Well, I think I should update you all on our plans for the 2020 sailing season. As you know, the original plan was to leave Manitowoc in mid-June and head through the Great Lakes, down the east coast to the Caribbean. Check out “The Plan” area of the blog. Well, clearly that was the plan since we are blogging about Plan B. Covid has thrown a wrench in many plans. We have committed to a seasonal slip in Manitowoc marina for the entire summer season for 2020. Multiple factors have played into our decision. Mostly, one of our non-negotiable items is that do not want to leave the Great Lakes without spending time in the North Channel in the most northern part of Lake Huron. This area is across the Canadian border and at present the Canadian border is closed to tourists. The North Channel is one of the top 50 places to sail in the world according to the book “50 places to sail before you die”. Even if the Canadian border were to open at some point this summer, we are uncertain what that will look like and may in fact require a 14 day quarantine period. Another factor in our decision is how we really want to experience this trip. We want to be able to go to restaurants, bars, meet people, feel comfortable having guests aboard our boat, etc. And in the current environment, it just seems that we might not have the experience we are looking for. This means the boat will spend another winter at Manitowoc marina and we will splash in the spring of 2021 and head to the Caribbean in mid-June of 2021.
So, Plan B. What does Plan B entail? We are still leaving mid-June and crossing Lake Michigan to head over to the Michigan side and harbor hopping up the coast of Michigan to hit all the cute small towns along the way. Still making our way to Mackinac Island for July 4th, minus any fireworks celebrations since those are cancelled. Then we will head around the upper peninsula of Michigian and down the Wisconsin coast along Door county and Green Bay. Essentially we will complete a circle tour of the upper part of Lake Michigan over 3 – 4 weeks., returning back to Manitowoc marina at the end.
We will see and experience what we can. Lake Michigan has a lot to offer and we are just as excited to spend our summer here. And hey, we are retired so we have all day. Follow along as we tell you about each of the stops along the way.