this time of year).

I had blown two fuses due to a short “somewhere” on the trailer the evening before, and spent some time after loading to replace the fuses. Once loaded on the trailers and ready to depart (6:25 pm), I immediately blew the fuses again. It was still light, and I had my brake lights, so I proceeded to a local auto-parts store and re-wired the left side of the trailer (the short was a pinched wire near the rear axle that had worn through the plastic insulation). By 7:00 I was back on the road with fully operational lights and made it home by 10:15 PM….under a light rain.

I had a great time as usual – Thanks Again Don for your hospitality and graciousness as a host – and thanks to everyone else for making it a memorable trip!

Dave

jimh posted 10-09-2008 05:11 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
Northern Michigan cooperated rather well with some occasionally great Fall weather, and other than that morning rain shower on Saturday it was a dry weekend. We ended up with almost an ALL-EVINRUDE fleet:

Dave on GAMBLER with twin 90-HP E-TEC's
Paul and Suzanne on CICADA with a 150-HP carburetor
Don on DON'S DAUNTLESS with a 115-HP Ficht
Con and Martha on WHALER-ONE with a 150-HP carburetor
Jim and Chris on CONTINUOUSWAVE with a 250-HP E-TEC

and

Dave and Kathy on HART'S DESIRE with a 115-HP Suzuki four-cycle.

We gave the Suzuki first-cousin status to the Evinrude motors because for a while Bombardier was selling Suzuki four-cycle motors as re-badged Johnson motors.

Don was the usual great host, providing dock space and dinner table for all.

The fall foliage was still reaching peak color, although when the thermometer dipped to 28-degrees-F overnight, I would have thought those leaves would get the message and start changing color in earnest.

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