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Blog Reader’s Holiday SPECIAL

on December 9th, 2014 in BOOKS, CRUISING : by | Comments

$29.95 for Both Paperback Books When the Water Calls… We Follow and Women On Board Cruising (Regularly $44.90 for both books) Christopher Shustak (above) When the Water Calls… We Follow Charlotte Snider (below) Women On Board Cruising

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Staying at Orange Beach Marina – Visiting the National Naval Aviation Museum

on November 6th, 2014 in CRUISING :, FLORIDA:, Panhandle by | Comments

Staying at Orange Beach Marina so that we can take a day to visit the National Naval Aviation Museum. We arrived late afternoon, got settled then borrowed the marina’s loaner car to take a tour of the area and visit one of the beautiful beaches. Some folks stopped by (above)…

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I’m Going Back Someday… Come What May… To Blue Bayou

on October 28th, 2014 in CRUISING :, FLORIDA:, Panhandle by | Comments

After a smooth cruise through Mobile Bay, from Eastern Shore Marina, we made a port-side turn into the protected Intra-Coastal Waterway where we soon passed our first tug and tow (above). First landmark we see on the ICW is Lulu’s Cafe (below). Not stopping there this time though as we were both in…

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Cruising the Alabama, Florida Panhandle from Mobile Bay

on October 23rd, 2014 in CRUISING :, FLORIDA:, Panhandle, TRAILERING by | Comments

After leaving Joe Wheeler State Park after the AGLCA rendezvous we headed south with Fairhope as our intended launch site. However, after a late start and a long day’s drive, we called it quits when we got to Greenville, Alabama and found this rustic RV park about a mile off…

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Loopers Rendezvous at Joe Wheeler State Park – Rogersville, Alabama

on October 17th, 2014 in AGLCA – Great Loop Group, BOAT CLUB RENDEZVOUS :, CRUISING :, RIVERS by | Comments

We packed up our boat and truck and headed down the highway to Joe Wheeler State Park in Rogersville, Alabama for AGLCA’s 2014 Fall Rendezvous. Jim and I have been Loopers almost ten years (we have done the Loop almost twice). The excitement and camaraderie we feel when out on…

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Returning to Fox Island

on August 10th, 2014 in CRUISING : by | Comments

When we left South Benjamin Island we headed for Fox Island, located only about four miles from South Benjamin. We had anchored here once before with our Silverton and remembered how beautiful it was. The landscape is rocky all around the anchorage, offering good hiking and photo opportunities along the perimeter….

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Many Thanks to All…

on August 9th, 2014 in CRUISING : by | Comments

We want to thank everyone who attended the first Ranger Tugs/Cutwater North Channel Rendezvous and look forward to meeting up with many of the participants on the waterways in the future. Boats in attendance ranged from far away as Alberta, Fort Lauderdale, Rhode Island and Texas. This was the first…

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Two Presentations and a Pizza Party

on August 9th, 2014 in CRUISING : by | Comments

On the last day Roy Eaton, from the LCCN, gave a wonderful powerpoint presentation at the Anchor Inn Bar, an overview of Georgian Bay and the North Channel highlighting some of the history and many popular anchorages. Later, back at the pavilion, we gathered for a presentation by Mark Coles…

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Roy Eaton – Little Current Cruisers Network

on August 8th, 2014 in CANADA, CRUISING :, GREAT LAKES:, North Channel by | Comments

At 9 a.m., most of us hiked up to the Anchor Inn building where Roy Eaton gives his live VHF broadcast of “The Net” on channel 71 for boaters cruising Canada’s beautiful North Channel. Roy Eaton founded the LCCN in 2004. The Cruisers’ Net, in operation during the boating season…

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Day Two – Activities and Good Food

on August 8th, 2014 in CANADA, CRUISING :, GREAT LAKES:, North Channel by | Comments

Day two started off with a catered breakfast prepared by Kelly, owner of the Anchor Inn. We could have gotten by without eating the rest of the day, the meal was so plentiful and well prepared. Breakfast was followed by a visit to the Cruisers’ Net at the Anchor Inn…

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Rendezvous In Full Swing

on August 7th, 2014 in CANADA, CRUISING :, GREAT LAKES:, North Channel by | Comments

It is often stated that the North Channel is some of the best inland cruising you’ll find anywhere and we could not agree more – it is, after all, our backyard boating playground. Lisa and I talked about the possibility of having a Ranger Tugs/Cutwater Rendezvous in the North Channel…

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Day One of the Rendezvous Began with Introductions, a Pot Luck, and Lots of Smiling Faces

on August 7th, 2014 in CANADA, CRUISING :, GREAT LAKES:, North Channel by | Comments

All morning tugs arrived at the town docks in Little Current until all fifteen boats (35 people) were secure at the dock. Introductions continued all day as we met people from all over the United States (8 boats) and Canada (7 boats) – 14 Ranger Tugs and one Cutwater. The boat…

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Rendezvous Early Birds

on August 6th, 2014 in CANADA, CRUISING :, GREAT LAKES:, North Channel by | Comments

We arrived in Little Current one day early for the 2014 Ranger Tugs/Cutwater North Channel Rendezvous, Jim is the organizer of the event, the first ever for Ranger Tugs in the North Channel. First things first. We headed to the town dock for a pump out before going to our…

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And Then There Were Two…

on August 2nd, 2014 in Charlevoix, CRUISING :, Rosborough, West (Gulf) Coast by | Comments

Coffee tasted extra good high up on the granite rocks this morning. Jim and I discussed how long we should stay in this spot at South Benjamin Island before we headed to the Ranger Tugs Rendezvous in Little Current – we both agreed, it might be one of those long three-day…

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On the Rocks – South Benjamin Island

on August 1st, 2014 in CANADA, CRUISING :, GREAT LAKES:, North Channel by | Comments

We left Eagle Island early so we would have the best chance to secure a place on the rocks at South Benjamin Island. We anticipated a lot of boating activity in the North Channel this weekend due to the Canadian Civic Holiday falls on Monday. We wanted to get in early in…

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First Anchorage – Eagle Island

on July 31st, 2014 in CANADA, CRUISING :, GREAT LAKES:, North Channel by | Comments

We spent most of the late afternoon and early evening organizing and storing stuff on the boat. Since Jim organized the rendezvous, we have boxes and boxes of ditty bag items, printed agendas and books to stow on board. We finally found a home for everything and were able to relax on…

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Oh Canada!

on July 31st, 2014 in CANADA, CRUISING :, GREAT LAKES:, North Channel by | Comments

We arrived in Spanish, Ontario this afternoon to launch Kismet and begin our trek to Little Current for the 2014 Ranger Tugs/Cutwater North Channel Rendezvous. After a slow start to our summer cruising activities, due to a family commitment, Jim and I are so excited to finally splash Kismet at Spanish. After…

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Have a Ranger Tug?

on June 18th, 2014 in CANADA, CRUISING :, North Channel, Ranger Tug, TUG NUTS - Ranger Tugs Group by | Comments

Join Us in the North Channel for the 2014 Ranger Tugs/Cutwater North Channel Rendezvous! The More the Merrier!   We’ve been given a one week extension, until June 27th, to guarantee dock space for the rendezvous, so if you’re thinking of attending make sure you get your registration form and payment…

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Seattle – Miss You Already!

on September 18th, 2013 in CRUISING :, PACIFIC NORTHWEST:, Puget Sound, Seattle by | Comments

As we approached the final weeks of our PNW cruising adventure, I asked Lisa if there was one place she wanted to visit before our trip came to a close. Unsurprisingly she said, “Downtown Seattle of course.” That’s why we positioned ourselves at the Bainbridge Island anchorage for two nights…

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Eagle Harbor Anchorage – Bainbridge Island, WA

on September 14th, 2013 in CRUISING :, PACIFIC NORTHWEST:, Puget Sound by | Comments

Bainbridge Island sits north and west of downtown Seattle – Eagle Harbor was our choice for one night on the hook. On a clear day, you can plainly see Seattle’s skyline eight miles to the east across Puget Sound. Eagle Harbor is home to the City of Bainbridge Island, which…

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Torpedo Town USA – Keyport, WA

on September 13th, 2013 in CRUISING :, PACIFIC NORTHWEST:, Puget Sound by | Comments

After doing some research of the Liberty Bay area, for our planned stop in Poulsbo, I stumbled across information on the little town of Keyport, WA., nicknamed “Torpedo Town USA. Its major tourist facility, the Naval Undersea Museum is located at the a small U.S. Navy depot, Torpedo Research and…

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A Taste of Scandinavia in Poulsbo, WA

on September 12th, 2013 in CRUISING :, PACIFIC NORTHWEST:, Puget Sound by | Comments

Poulsbo, sitting at the edge of Liberty Bay, is a delightful, highly Scandinavian influenced, community. This quaint, picturesque, little town has a strong Norwegian heritage. Its founders came from Norway via Michigan and Minnesota to settle in a landscape that was similar to their own snow peaked mountains and fjords. Other…

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Port Townsend Recommendation

on September 10th, 2013 in CRUISING :, PACIFIC NORTHWEST:, Puget Sound by | Comments

Over the years people have highly recommended a visit to Port Townsend, WA, but, for whatever reason, we have never made the stop. During our trip out west this year, we put Port Townsend on our planned route as we headed south from the San Juans toward Puget Sound. Port…

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Transiting Desolation Pass in a Pocket of Fog

on September 9th, 2013 in CRUISING :, PACIFIC NORTHWEST:, Puget Sound by | Comments

After spending a pleasant night on the hook at Hope Island, we woke to a blanket of fog so thick, we could hardly see more then 150 feet in any direction. We waited and waited until finally, close to our planned departure time, the fog began to lift a little….

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Catching a Mooring Ball at Hope Island

on September 8th, 2013 in CRUISING :, PACIFIC NORTHWEST:, Puget Sound by | Comments

Leaving the dock at Cap Sante Marina in Anacortes, I saw our fuel gage flashing a bright red “low fuel” light, setting my mind into a bit of a panic. Idling to the fuel dock, I was hoping we’d make it before running completely out. how embarrassing would that have…

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2013 Ranger Tugs and Cutwater Rendezvous – Anacortes, WA

on September 7th, 2013 in CRUISING :, PACIFIC NORTHWEST:, Puget Sound by | Comments

One of the ancillary benefits of boating are the many social opportunities present. Everywhere we anchor or dock we’ll either run into old friends or we’ll end up meeting some very interesting people. We can’t think of a better place to do this than at the annual Ranger Tug/Cutwater 2013…

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Last Stop in the San Juans – Spencers Spit

on September 3rd, 2013 in CANADA, CRUISING :, PACIFIC NORTHWEST:, San Juan Islands by | Comments

Spencer Spit, situated on the eastern side of Lopez Island in the San Juan Island chain, is a Washington State Marine Park, which means the area has mooring buoys, beach campsites, and hiking. We’ve never anchored or moored here, so we choose this spot as our days end destination, after…

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Grand Traverse Yacht Club Contingent Overtakes Garrison Bay – San Juan Islands, WA

on September 2nd, 2013 in CRUISING :, PACIFIC NORTHWEST:, San Juan Islands by | Comments

We left Roche Harbor to go whale watching in Haro Strait, the water was glassy smooth. It would be the last chance for a whale sighting this trip to the PNW – unfortunately it was not meant to be, but we had fun looking. Our next stop was Garrison Bay…

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Roche Harbor – A Boating Mecca

on September 1st, 2013 in CRUISING :, PACIFIC NORTHWEST:, San Juan Islands by | Comments

In 1845, the quaint waterside marine village of Roche Harbor, on San Juan Island, started out as a trading post for the Hudson Bay Company. By 1857 both the United States and Britain were claiming the San Juan Islands as their territories, based on a dispute over the western border…

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Hiking on Sucia Island to See Caves, Rock Formations and Beautiful Pacific Madrona Trees

on August 30th, 2013 in CRUISING :, PACIFIC NORTHWEST:, San Juan Islands by | Comments

Leaving Friday Harbor behind us we cruised to Sucia Island, a Washington State Park sitting in the San Juan Islands at the base of Strait of Georgia, only 3.5 miles from the Canadian border. Our 16-mile ride, from Friday Harbor, was short and uneventful, however during the last few miles…

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