Tonight on Sunday, Aug 22 we find ourselves at the DeTour MI Harbor Marina in the Village of DeTour…not an inapropriate name for a stop at this point in our lives.           

As most of you know “we made Whitefish Bay” last Thursday. We came across the open water from Grand Marais MI under fair skies and nearly calm seas, unlike the sailors on the Edmund Fitzgerald. The Whitefish Pt State docks are a very primitive harbor of refuge, but the beaches, water clarity and swimming were stunning.         

Whitefish Point upon approach

We crossed the Bay Friday morning and started flirting with the big boats on our way to the Soo locks.  Sad to be leaving such a beautiful lake behind, but relieved that the large expanses of 300+ foot deep water with no refuge or other boats in sight for hours is done.  We locked thru the Canadian side and docked at the George Kemp marina in downtown Sault Ste Marie for 2 nights.  Rode bikes to a great walley fish fry the first night while Zeke escaped his crate and entertained other boaters and marina staff in our absence. Spent part of Saturday ridding the boat of Lake Superior sand (inside) and spiders and spider poop (outside).  Yes, it’s visible and it stains!

The G Kemp Marina is within the historical district of SSM MI.

Left the Soo and traveled “downbound” on St. Mary’s River to its confluence with Lake Huron and the Village of DeTour.  Nice marina with good access to the beautiful Cheneaux Islands on Monday, where we spent our anniversary anchored out in Government Bay.  Then on to St. Ignace early Monday on the north side of the Mackinac Bridge to take advantage of another beautiful day with friendly seas and plan our journey south on Lake Michigan.