Leaving Northport harbor on a gloomy morning, Ben and Tucker got the pleasure of being the first passengers on our adventure. The four of us Sailed from Northport to Muskegon together. For three days they were well behaved and actually helpful. We eventually referred to them as our “auto-pilot” while they would take turns at the helm well we took naps below.
We left Leland as the sun came up. When we got out on the lake and saw very scary weather ahead. Listening to the weather report was also unpleasant, but we knew we had a long day ahead and decided to get out the rain gear and tough it out.
The weather kept getting better and better throughout the day. By the time we made it to our destination the wind had died and the sun was shining. We arrived in Manistee just before nightfall after the marina was already closed. We tied Louise up anyways, and there was Jimmy Z and Dave Molesta awaiting our arrival to take us out for dinner and beers!
Manistee to Muskgeon was our last leg, and a truly wonderful day. We were in a little bit of a time crunch considering we had an appointment to un-step our mast the next morning at Torresen Marine. We motor-sailed all day and made it in perfect time. Above you can see that Ben is playing with our new friend, a pretty little birdy that landed on Louise and hung out with us for 3 hours. We hoped little birdy would hitchhike on Louise all the way to the ocean.