July 7 – Hessel and Les Cheneaux Islands
We pulled into Hessel in a pretty stiff wind. We were being blown off the dock, and it was all we could do, with the marina staff, to get tied up securely. Our boat was a bit long for their docks, so our swim platform was not accessible. It was a bit tricky to get off and on the boat, but we managed fine.
Hessel is a really small town – they have 2 churches, a Post Office, a boat works where they also sell really good ice cream (!), one small store that sells breakfast and lunch sandwiches (and ice cream!). There was another restaurant, but it has closed. We had planned only one night there, but the weather wasn’t good for cruising – wet and windy. After our third night, the weather was cooperative, so we were able to try this anchoring out thing again. Government Bay has been recommended by several people for a good anchoring spot.
Long story short – Government Bay is truly a little slice of heaven. Sheltered from winds, deep water – this experience was totally different than our first. We were able to launch our dinghy with the new motor and try it out. We cruised all over the bay, had a conversation with the folks on one boat. What a beautiful spot, weather that was perfect, a good night’s rest was had by all!
Next stop is Mackinaw City – nothing much to recommend there, but the marina is good, and it is a good stop to set us up for a long day’s cruise to Petoskey. We’ll only stay in Mac City for one night. We want to arrive in Petoskey on Sunday, then stay for 3 nights. Those days in Petoskey look like they might be a bit wet….