Wet Dog Adventures Message Board › Live from the Les Cheneaux Islands II
Safety Harbor, FL
Hey TABOO er's,
We're just getting another chance to get to a computer and wanted to update everyone on our adventure in Upper Michigan where MJ and I are sea kayaking guides for the summer with Woods and Water Eco Tourss in Hessel Michigan located on Lake Huron.
Last Saturday I gave a kayaking class to ten fourteen year old girls and two 22 year old counselors from the Travers City YMCA camp. We will be doing kayak camping trips with four of their camps this summer. The first group was a few weeks ago and this group was much more excited about learning and kayaking the sixteen miles to get to Government Island where they were to camp.
On our way to the island Tim (one of our guides and I ) met MJ and Jessie (owner of Wood and Water Eco Tours) on Birch Island with a group they were taking out. MJ told of a sunken ship in the channel and we got to check it out. Very cool.
The first group had problems making it out to the island due to illness and other factors, but this group was much more gung ho and made it out in about eight hours. Each day we would meet them out and take them on another kayak outing to show them the Les Cheneaux Islands. We were told to make it rough on the group and not be too easy so we tried to challenge them on each trip.
The last day MJ and I led the group back to the take out via the South end of the islands and out on Lake Huron. We immidiately hit some big winds and all heck started to break loose and I had to rescue a tandem kayak from crashing into the rocks. Meanwhile MJ had the rest the group under control and we ended up paddling over three footers to a safe haven in the islands called Boosely Channel. The group had a well deserved rest and then it was on to the inner part of the islands, which was much less windy. We noticed in these islands that it is smart to paddle the lee side ( or shadow of the wind) of the islands whenever possible due to the winds coming from the South West daily.
We got the group to the take out in time and then drove to Hessel for a much needed lunch and beer.
The islands are so beautiful up here it's almost surreal the experience we are having. MJ's cottage is magnificent and the people are great around here.
By the way if you have a chance check out this months issue of Wooden Boat magazine on page 42. MJ and her dad are featured washing their 1928 Hacker antique boat.
We're on our way to the Bliss Music Festival today and will check in later in the week.