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Alpena, MI - 6/23/16
By David Pottinger
Posted on 6/23/2016 9:43 PM

We are back in the U.S.  We cruised 90 miles across Lake Huron to Alpena, MI today.  Couldn’t have asked for a better day on Lake Huron.  There were a few ripples in the water and maybe a few six inch waves.


Alpena, MI is home to the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary.  This area of Lake Huron can be one of the most treacherous areas due to fog, unpredictable weather, gales, and rocky shoals.  There have been over 200 shipwrecks in this area; 100 of them have been discovered in the sanctuary.  This area is nicknamed “Shipwreck Alley”.  You can see some of the wrecks from glass-bottom tour boats.  Wrecks range from an 1844 steamer to a modern 500-foot-long German freighter.  NOAA has a great museum here, too.


We still have about 90 miles to go to get home.  We plan to break that up into two days of cruising.  Anything to make the trip last longer :)


For our friends back in Arizona…Dave wore a T-shirt, two sweatshirts, sweatpants, foul weather pants, coat and gloves for much of this morning.  It did warm up to the mid-70s today.

Last night in Tobermory:
9:49am...still in Canadian water: we're in U.S. water...see the difference???
My crew, while I'm at the helm.  In all fairness, I napped, too, when Dave took the helm:
Thought this was nice horizon shot:
Winter Harbor
Port Royal Landing