August 7, 2015 – Friday – Charleviox to Leland – 35.4 statute miles traveled

From weather forecasts it looked like the wind was going to die down by late morning/early afternoon so we planned for an 1100 hrs. departure. We pulled off of the dock at 1045 to make sure we were waiting at the bridge for the 1100 opening as the window to transit under the bridge is short and we did not want to miss it.

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It opened right on time and another boat passed us under the bridge going in the opposite direction. Once out in Lake Michigan again the wind wave were small and it was a comfortable ride. That is until we rounded South Point and started to cross the mouth of Grand Traverse Bay. The wind was from the SE and had been blowing off shore until then. Now it was blowing right down the 30 mile deep bay and by the time it got to us it had quite a fetch. With 3-4 foot wind waves from the SE and 1-2 foot swells coming from the SW we had lumpy seas for about an hour and 45 minutes. As soon as we rounded Lighthouse Point on the Leelanau Peninsula it flattened out to a very nice ride. This journey lasted 4.5 hours and it was good to get into Leland.

With a very nice marina this is a neat little town. We walked the main street again and found that 9/10 shops were female oriented. A stop at a winery triggered an extended conversation with the tasting attendant who turned out to be a teacher in her other life. We discussed teaching opportunities in international schools for quite awhile and she was excited about the possibilities.

From the moment we landed it had started to rain and continued throughout the afternoon and evening. We had dinner out and then returned to the boat to take advantage of a strong wifi signal to catch up on things and get some record keeping done.

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