New Boat… Shakedown Cruise…

Here in Northern Michigan, we get boat fever if we don’t get out on the water enough.  Those of us who are lucky enough to own boats, often get this condition called “Two-foot-itis”…

This is a condition where you have a nice boat that is enough, but then you walk down a dock and see a slightly bigger boat that just might just be a touch more your style!  My friends, Terry and Susan Roote, remedied this condition this week, by upgrading from their 28 ft SeaRay Express, to a 32 ft Regal with twin engines.  Note… my knowledge of engines is limited, so I have no idea what kind of engines, HP’s, etc…

So…  as soon as they rolled back into town with their boat they invited a couple of us for a “Shakedown” Cruise to run out any bugs that might exist.   Off to Torch River Marine we went to meet up for our cruise down Torch River, through Lake Skegemog, and into Elk Lake.

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Good times for sure!  The boat ran like a champ, topping out at 55 mph across shorelines of Elk Lake, and onto the South end Sand Bar, where we tested out the water with our toes for a minute.  Elk Lake is actually about 63 degrees.  Not bad compared to the icy waters of Torch Lake! img_6487

The day wasn’t a top notch sunny day, but we threw on sweatshirts and had a great day!

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Of course the cruise down Torch River is always a relaxing treat!

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Siri, the boat dog!

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Getting the hang of the twins!  Terry did great with his new boat…

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The sun tried to come out for a few minutes, casting a glow across Lake Skegemog’s “Stump Hell”…

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Susan got a quick minute to handle to boat as well.  Boat’s just make people smile really big!

What a super fun day we all had!

Did I mention they have a beautiful Bed and Breakfast at the South end of Torch Lake also?  If anyone is ever curious about visiting this amazing area, just check their place out at UpFromTheRoote’s on Facebook!   They are great hosts!

 

Summer is here… and Torch Lake is back in full swing!

Yes…  It’s memorial weekend.  The weather is amazing here in Northern Michigan, at last!  The boats, yes…  the boats are ready to be in the water zipping around the lake and loafing on the sand bar at the south end.  It’s good to be a Michigander this weekend, especially if you own a boat!

7583841840_img_0308The water is a bit cold, but it sure doesn’t stop anyone from dipping their toes in to see if they can handle the ice cream headache that may result!  (Sparty on friends, Sparty on!)

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I personally just love days like these!  The water is so clear and clean… and did I mention COLD????  The air temperature was a solid 85 degrees. They tell me the water is 60 degrees, but my feet completely disagree!  Still… This place is the best place to be.

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A cruise up the river was a nice break from the crowd.  Happily, this natural piece of artwork on Torch River has survived yet another winter!  It’s a favorite of mine.

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Swanny even tried to pay us a visit to see if we had extra crackers on board.  Sorry buddy, no crackers for you!

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Days like today, it gets so hot cruising the river, you just have to stop off for a dip before you head on under the bridge.

… and we get an additional day of this!

Happy Memorial Weekend to all…  Take time to remember all the veterans who gave their lives so that we can enjoy weekends like this.

 

Hints of Summertime!

Like I said before… Winter’s in Northern Michigan can be gloomy, long, and gray.  But When spring hits, it’s like a ray of hope shoots across the sky!  What is that beautiful blue sky and bright shiny sun?  Ahhhhh… it’s simply wonderful.  This weekend was the perfect occasion to tour around the Torch Lake area to catch a little positive energy!

First Stop… Torch River Marine at the South End of Torch Lake.  Yes, this place is simply buggin’ to come alive!  Boats are already coming out of storage, and the place is hopping!

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That’s my pontoon right there in the middle waiting to be uncovered for the season.  It will be ready for me in May!

After meandering around the lake through Alden and up to Bellaire, we found a perfect opportunity to stop at Short’s Brew Pub for some delicious brews and a quick snack.  Oh so good… there’s a beer or cider flavor for every pallette here!

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A highly recommended stop…  my personal favorites here:  Bellaire Brown, Soft Parade, and Local’s Light.

Overall, a good day around Torch Lake, ending up at home for a good movie and some rest… and of course, some couch time with the Daisy!

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No one can resist the perfect sunbeam!