Author: Mike & Melodie

Bayfield to Kincardine

So on Wednesday morning the Mystery Lady (Steve and Jean) departed to head back to our home port in Algonac.  MnM, and Lil R&R, decided to head up to Kincardine, Ontario.  Sheryl and Rod had never been there before, and wanted to go to a new port.


Bayfield to Kincardine is about 40 nautical miles, and we had absolutely flat waters as we headed out of Bayfield.


As we proceed north, the water got flatter and the temperature continued to rise :-).   Being faster than us, Lil R&R passed us and disappeared ahead of us.  A little while later, they called us on VHF to let us know they had decided to shut down before heading onto Kincardine to take advantage of the water.  What a great idea!!

So off in the distance we saw a dot, and as we got closer Rod called me on the VHF to let us know it was them and not a faction of the Georgian Bay Pirates (or were they??  Hmm.  ). Anyhow we trusted them, and brought MnM up close to them where we too shut down and proceeded to enjoy Lake Huron at its best.


We let the two boats drift close, and immediately jumped into water that had to be 80 degrees at the surface, and in the 70’s a little deeper (don’t worry, someone was always on one of the boats). Once Melodie convinced Sheryl that her “Little Blue Whale” that is always watching her was friendly, Sheryl joined Melodie on a float to drift around in the water.  What a blast!!


So, our short jaunt of about 2 hours turned into about a four hour journey, in which we reveled in just how wonderful the fresh water of the Great Lakes is.  We then proceeded to head into Kincardine approaching 5:00 PM, and proceeded to continue our socializing over some libations and world famous hotdogs (of which Rod and Sheryl ate eight.  In what combination I’ll never know!! LOL).  What a perfect day.


Bayfield Ontario

OK, OK.  I’ll admit it.  I am woefully behind in posting our travels over the past week. We’re actually sitting now in Tobermory, but I’m going to write this post about our trip from Sarnia to Bayfield.


Day 1 (Sunday)

On Sunday morning in Sarnia, we woke to beautiful skies and calm waters.  Knowing that we had a great cruise ahead, we bid farewell to our friends Ken and Melissa, who had to head back home.  The rest of us (Lil R&R, Fixation, Mystery Lady, and Her Poison) proceeded out into Lake Huron on the 2 – 2 1/2 hour ride to Bayfield.  The ride was glorious –  calm seas, beautiful skies, so we made great headway to Bayfield, arriving around 1:30 in the afternoon.  Dockage was on the starboard side of the river – the Bayfield Municipal docks, which is either good or bad (depending on your perspective) as it provides much faster access to the shopping districts than the Northern Lights Marina on the other side of the river.


So, several of the ladies proceeded immediately to the town, to ensure they didn’t miss out on any Sunday specials while the rest of us proceeded to set up camp for the next 3 days.  While all this was going on, the boys on Her Poison (Clay and Colton) took the MnM dinghy for an exploratory of the area

After everyone returned from town (mostly empty handed – Yeah!), we all gathered And had a group dinner on the docks, anticipating the big moment – Fireworks on the beach!! Bayfield was so excited to have us there they arranged fireworks?!!?  WOW!! (Might it have been a Canadian holiday??  Hmm……)

The fireworks were a blast, with the city doing some amazing things we’d never seen before, such as fireworks from the water and others shot out of a nozzle – looking like the water show at Bellagio in Las Vegas.

Day 2 (Monday)

On Monday morning we woke to another beautiful day.  The group was so happy about the fireworks arranged for us that several of us decided to arrange a personal 6 mile parade and strolled through the city and the local region!! No one seemed to know about it however, so we pretty much walked unnoticed.

After our personal parade, Mel and I decided to take the dinghy out for a little ride on the lake.  The wreck south of the entrance that used to be above water is now about 2 feet below the water due to the high water levels we are experiencing.  We continued to cruise down the shoreline for about another mile, and found a very nice beach area where we stopped and floated around for a bit.  I turned the dinghy around to head back, and started losing power after which the motor stalled out.  What the heck!  After fiddling with it for a bit, I was able to get it restarted, but eventually it gave up and stalled at the entrance to the harbor.  I then decided to row us back to out boat (Mel thought it was a romantic gesture – I’ll let you decide).

So once back, I proceeded to try to get it restarted, doing several things to the motor, thinking it was bad fuel or something, since the motor would try to run, but would not idle.  After fiddling for an hour or so, I decided it was “time to stop and think about it”.  Thinking involved pulling a couple lawn chairs under a shade tree with Mel, and our friends Ken and Mary,  and indulging on Mary’s delightful margaritas.  My strategy was to return to the dinghy motor with some new ideas as soon as it was in the shade of a tree.


Well.  The shade came and I was full of ideas – as were all of my bud’s that were on the trip.  We ripped into the engine, taking the carburetor off, and disassembling it.  Matt from Her Poison removed the idle speed jet from the fuel bowl, cleaned it using a mascara brush of Jess’s (don’t tell her).  We reassembled it and – BAM – it started and ran perfectly!! Way to Go Matt!!  Well.  That called for more celebration, and once again we barbecued, and then went down to the beach to have a bonfire – including marshmallows and Smore’s.  What a great night!!


Day 3 (Tuesday)

We woke to partially overcast skies on Tuesday after getting a nice downpour overnight.

Both Fixation and Her Poison had to leave this morning; Fixation due to some personal obligations back at home, Her Poison as they wanted to check out Grand Bend (another Canadian harbor south of Bayfield) before heading back home.  We all bid them farewell and safe travels as they left Bayfield.  Afterwards, Sheryl and I decided to do a quick walk, only to get stuck under a tree for a while while it rained again.  After that, we waked a bit more, then returned to the dock.

Earlier that morning Steve, Jean, Rod and Sheryl had made a trip to the hardware store to find a replacement heating element for Steve’s water heater.  He proceeded to install it, only to find that something else was going on with the Mystery Lady that was preventing Hot Water from happening.  That resulted in Rod and I trying to troubleshoot what was going on to no avail.  We all decided that it was better to leave it alone as Steve was contemplating heading home the next day anyway and could address it there.  Good news – He was able to find the problem once back at our home port, so all is good.

After that, I wanted to check out the reliability of the dinghy motor and Mel and I took the dinghy for a ride up the river for part of the afternoon.  All ran well, so we are in good order once again.


The remaining groups of six (Steve, Jean, Rod, Sheryl, Mike and Melodie) then went into town and had a great dinner at the Black Dog restaurant on their patio then had a nice walk back to the marina.

We have checked the marine forecast and have decided that we will head to our next destination on Wednesday instead of Thursday.   Wednesday is forecasted to have flat seas, while Thursday will be kicking it up a bit.

Stay tuned! – More to come!!


Sarnia Bay, Ontario – The Start of our 2019 journey

Hi everyone!

So we started MnM 2019 by leaving Algonac on a beautiful and warm morning, heading up to Sarnia Ontario to spend a weekend with the FNBA (Friday Night Boaters Association). MnM is joined by Lil R&R, Mystery Lady, Fixation, The Dealership & Her Poison.


Sarnia Bay Marina is a great entryway into Canada. It has very nice facilities, a salt water pool, a restaurant, and free shuttle around town as needed.

While in Sarnia we immediately took advantage of the facilities, taking over a dock (though shared with some geese who could have taken a holiday of their own), and enjoying a beautiful sunny day

On Saturday we made our way to that salt water pool, while others took advantage of a water park they have here, honing their wakeboard skills. At the end of the day we had a group dining experience at Salvatore’s Trattoria E Ristorante.


Being completely stuffed after a family style Italian meal, Melodie, Sheryl and I decided to walk back to the marina, about 2.5 miles from the restaurant.



Our plan at this point is to proceed up the Canadian coast along the Bruce Peninsula, going to Bayfield, Kincardine, possibly Tobermory and beyond.

We’ll keep you posted as we proceed.

TTYL – MnM 🙂

The final leg of our 2018 journey

At this point of our trip the MnM has been out and about almost a month, and as such we started getting the feeling it was time to start the return leg of our journey.  Furthermore, the other boats we were traveling with – Mystery Lady, Lil R&R and Fixation – all had a need to get back to the home port as work or other commitments awaited them.  So we left Meldrum bay on Wednesday August 15th, to start the bounce down the eastern side of the lower peninsula of Michigan.  This gave us a couple of days of weather window in the event we ran into some uncomfortable seas along the way.

Southern Leg of Trip (1 of 4)

The ride from Meldrum Bay to Presque Isle was once again remarkable; we have literally had a month of excellent seas on all the lakes, and we took a leisurely ride down the Mississauga Strait en-route to Presque Isle, about a two-hour run for us.

Southern Leg of Trip (2 of 4)

As we arrived in Presque Isle, we saw a lot of activity out in the lake, helicopters flying overhead and lots of boat activity.  Come to find out, the military was conducting some practice out there, and furthermore, we also found out they had emptied the fuel dock of gasoline, which all of the other boats we were traveling with needed.  So, we ended up tying up to our slips with plans for them to get fuel tomorrow afher they restocked.

Had a great dinner at the restaurant in the marina facilities and spent the evening playing “Man Against Humanity” card game.  Man – our friends really get into the gutter fast!  It was a lot of laughs.

The following day we set off to go to East Tawas – a number of people wanted to go there as they had not been there in a long time.  Another good ride.  About ten miles from our destination Steve sendt out a call regarding potential weather coming into the area, so we made a last-minute decision to alter course and head for Port Austin on the tip of the thumb.  Not a big impact, only adding a couple of NM to the overall ride down Saginaw Bay.  Had dinner at the Sportsman’s Inn, then walked a bit around town and had a brief Meeting on the dock (no, actually cocktail hour 🙂 ).  Steve knows this town really well.  It was fun to hear about his adventures around here!

Southern Leg of Trip (3 of 4)

The next morning we had breakfast in town and then headed out for the next leg, from Port Austin to Lexington.  About halfway there we got into a bit of a chop out of the south, I’m guessing three footers, that smacked us around a bit, but not really too bad given how fortunate we have been for the past month.  Lexington was very overcast and quiet.  We did some R&R on the boats, then went into town for dinner.

The next morning we had flat seas all the way from Lexington to AHC.  Everyone took their time, and reminisced about the wonderful trip each had, with thoughts of a return trip in the near future.

Southern Leg of Trip (4 of 4)

Well, that’s it.  Another trip under our belt. Once again we had a great time, and especially liked connecting with our friends for the second half of the trip.  MnM performed admirably once again with nary an issue.  We are very fortunate to have had such a great journey, and to also have such wonderful friends to travel with.

Till next time!!