Drummond Island to Chicago
by, Eric Grubb
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With the kids already back in school, I had the opportunity to help move a friend's boat from Drummond Island, Michigan to Chicago, Illinois. At this point, Capt. Richard Smith and his girlfriend had completed some 6,000 miles of the "Great Loop" cruise, and his goal for the week was to position the boat to Chicago for their next voyage south.
During my 4-day trip, we travelled some 315 miles. The chart screenshots were inserted to help define where the pictures were taken during the trip from NE to SW, heading toward Chicago.
The start of the 1st day, heading from Drummond Island, through the Detour Passage, toward the Straits of Mackinac.
Note that Sault Ste Marie is just to the NW of where we started, up the St. Mary's River.
The "Enchantress," a Hatteras 53. My dream boat!
An interesting tidbit: The island in the background is part of Canada. In the wintertime, US and Canadians make a path on the ice with their Christmas trees, connecting the two with a walkway lined with trees.
Above, the Drummond Island Yacht Haven.
Capt. Richard Smith, M/V Chillin', hailing port Prospect, KY
Abvoe, the ferry from Detour, MI to Drummond Island. Below, the famous Detour light marks the channel.
Above, one of the half dozen large boats we saw on the trip. Below, another "loop" boat heads toward the Straits of Mackinac.
Above, this is how packages make it to Mackinac Island. They must unload at the dock, as cars are not permitted on the island.
Below, the Grand Hotel, which has been in operation since 1887. That's where they filmed "Somewhere in Time," starring Christopher Reeves.
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