Thursday, September 21, 2006

Carpe Diem & wet decks

Last night when we went to bed, we thought today was going to be an easy day, just a short trip (13 miles) to Grand Haven. When we got up, the forecast had changed and they had deleted the "building to 2 to 4" bit regarding wave height. That meant that the "1 to 2" bit was supposed to hold for the entire day. We set out for Grand Haven at about 8:00 AM. By 10:00 we were approaching the sea wall outside the harbor. The sun was shining, the wind was light and the waves were small, so we said "Carpe Diem" and set off for Saugatuck, another 25 miles or so away.
As the day wore on, the waves built and for a while we were pounding into 3 and 4 footers. Several waves broke over the bow and gave the decks a good washing. A couple of times we got splashed all the way back in the cockpit. Would have been a lot of fun if it had been warmer.
While we were stuck in Muskegon, some wonderful folks from - of all things - a power boat helped us by giving us a ride to Walmart and West Marine. Thank you folks, it was a huge help for us. Who says power boaters aren't nice?
Here are a couple of pics from Muskegon and our trip down to Saugatuck.
Every Wednesday evening they have a sailboat race on Muskegon Lake. We walked down to the beach to watch, but they were too far away to see much of the action.
Of course, Bev had to snap a pic of me all bundled against the 40 degree temp as we left Muskegon, smiling because we're finally on the move again.

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