Monday, August 10, 2015

De Tour State Dock, De Tour, MI, Monday, August 10, 2015

De Tour State Dock, De Tour, MI, Monday, August 10, 2015

When we woke this morning we could hear the carnival crew breaking up the setting and getting ready to move on to another small festival somewhere. Last night had fireworks, an om-pa-pa band…quite an event!

We’re headed to De Tour, MI, today in the UP (Upper Peninsula). Left around 6:45 AM with rain clouds on the horizon to the west and a small ray of sun on the east. It was sprinkling rain by the time we pulled out of the harbor.

The trip, though, was pretty easy. Forty miles, with a slight push from wind and waves…we were there by noon with only a few rain showers in our wake. The waves were 1 ft. or less, as we had hoped.

We left Rogers City shortly before a trawler from Michigan, Freedom’s Turn, left. They ended up passing us, as they were a bit faster, but we talked with them on the way and they encouraged us to contact them if we had questions about the area, as this is their “turf.” ;-)

De Tour, MI, is on the St. Mary’s River and right across the river from Drummond Island, MI, which is where we came into the US in 2008 when we left Canada and were heading back home from the loop trip. A really small, remote setting…De Tour has a feel of it’s own.

It’s our first time in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. We learned today that the inhabitants of the UP call themselves Yoopers.

We walked around town, small as it was, and enjoyed ice cream and the few stores that were available.  Stopped by the IGA on the way back to the boat and picked up 2 bags of fresh goods.

This is what it looked like when we left Rogers City this morning...would it be a good day, or a stormy day?

That afternoon, docked at De Tour...and looking beyond to the St. Mary's River and our passage north!

The Marina office.  We were surprised to see a number of boats pull in this afternoon to the harbor...but I guess it is time for the migration to begin from North Channel to points south.

 A sticker that tells the story....

Our view of the lake as we walked into town.

It's pretty much a one-street-town: Ontario Street.

Again...beautiful churches.

And a unique, but attractive home.

And...even better...what I imagine to be someone's studio up here in the summer, complete with garden and lots of light!

Very rural, peaceful venue.

Rogers City Marina, Rogers City, MI, August 9, 2015

We woke up this morning at 5 AM to check out our options for today’s travel: Rogers City or Detour. We chose Rogers City because of the afternoon flare up of wind and waves near the Detour destination.
So…we took Lucy into shore as soon as light was available. Beautiful morning!

We took Lucy back to an area we’d been the day before onshore. There’s a little trail here leading to the beach. Last night there were probably 15 people out there talking, walking dogs…swimming.

From the shore…we look like a spot in the bay.

We were out of the anchorage by about 6:45. That’s one of the neat things about anchoring: you only have to pull up anchor and you’re gone! No unplugging from shore power and pulling in the cords. No taking in dock lines…just gone!  Ah, but then again, we use the dinghy to take Lucy to shore and then have to put it up...Though, with the Popper Upper unit, it's a pretty quick chore!

Our trip to Rogers City was quick and easy. We traveled no more than about 2 miles offshore. And when we got there…we were actually on time for a festival! The Nautical City Festival!! Complete with parade and everything!

We walked around town, ate lunch at the Chinese/Thai restaurant buffet (good) and got ice cream down the street at a little ice cream store. There was an art/craft show to tour and a carnival, complete with the usual rides…tilt-a-whirl, ferris wheel, etc. Food vendors were on hand with sausages (a regional favorite), hot dogs, etc.

I walked down to the IGA…only to find it was a “mini-IGA” and it was closed on Sunday. There’s a Fossil Park on the beach area, but I was too busy thinking about lunch and the parade to go there.
Here are some views from the city that day...

Small downtown area, but they have the essentials, post office, dollar store, grocery...

The map said there was an IGA about 10 blocks away from the marina, so while we waited for our chosen lunch place to open, I walked down there to see if I could pick up a few fresh items.  Ever heard of a mini-IGA?  I hadn't. is closed on Sunday.  Seems their big business is sausages and they were going to have an open house later in the day with refreshments and....sausages.

We planned our ice cream store visit very well, as it turned out, because we were able to sit and watch the parade.  There were several "princesses" and their courts on floats, lots of antique cars (one with "mother and father of the princess"...the local high school band, etc.

Another pretty church... They use a lot of stone up here.

Jerry, there was an antique tractor show!!