Eastpoint, Florida – A Heart as Big as the Bay!

We arrived at TTC Storage and met the owner, Mike, at the building. Within half an hour we had Kismet out of storage and ready to go. With a little help from Mike, we located a great oyster restaurant within walking distance of the storage building, had to get our oyster fix before heading out on the road toward Carrabelle. Eastpoint is an authentic fishing town with a heart as big as the bay. Here you can buy fresh local seafood from family-owned markets and eat a fresh seafood meal from restaurants operated by families four generations deep. Oystermen still use century…

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Cruising the Alabama, Florida Panhandle from Mobile Bay

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 I-65. Stopping here for the night gave us the opportunity to arrive at Fairhope early in the day. The park was quiet except for an evening symphony of cricket chirping in a swamp nearby. We have been by this way twice before and each time stayed at Eastern Shores Marina in…

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Boater Homing in Fruitland, Idaho

Our last two road days included a stop in Fruitland, Idaho where we selected a shady site at an RV park for the night. Still hot but bearable with the shade of the overhead trees filtering the intense heat from the sun making it comfortable sleeping in the boat. We are excited that the road trip part of the trip is just about behind us. We can't wait to get the boat back in the water. Destination reached.  

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Arriving at Lucerne Valley Marine – Flaming Gorge Reservoir

After three full days of driving across country and camping at RV parks along the way, we arrived at Lucerne Valley Marina early afternoon on the fourth day We were more than ready to test out the waters of the Flaming Gorge Reservoir. As we drove from Green River, in Wyoming, south along the western side of the Gorge we couldn't help but notice the desert like environment. After making the turn and driving the 4-miles to the marina we crossed the state line into Utah, we could see the change in the landscape off into the south, the area…

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Cross-Country Trek – Kismet is Heading West

Our boating exploration hiatus is over. Two years ago we set our sights to head west this summer for four months, mainly to cruise Puget Sound up into British Columbia's Desolation Sound  and maybe even the Broughtons, time permitting. On our way we'll put the boat into the Flaming Gorge Reservoir in Utah. It's been nine months since we had a cruise of any significance – the Tennessee River from Grand Rivers, Kentucky down to Rogersville, Alabama. We are happy to say that the planning is over, the boat is prepared, goodbyes to family and friends (always difficult) were made…

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Third Time’s a Charm – Tennessee River

For die-hard boaters, like us, there's no better feeling than heading out on the road (for trailerable boaters) on the cusp of an adventure, we were just itching to do a little river cruising. We took our Kismet on a 680-mile road trip, from Traverse City, Michigan, before we floated her off of the trailer today into Lake Barkley at Green Turtle Marina, in Grand Rivers, Kentucky. Our intention is to cruise the Tennessee River for the next four weeks. We had spent a couple of days at home, prior to departure, rigging the boat up and provisioning for our month-long excursion. We…

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The Little Red Tug Is On the Move Again

The little red tug, Kismet, is on the move again, we're headed south this fall to cruise the Tennessee River; a 220-mile trip (approx.) from Grand Rivers, Kentucky to Rogersville, Alabama. First stop was Cloverdale RV Park in Cloverdale, Indiana. Not a lot going on here but it was a very friendly stop for the night and very quiet and peaceful. I think Jim thought this sign was speaking to him personally, being such a kid at heart himself.  

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Post Wedding Trip to Mackinac Island

Our son, Skyler, got married to the love of his life, Sarah, on Labor Day Weekend. Most of our summer was focused on this big event; except for a few boat trips, we stayed close to home preparing and enjoying all the activities. I have to confess it took quite a toll on our blogging ability. After it was over, we needed to decompress and Mackinac Island came first to mind. This island is unique in it's ability to transport a visitor back in time, one of our most favorite cruising destinations; the perfect place to relax and savor the…

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2012 Venetian Festival – Charlevoix, Michigan

In stark contrast to our time cruising the North Channel this summer was our 5-day stop in Charlevoix, while on our way home, for the 2012 Venetian Festival; one of our all time favorite festivals. We called Charlevoix's harbormaster, Hal (below-right) to receive our slip assignment soon after we arrived in Round Lake. Before we knew it we were tied up snug on B dock ready to partake in the festivities. Thanks Hal! Our dockmates, Jan and Jean (above), spent considerable time and effort planning a weekend-long dock party on B dock complete with tiki hut and decorations. Nice job…

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Heading Home

Heading back to Spanish, time to load our boat onto the trailer to drive back to the states. This was the first bad weather day of our trip. No sooner had we got the boat secured onto the trailer and into the parking lot when it started to rain hard. You can tell from the photos how dreary it was during our trip home. Heading over the bridge at Sault Saint Marie was a little stop and go as we neared customs. Not long after crossing the Mackinaw Bridge, we were looking for a place to camp for the night…

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Road Trip… Canada Here We Come

In light of some of our road trips recently, the one we took today was relatively short. We started by heading north along the scenic route of northwest Michigan. We drove Kismet across the Mackinaw Bridge, through the Upper Penninsula, across the border into Canada and finally, 260 miles later, we launched her in Spanish, Ontario – right in the heart of the North Channel. We stayed one night at Spanish Marina getting things organized and prepped for our two week North Channel boating fix, it had been five years since our last visit to this magical Canadian wonderland, way…

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North Channel Bound

The North Channel is one of our favorite cruising destinations, there I said it! For those that have been, it most likely is one of your favored routes as well. If you haven't been, the following photos, although very, very nice can never do justice to what Mother Nature provides us cruising junkies. The North Channel is located in Ontario, Canada and resides in a stretch of water 160 nautical miles long at the most northern point of Lake Huron. The North Channel is bordered by Georgian Bay to the east, mainland Canada to the north, the St Marys River/…

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Torch Lake Anchor

Torch Lake has lots of fond memories for Lisa and I. We each boated here before we were married and began our boating adventures together on this lake. We used to trailer our 21-foot Four Winns Sundowner to Torch Lake to spend long weekends on the hook, but since our mode of boating has changed over the last fifteen years it's been a long time since we've been able to bring one of our boats to any inland lake. We kind of like the flexibility we are now enjoying with our Ranger Tug, Kismet. After we squeaked under the Torch…

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Have You Ever Been to Torch Lake, Michigan?

Jim and I started our boating adventures in the early 90s with a 21-foot Four Winns Sundowner. On many weekends during our short Michigan summers, we'd trailer it to Torch Lake for a relaxing few days on the hook. Jim was studying for tests at the time and I'd catch up on reading, we'd fill up a cooler of mostly finger food and we'd be happy campers for a long weekend away from the rat race. This weekend we could hardly contain our joy as we were packing up to head off to our all time favorite inland lake. We…

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Welcome Home Kismet!

Today we trailered our boat up to Charlevoix and launched her at Ferry Avenue Lake Charlevoix Municipal Boat Ramp. This ramp is just outside of Round Lake, on Lake Charlevoix by Irish Marina. As you can see (below) we were operating in a clouds of bugs that were hanging out at the boat ramp. The most bugs we've had on our boat at one time EVER! We have all known people who possess, what seems like, a magnetic force of attraction and because of their outgoing personalities, broad smiles and positive demeanors, they are the type of people that we…

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Going Home

After driving for three days we are finally home. Here we are stopping for lunch (below) one day. When trailering a big boat you don't have as many options for stopping at just any restaurant along the way, we often have to look for a long time to find somewhere to eat that we can also park the rig easily. Sometimes the best thing is to find a restaurant that's close to a mall parking lot. Lots of room there.  

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