Blind River to LaSalle (with a quick trip to Pensacola)

So, to quickly catch up to where we are now…
Drove To Windsor

Flew to Pensacola

Day 1 in Pensacola
-met up with Dave, our broker; saw boat, met owners, ate, slept
Day 2
– met sellers broker and our surveyor, surveyed boat, went on sea trial, tried to haul boat out for hull inspection
Oh oh, not enough water to get the straps under the keel – come back tomorrow at high tide. (Oh yeah, tides – gotta read up on those. )

Surveying the boat - the sea trial

Surveying the boat – the sea trial

Day 3
– haul out , inspect hull, hang around to catch plane home
Lunch somewhere in there at The Fish House – oh so good!!
Got survey – a few minor issues – asked sellers to fix some & we’ll fix the other.
Home by midnight

Next day, Friday, back to Blind River.  Waited to hear if sellers would accept
They did – Yes!!
We have a big boat!!

The big boat!!

The big boat!!

Celebrated with new friends, Heather, Dave and Simon (they are from Toronto; we met them in Sarnia)
And now we want to get down there and sail that big beautiful boat. But first, a few more days of friends and family in the North.

Saturday we sailed – really, there was wind – to The Turnbulls with Mugger and Nancy –

Nancy in her very nice kayak

Nancy in her very nice kayak

Relaxed, ate, kayaked (decided I need one – thanks  for the loan of your kayak, Axel ) – a very nice weekend.

Randy wanted Mugman to feel at home, so he put on his overalls and hat

Randy wanted Mugman to feel at home, so he put on his overalls and hat

Motored back to BR on a very flat lake.

Then, just the two of us. Off to Gore Bay on Monday,for a couple of days – nope, four days of high wind warnings. We did try to leave Wednesday but it was ugly and we’re not in a hurry.

Those wave are bigger than they look

Those wave are bigger than they look

High wind warnings

High wind warnings

Friday morning we stayed just long enough to catch some of the first vendors at the Farmers Market.

Beautiful produce at the Farmers Market

Beautiful produce at the Farmers Market

Big waves - rough ride

Big waves – rough ride

Cutting through the waves

Cutting through the waves

Farmers Market

Farmers Market

Farmers Market

Farmers Market

Made it back to Blind Friday – it was a very trying day.

Saturday, Randy’s sister Shae came to visit. We’d planned on doing some fishing but it was cold with wind warnings so we just stayed in the marina. In the evening the sun came out and the wind died to nothing. The Blind River Yacht Club invited us to their summer party – mmm, more good food and great people.

Shae laughing at her big brother trying to avoid the camera

Shae laughing at her big brother trying to avoid the camera

Sunday we started to head home on a glassy Lake Huron all the way to Presque Isle.

The sunrise leaving BR looked like fire in the sky

The sunrise leaving BR looked like fire in the sky

It doesn't get much calmer than that

It doesn’t get much calmer than that

Monday, Presque Isle to Harrisville where we got weathered in again. The wave were coming right over the break wall! We met Logan,a very nice young man, who is spending his summer getting to his job, that starts in November, in New Orleans. He’s sailing from New York to  New Orleans.

Waves coming over the breakwall at Harrisville

Waves coming over the breakwall at Harrisville

We then went uneventfully from – Harrisville to Harbor Beach to Sarnia to Windsor.

We docked Kewalo at Pilots cove for the night. Then Randy sailed her solo down the Detroit river to put her on the hard (that’s in a cradle up on dry land to all our non-boaty friends),

Sailing down the Detroit River

Sailing down the Detroit River

Sailing toward the Ambassador Bridge

Sailing toward the Ambassador Bridge

Detroit in the background

Detroit in the background

Our plan when we started home was to do laundry repack and leave for Pensacola with in a couple of days, but….
I calculated the number of days we would be in the US and realized we would have to wait until the end of September to make sure we weren’t going to over stay our welcome. Besides, it’s kinda nice here in September and it’s crazy hot in Pensacola.
So here we are – getting some great visiting in with family and friends.
Ok, well, that wasn’t exactly quickly… But we’re caught up.

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