Ok, we're long overdue and it's time to shake things up around here a little bit! Welcome to all the new members. For a while I was trying to greet each and every one of your personally but that has gone out the window lately. Been EXTREMELY slammed, short on help and trying to take advantage of some of this local wind at the same time so I'm waaay behind on trip planning! Anyone need a job???.... seriously, positions open, apply within! I would really like to make this 3rd weekend in July work even though it's 2 short weeks away. Prob is, right now, there is only 1 camp site avail for the entire weekend on only the Thur night. This can change daily but because this is prime season, it could be tough. There are other options in the area but camping at the state park has always been inexpensive, the most convenient... 1/4 mile from launches!... and most fun! In the past, some have procured there own accommodations or partnered up with others and done so at cabins or houses. We could all try to align with something like that. Worse comes to worse, we can camp free in the National park about a 1/2 hour drive (I believe) from the launch. I've never been but I think 1 or 2 of you may have so perhaps you could reply back with more info. If we camp, we will need some REAL campers to pitch in with camp stoves, perhaps pots/pans/utensils, etc. I only have the camping basics and usually camp with friends who have all the other gear. As we build the guest list, there should be plenty of opps for ride shares as well. If any of you have some time and some planning talents, by all means... partners welcomed!
Tawas Point, in East Tawas MI, is located on Lake Huron and about a 6 hour drive from Chi. It is the perfect spot for learning and any level of riding. The launches are on either side of the point... wind direction determines which side we are on. One side is a very large flat water bay with shallow waters. The other side is known as the "Lake side" but it differs from most Lake Michigan launches in that there are less pummeling waves, is shallow further out from shore and even though when staring out over the lake you're looking at Canada, is surprisingly a bit warmer than our Chi waters at times because of how shallow the waters! Since we can kite on both sides of the point, this spot works in every wind direction! Now for the real magic... besides the great companionship that always gather on these trips... Tawas is great for thermal action! Many times you can ignore the wind forecast... usually all we need are warm, sunny conditions with a Southerly flow and like magic, we have wind!! But we've had it good on some Northern directions too. Many times we've made this trek and there was NO wind around Chicago and the 15-20 of us there were cruising the Huron waters with perm-a-grins!!
Here are some past pix -n- stuff;
In the past, we brought kite instructors with us for those who are just learning or want to learn. But I couldn't align with their schedules this time. These trips have always been for all level kiters, especially new beginners just learning the sport. I have some options to arrange for lessons so please let me know right away if you will need them and I will post further info. And if you're just getting in to kiting, please contact me so we can make sure you are geared up properly so you can take full advantage of the trip! Please don't wait until the last minute.... even though I am with the planning. :)
Bottom line… everyone's welcome!! So who's in?!