Where is YOLO?

...Off to the Sea for Adventure

...Off to the Sea for Adventure

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Sault Ste. Marie, MI !!!

We crossed the whole of lake superior from Bayfield to Whitefish Bay in just under 51 hrs of straight sailing (and a little motoring during lulls of wind), taking 4-hr shifts at the helm and either sleeping, eating, or just relaxing during off shifts. Other than a couple sailboats in the Apostles shortly after our departure, we were the only pleasure vessel on the whole lake for the 2+ days. We did, however see several 1000' lake ships traversing both west and east.

We set foot on dry land for the 1st time last night at the Whitefish Point Harbor of Refuge after safe passage of the "Graveyard of the Great Lakes" (if you don't know what I'm talking about, google it). We found a free place to dock and after a brief exploration of the surrounding area, and obligatory calls to our mothers, we quickly succumbed to an overwhelming exhaustion. Alarms set for 6AM sharp, we hit the racks on still water to get a good 8 hrs of sleep. This morning We guided YOLO through the channel leading up to the Soo locks, sharing it with 3 other 1000' ships waiting to get through. Pretty intense! those things are HUGE and pictures don't really give it justice. These things are 4x wider than we are long. Tonight we're holed up at a harbor just on the east side of the locks. I'm currently writing this blog entry from a diner in town enjoying what Andy insisted was the best dish of the U.P., Pasties (pretty much a chicken pot pie) not bad, the fact this place has internet is what I'm really excited about. Until next time...

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