Hello all: We left St Ignace two days ago, passing under the famous
We’ve seen lots of freighters on the
We went to
Beaver Island is also the only place in the US that has been a kingdom; Jesse Strang, an early Mormon leader, brought his followers to Beaver island (the “Strangite” Mormons), declared himself King, and later was assassinated by these same followers. There has always been a large Irish population and several restaurants have this Irish flavor. Other interesting people have been part of the island’s history; the information booklet tells about “a priest who became a sinner, and an Estonian actor who became a saint.” We’ll definitely visit again.
Here’s a photo of downtown St. James, the major area of settlement on the island. There is a maritime museum and a another museum in the former Mormon printshop, which has general history of the island. We rode bikes all over downtown and closer outlying areas.
One of the thrills was meeting another Sundowner, Lil Toot and her owners, Don and Lori. We went to dinner and had a great visit. There were only ~50 Sundowners made between 1983 and 1989.
The trip back to the Lower Peninsula of Michigan was bumpy, with lots of spray heading into the waves. Here’s a photo of the shoreline through the front window (the pilothouse was dark because it was overcast and early morning to boot; we left at 7am). You can see the flagpole on our bowsprit and the distant shoreline in this photo.
We were hoping to go to Petoskey from
Leland is a “port of refuge” in
Leland is a charming fishing village with an older section commemorating its history, now various shops in “Fishtown.”
Best to you all, Kathie and Doug.