Adios, Lake Michigan!

Post-Fourth, heading out under the Mackinac Bridge–the largest suspension bridge in the US, and the gateway to Lake Huron.

The approach

The approach

Kids checking it out. Some days are pajama days.

Kids checking it out. Some days are pajama days.

Going under!

Going under! And hey–when you’re making six knots with just the genoa, why put up the main?

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…and we’re officially in Lake Huron, folks.

One of our new friends in Northport said he calls Lake Michigan “5 by 5”–the waves are 5 feet high and 5 feet apart (as opposed to his home waters of Charleston, SC, which are more like 5 by 150). We had great wind for most of our time on Michigan, but the waves generated by those winds were…challenging. T spent some time being pretty seasick–there was a lot of napping in the cockpit–and we all ended up really worn out by the end of our traveling days.

Our first two days in Lake Huron have been light on the wind, but easy on the waves. We’re enjoying the break. As we head into Canada, our internet will be spotty and our phone service nonexistent, so expect the blog and our Facebook account to be a bit light. We’ll pick back up when we return to civilization!

4 Comments on “Adios, Lake Michigan!

  1. AM so glad you write this blog. I follow it all the time. Glad Huron is giving you a break. Rebecca made the front page of the Mpls local section — but not a photo she’ll want to keep I don’t think. Jeanne

  2. Thanks for posting. Keep ’em coming, need some good lunch break diversions. Had to do some fact checking on your claim above, “Mackinac Bridge–the largest suspension bridge in the US”. Turns out for suspension bridges bragging rights is based on length of span from tower to tower. Based on this classification it is #3 in US. But it is the “longest” US suspension bridge when measured from “anchorage to anchorage”. The Mackinac Bridge Authority webpage does not go into this level of detail, and claims the title for longest suspension bridge in the US (not surprising). Another interesting detail I read, a Yugo stopped on the open metal grate portion of the span during high winds and the car (and person in it) where literally blown off the bridge!

  3. Suspension, the old Inka bridge-building approach, as opposed to compression.
    We are all in wonder of you pirates.

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