August 15, 2001
I believe Lake Huron is competing with the Delaware Bay for my most "negative affections". Yesterday, traveling from East Tawas to Harbor Beach, we ran into 2 - 5' swells. For about 2 1/2 hours of the trip, it felt like we were in a rinse cycle of a washing machine (and Brian says, "Oh, it wasn't that bad!"). If we went directly into the waves, we got beaten up. We could not take them on the stern because of a reef to our starboard. So, we pretty much took them abeam. But as soon as we were around the point at Port Austin and heading south, it was much more comfortable (and my stomach went back to its normal location in my body!).
Our last e-mail was from East Tawas. Nice town, lots of restaurants and small shops down town. Just one specific note: the small grocery store in the middle of the town has a great butcher shop with the meats at wonderfully low prices - - we would recommend it.
Harbor Beach, MI (the largest manmade harbor on the Great Lakes) was very large and had plenty of room for anchoring (although it was only us and two sailboats last night). The town was a mile or so away and, since we knew we would have access to a town today (in Port Sanilac), we decided to take naps instead of walking into town!
We left early this morning for the 30 mile/4 hour trip to Port Sanilac, straight into 1' waves (just the way I like it!). We saw lots of lake freighters again today. At this point, we assume they are going in and out of Port Huron/Sarnia. The harbor at Port Sanilac is very pretty and we anchored behind Linda and Bill's boat (who we first met in Presque Isle). So far, the town looks very quaint. We'll let you know with the next e-mail.
Either tomorrow or Friday we will head to St. Clair and then on to Metro Beach. We plan to be in Put-in-Bay and the Toledo area for a week or so to 1) spend time in our boat's "namesake" and 2) visit with Brian's family. We will start heading east across Lake Erie the last week of August.
Hope all is well with you. Jeri and Brian