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Adventures of a Wandering Loon
Adventures of a Wandering Loon

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Big winds and heavy rain made for a long night in the Portage Canal of the Keweenaw peninsula.
Thunderbolts & Lightning
Thunderbolts & Lightning
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The Canadian Shore I have frequently described the North Channel area of Lake Huron as wilderness sailing dotted with a few quirky towns. For the Canadian side of Lake Superior, I would describe it as extreme wilderness sailing accented with “colorful…
Colorful Locals
Colorful Locals
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Roving Mail Service For the past few years during the sailing season, our friends Mark and Jeanne have made the trek to wherever we are to bring us our mail. This goes far beyond the “Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers…
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Yesterday we set out from Cheboygan, Michigan for Drummond Island—some 30 nautical miles across the western reaches of Lake Huron. After a lovely sail in 15-20 knot winds with a port reach, we dropped anchor in a broad cove deep into Whitney Bay. Homes…
Loon Chorus
Loon Chorus
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We are approaching mid-June and Gaviidae is still inside waiting impatiently for us to finish our various boat projects. The Loon is ready to jump in the water, yesterday. She really does not care about the finishing touches that are not quite done yet,…
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I stepped outside with our two canine wards on their leashes. The smell of wood smoke wafted through the surrounding woods. While the convenience of flipping a switch on a gas fireplace has its merits, nothing beats the smell of a wood fire when you’re…
Reflections of a Winter
Reflections of a Winter
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Over the past two years, we’ve gone in and out of Canada more times than I can count. And we’ve spent a fair amount of time in Canada as well as in other states besides our home state of Minnesota. Here are some of my observations regarding what is…
Better in Canada
Better in Canada
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After Eagle Island, we headed eastward once again driven along by further mechanical issues. But I’m letting Dan cover those gory details – I’m going to focus on the positive. Those rose-colored glasses really do help improve perspective! We arrived in…
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After a day of cleaning, relaxing and general decompressing at Croker Island, we weighed anchor at 9:30 Sunday morning and followed Jerry and Clare in Magic Carpet out of the bay and toward the Benjamin Islands. We were headed to Fox Island and the…
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We warily watched the storm front race along a course parallel to our own.  Barely five miles off our starboard, the storm clouds presented a whirling wall of dark malevolence punctuated by flashes of lightning. Rumbling thunder was felt as much as heard.…
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