It was time to take advantage of a weather window we had been waiting for. Winds were light but when we got back into Lake Michigan we found that there were still swells created by earlier winds coming from various directions making for a lumpy ride. Knowing this would be a seven and a half hour run we realize we just had to deal with it. It wasn’t bad enough to make us want to turn back.
Upon arriving at the harbor mouth it was nice to be back in calm waters again. It was a solid three mile run through the channel and across Muskegon Lake before we got to Hartshorn Municipal Marina. I had made reservations for this marina by telephone ($10 nonrefundable reservation fee) through the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.
When we arrived we were assigned slips for both boats near each other though we were on a finger pier that was very wobbly and two feet shorter than the boat. We were at the end of a main pier that was at least 400 feet long and near the mouth of the breakwater. As it was Saturday the natives were out in droves so quite a few wakes made it through this opening providing for some rock and roll.
It was nice to have a car available so we all went to dinner at Applebee’s and then did a little shopping at Walgreen’s. Then it was time to turn in after a long day on the high seas.