A few years ago we decided to avoid boating on the fourth of July. Memories of the Green Storm on Lake Superior in 2000 and the heavy weather that hit us leaving Grand Marias in 2012 are examples. So this year we were in Buffalo MN when the July 5 storms caused downed trees and flooding in neighboring towns. We appreciated getting an email from friends in Marinette showing our boat was fine after the storms passed though the area!
Thinking the stormy week was behind us, we arrived at our boat on July 7 just as the clouds were gathering to the north. So glad to be unpacked and in the boat as the rain began to fall.
The storm blew through as fast as it approached and we enjoyed a beautiful sunset. We knew our friends Carl and Joyce Berdie had launched their sailboat and moved it to the Menominee Marina so we headed over to see them. They are beginning an 8 week trip around Lake Michigan on a Freedom 40 Cat Ketch -Running Free.
Looking forward to boating for a few nights with them. I will have a better photo later!
Recall our promise to “pay it forward”? The Birdies were driving a rental car and we offered to drive them to Green Bay to return it to Enterprise at the Airport. We all went out to eat at Ogden to discuss the details. Wonderful fish tacos and live music. Just a few blocks from the marina. (Highly recommend)
On the way to the airport, Colleen checked Craigslist for possible folding bikes for sale in the Green Bay area. Found a pair for sale; just miles from the airport. A few text messages back and forth, and plans were made to go check them out. I think the Berdies were a little surprised for the side trip when we picked them up at the airport, but were good sports as we tried to follow gps to the other side of Green Bay to buy some bikes!
The friendly boaters at Menominee invited us to the Yacht club for burgers. We met boaters and heard tips and suggestions of places to visit in Door County. Judy joined our table and welcomed us to the area- Her hobby is making jewelry. She offered to give Colleen a quick lesson on how to wire wrap sea glass the following day – if we could meet in between sailboat races. we met and had a wonderful necklace in about ten minutes! Here is a photo and my drawing I made as a thank you!