Sandusky, OH, (via Detroit, MI) Grosse Ile, MI to Grosse Pointe, MI

It was a nice cruise on Lake Erie from Cleveland to Sandusky, OH (46 NM). The Yacht club was a pleasant place to stay for a couple days and allowed us to get a few chores done and bike around town. The best part of Sandusky was getting a visit from my Sister JIll and her hubby, Bill. So fun to bar-hop about town and have them aboard for the night. We were actually able to take Jill on a cruise to Grosse Ile (45 NM) while Bill drove to meet us. We cruised by the pretty Put-In-Bay and regretted the bad weather day that kept us from spending time there. The Ford Yacht Club at Grosse Ile (French for ‘Large Island’) was dealing with very high water due to the previous days wind but a nice place to spend an evening. We say goodbye to my family and push on the next day to the Grosse Pointe, MI (29 NM). A nice uneventful cruise up the Detroit River in 2 to 4 knot currents as we pass by the Detroit waterfront and into Lake St. Clair. We now understand that if fate delivers us a lovely cruise day, we are typically met with some bizarre issues or challenges in our final minutes of approach to our slip (or well). On this occasion, right as we are preparing to pull into the Grosse Pointe Yacht Club (in a shallow channel) we are buzzed by a coast guard helicopter three times and then approached by the ‘Michigan Conservation Officers’. Three officers in a 14-boat aluminum skiff in bullet proof vests and side arms. After retreating to deeper water to deal with our new friends (who are really game wardens certainly not Coast Guard as their job is to enforce environmental laws and not boat registration) we are released and resume our approach to the Grosse Pointe Yacht Club. The club is beautiful and the town is filled with gorgeous, stately, old brick homes. Larry and I cruise (in our rental car) over to St. Clair Shores and visit a few of the local boat-up bars. Our favorite was Mike’s on The Water a multi-level bar and restaurant right on Lake St. Clair. It’s a shame I have to fly back home tomorrow, as I would have loved to spend a little more time in this charming area. I will be off the boat for eight days. I am sorry to miss any part of our trip but duty calls. I only hope the Captain takes good notes and photos for his next web post on the Independence Chronicles.

Post Card Mural of Sandusky

Post Card Mural of Sandusky

Somebody really gets out every day and changes the date!!! Larry with Jill and Bill Gilmore

Somebody really gets out every day and changes the date!!! Larry with Jill and Bill Gilmore

The ‘Boy with the Leaky Boot’ Fountain…no idea what the significance is…

The ‘Boy with the Leaky Boot’ Fountain…no idea what the significance is…

The museum was closed….photo courtesy of Bill Gilmore

The museum was closed….photo courtesy of Bill Gilmore

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Sisters…Jamie and Jill (Williams)

Sisters…Jamie and Jill (Williams)

Horsing-around at the Merry-Go-Round Museum…

Horsing-around at the Merry-Go-Round Museum…

Pretty sunset over Lake Erie

Pretty sunset over Lake Erie

Leaving Sandusky

Leaving Sandusky

Bill Gilmore wading out to guide us into our flooded ‘well’ (that’s what they call slips here) at the Ford Yacht Club in Grosse Ile.

Bill Gilmore wading out to guide us into our flooded ‘well’ (that’s what they call slips here) at the Ford Yacht Club in Grosse Ile.

No we did not use shore power that day. Photo by Larry McCullough

No we did not use shore power that day. Photo by Larry McCullough

Larry gets creative in dealing with the high-water levels. Photo by Larry McCullough

Larry gets creative in dealing with the high-water levels. Photo by Larry McCullough

International Bridge greats us as we enter the Detroit Harbor

International Bridge greats us as we enter the Detroit Harbor

Detroit waterfront

Detroit waterfront

Grosse Pointe Yacht Club

Grosse Pointe Yacht Club

GPYC sculpture

GPYC sculpture

GPYC Grand Dining Room

GPYC Grand Dining Room

GPYC even has a bowling alley (not to mention a pool too!)

GPYC even has a bowling alley (not to mention a pool too!)

The menu at Mikes on the Water in St. Clair Shores

The menu at Mikes on the Water in St. Clair Shores

Mike…and friends

Mike…and friends

The rooftop bar at Mike’s on the Water

The rooftop bar at Mike’s on the Water