Our wind/waves apps Windy and Predictwind predicted winds increasing from 6mph to 19mph today, so we set a VERY early alarm to get across the Straits of Mackinaw before higher winds arrived.
Coast Guard Cutter Mackinaw was moored on our starboard side as we left Cheboygan. My brother Steve told me that the Mackinaw probably will leave soon for the July 30 – August 8 Grand Haven Coast Guard Festival.
We and Radian Journey took a straight line northeast across the Straits to Drummond Island. We exchanged boat pics.
This part of Lake Huron is the deepest water we have seen so far, except for an underwater mountain (reef) in the center that rises very quickly from 300+ feet to 30 feet.
The wind and waves increased over our cruise across the Straits. We began to see whitecaps and take spray over the bow as we passed the De Tour Reef Light and turned into the protected water of the De Tour Passage.
The last ten miles of our trip wound around small wooded islands, some with cottages accessible only by boat. We docked at DIYH just as gusty winds were picking up. Happy to be in this remote part of “Up North” Michigan!