St. Ignace to Petoskey

5 Jul

I was going to tell you about our trip from St. Ignace to Petoskey. 

About crossing under the Mackinac Bridge…


…and the rough seas (for the first time on this journey I actually got a bit seasick – ugg! enough said!)…


…and the beautiful coastline around Petoskey…


coast line

But, I’ve changed my mind. Instead I want to tell you a story…

 Before Bushranger blossomed into the lovely butterfly/trawler she is today, she was a sad trawler named Quixote.


Bushranger at the start of her adventure


As you probably know, Boyd and crew (that’s me!) spent a good part of three years in a marina on Pickwick Lake rebuilding and generally gussying her up for her great adventure.

What you might not know is that those three years created more beautiful memories than I can begin to relate – mostly because of the wonderful friends we made while there.

Now, I’m not going to list all the wonderful folks who made our time there so memorable, but I am going to say that those friendships continue to bloom and produce joy.

Did I mention that in our Looping original plan we had not intended to cruise into Petoskey? We hadn’t really heard of the town until a friend from our time at Pickwick (now Bob, don’t blush just because I’m talking about you in the blog) contacted us and said that we should visit his absolute best friend in the world – who happened to live in Petoskey.

Since living on a boat gives us unbelievable flexibility, we agreed.

Thank you Bob – and I totally understand why you and John are best friends (you two are like two peas in a pod).

I am so happy to say that we now have two new friends that live (part-time) in Petoskey Michigan. So, to John and Lenoir (now don’t YOU two start blushing!?!), Boyd and I loved getting to know you and we look forward to seeing you on the docks at Pickwick Lake when Bushranger finally ‘crosses her wake’ and completes the Loop later this year – and then dinner is on us!

P.S. t/7, s/7

4 Responses to “St. Ignace to Petoskey”

  1. Alex Ertz July 5, 2016 at 21:33 #

    Gray’s Reef is like that! (Sea sickness). Great bike trail from Charlevoix to Petoskey to Harbor Springs. You are almost a year to the day behind us. We were in Petoskey last year for 4th of July fireworks. Sounds like you skipped Beaver Island? Not missing much, ha, except the isolation of it all.

    • MrsB July 5, 2016 at 21:36 #

      Yep we skipped that, all well… by the way you are part of those lovely Pickwick memories. …

  2. Pat July 6, 2016 at 16:28 #

    Beautiful commentary on the value of friendships.

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