We finally got one of the toilets fixed which meant we no longer needed to stay in a Marina so off we went. We spent the night eight nights ago on a creek so I had to put out the anchor. The anchor is electric and all I have to do is put my foot on a "down" button to release the anchor. Well, that's what I did, the anchor released, went down into the water accompanied by 25 feet of chain and vanished never to be seen again. We spent three hours the next day both in the dinghy and boat looking for it as the water was clear enough to see the bottom. No such luck. Luckily, we have a spare anchor but it is not as good as the one we lost. This puts a whole new meaning on the phrase "anchor's away"!!!
Last Saturday we visited Mackinac (pronounced Mackinaw) Island on Lake Michigan. The Island is accessible by ferry and boat only so we were recommended to take the ferry. The ferry boat was jet propelled and churned out spray at least 75 feet behind the boat.
The Island has a hotel "The Grand" made famous by Jane Seymour and Christopher Reid in a movie called "Somewhere in Time". The hotel charges $300-$600 and up per night for a room. Each of the 300 plus rooms are decorated differently and boy are they nicely done. No, we did not stay there, I "Googled" the hotel.
We are now in Escanaba, MI due to very high winds. We tried to leave today (Saturday, 14th) but had to return to the marina because the waves were too high. We have just spent 4 days in Fayette State Park due to poor Gary having severe abdominal pains. I was concerned that he had appendicitis but it turned out to be a kidney stone. The Marina at the park was 38 miles from the hospital and we had no phone or e-mail coverage due to being in the boonies. Luckily, when I went to find a way to the road I ran into the park Supervisor, Randy Brown who called for an ambulance for me. Randy was kind and caring and asked me to keep him informed on how Gary was. He, in turn said he would keep an eye on the boat for us. The hospital kept Gary in overnight and let me "sleep" on a recliner in Gary's room. The county's transit service gave us a ride back to the boat. We are still awaiting the arrival or should I say, departure of the trouble maker. I tried singing the Rolling Stones' song "I can't get no satisfaction" to Gary but it did not seem to help!!!!
Fayette State Park was the site of a charcoal iron smelter in the late 1800s. The area has many of the buildings preserved which can be entered to see how life was in the 19th century.
Queen Anne's Lace, also called "Wild Carrot," is a common plant in dry fields, ditches, and open areas. It was introduced from Europe, and the carrots that we eat today were once cultivated from this plant.
Queen Anne's Lace, also called "Wild Carrot," is a common plant in dry fields, ditches, and open areas. It was introduced from Europe, and the carrots that we eat today were once cultivated from this plant.Queen Anne's Lace, also called "Wild Carrot," is a common plant in dry fields, ditches, and open areas. It was introduced from Europe, and the carrots that we eat today were once cultivated from this plant.