Cruising on Last Dance

This blog archives the adventures of Glen and Jill Moore and provides a means of communication for friends and family. Exploration and adventure have been synonymous with boats and water for centuries. The joy of adventures shared while exploring new places and meeting new people has built a strong bond for Glen and Jill. Last Dance is the platform for the exploration.

"The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page." St. Augustine, 354 - 430

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” Mark Twain, 1835 - 1910

"There is nothing -- absolutely nothing -- half so much worth doing as simply messing around in boats." The Wind in the Willows, 1908, Kenneth Grahame, 1859 - 1932

"I've never believed speed and ease are conductive to living fully, becoming aware, or deepening memory, a tripod of urges to stabilize and lend meaning to life." River Horse: a log book of a boat across America, 1999, William Least Heat-Moon,1939 -

The Great Loop -- The current adventure is a circumnavigation of the Eastern United States, cruising north up the east coast through New York into Canada, across the Great Lakes to Chicago, navigating multiple river systems south to Mobile, along the Gulf coast to the Florida Keys and back to St. Augustine. This trip by boat is commonly referred to as the Great Loop. Progress and current location are indicated by the red line on the map to the right. It was titled the Traceless Path in recognition of a German sailor we met in St. Augustine who published booklets of his travels with hand-drawn, detailed maps describing his travels across the water as the Traceless Path.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Lake Michigan -- Angry?

Can a lake have emotions?  English professors would argue not.  Those who have experienced Lake Michigan may argue differently.  Viewing a display model of a 700' freighter that was broken up and sunk by an angry Lake Michigan makes one think about the wisdom of adventuring out.  The photo below shows the Grand Haven lighthouse on a day that was too rough for small boats.  The water looks calm since it is on the south side of the jetty and the wind and waves were from the north.  The photo is presented as a reference for the images that follow, which were made from the opposite direction for obvious reasons.

Petoskey, located at the end of a very open Little Traverse Bay, does not have a natural harbor.  A breakwater has been constructed to provide protection for a marina located near downtown.  The below image is of that breakwater.

Can a lake be angry?

Many thanks to Shirley Cooper for sharing a link to lighthouse photographs which contained the above images.

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