It’s been a few days since writing in the blog as we have entered the USA and I can’t use my turbo hub to access the internet. We are in St. Ignace, Michigan, safely docked at the marina. There is all sorts of bad weather surrounding us, so this is a good place to be. We tried to get reservations for Mackinac Island, but the marina was full.
We left Sault Ste. Marie on Sunday and traveled up the St. Mary’s River to Harbor Island. It was very warm so we went swimming for an hour and then received a text message from Jim and Sharon. I guess the US border patrol spoke with them while they were anchored in the same spot as we were a few hours earlier and suggested that they go and check in to US Customs. We always thought that you didn’t have to check in as long as you did not go on the land, but that is not true. As soon as you drop your anchor, you are considered illegal unless you have checked in. (Jim and Sharon could have had a $1000 fine as well as losing their boat).
So, we hoisted the anchor and headed over to Drummond Island and checked in with the Customs officer. Then, Jim and Sharon’s friends, on the Nancy D, had us over for supper. We then left and re-anchored were we were in the afternoon.
We left early in the morning and went as far as Government Island and anchored there for the night. We left really early this morning so that we would avoid the storm and are now at St. Ignace. We might go to Cheboygan tomorrow. We’ll see. Eventually, we will start heading back home…