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Postby CaptainJason » Sat Dec 12, 2009 6:59 am


I have partnered up with Terry Pepper from GLLKA and Dave Wobser from boatnerd to do a combined lighthouse and boatnerd trip. We will begin our journey on May 19th in Sault Ste Marie. We will board a bus that afternoon that will take us to Marquette, where we will have dinner and spend the night. In the morning the bus will bring us down to the marina where we will board the Keweenaw Star and make our way East toward the Soo. Along the way we will see Marquette Main Light, Grand Island North Light, Au Sable Light, Crisp Point Light, Whitefish Point Light, Ile Parisienne Light, Gros Cap Light, and Point Iroquois Light. For the boatnerd we have any boats in Marquette Harbor, any boats coming to Marquette, the upper half of the St Mary's River, and the Soo Locks. When we arrive at our dock in the Soo we will be shuttled up to the Casino and enjoy a buffet dinner, and sleep for the night. On the morning of May 21st we will depart for Charlevoix. Along the way we will see Round Island (St Mary's River), Pipe Island Light, Detour Reef Light, Martin Reef Light, Round Island, and Round Island Passage Lights, the Mackinac Bridge, St Helena Island Light, White Shoal Light, Waugoshance Reef Light, Grays Reef Light, Ile Aux Galets Light, and finally Charlevoix Pierhead. For the boatnerd we will have the lower half of the St Mary's River including Rock Cut, Drummond Island and Port Dolomite stone docks, and the busy shipping passages of Round Island, Mackinac Bridge, and Gray's Reef. Upon our arrival in Charlevoix we will board a bus that will take us back to the Soo. Along the way we will stop and eat dinner and spend a little time at the GLLKA giftshop. This is an all inclusive trip which will run $700 per person for double occupancy, and $850 for single occupancy. Included in this price are your boat fare for 2 days aboard the Keweenaw Star with Continental Breakfast, Hot Lunch, and appetizers, hotel rooms in Marquette and 2 nights in Sault Ste Marie, dinner in Marquette, Sault Ste Marie, and Mackinac City. Reservations can be made by calling Jason from Keweenaw Excursions at (231) 237-9365. e-mail http://www.keweenawexcursions@gmail.com
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Postby WisKeeper » Sat Dec 12, 2009 9:08 pm


Its going to be cold on the water in May!
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Postby Grover » Mon Dec 14, 2009 6:08 am


...
I don't know ...

There was a terrible movie in the late 1970's, Capricorn 1, about a fake manned Mars
landing ... some of Hollywood's worst actors were it ... I am reminded of it as so far, only
one person has ever posted pictures here of the Ultimate Lighthouse #1 ...

Fortunately, it was Terry who posted them, a man Ive met and a man of who's integrity I am
sure ... so I am reasonably certain this trip actually occurred

Ultimate Lighthouse #2 sounds every bit as eniticing as UL #1 ... 2010 for me, is
going to be a year of great celebration and expense ... its too soon for me to say yea or nay
but it is going to take lots of thought and for sure, some consternation ...

For now, just "wishing and hoping"
"There are two pips in a beaut, four beauts in a lulu,
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Postby WisKeeper » Mon Dec 14, 2009 6:17 am


I went on Ultimate Lighthouse Trip #1 and Gary Martin and Mike Hershberger were there too. We had beautiful weather in September.

It is cold on Lake Michigan in May, I have been on boats during the Door County Lighthouse walk. One needs to wear a winter coat. The air temp can be in the 30's. Lake Superior can be even colder than Lake Michigan.
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Postby CaptainJason » Mon Dec 14, 2009 8:05 am


Due to bus space availability we are only allowing 46 people maximum on this trip. If you have been on the Star before you know that there will be plenty of room inside the heated cabin for 46 people. It will be cold. With a water temp of just around freezing the air around the water can't get much warmer. This is an adventure for sure. It may even snow! You just have to ask yourself do I have any pictures of lighthouses with snow coming down taken from the water? If the answer is no then here may be just what you are looking for.
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Postby rocky5128 » Mon Dec 14, 2009 9:27 am


I am thinking about it. I am aolso in the wishing and hoping catagory right now, but with luck I will be up there for it.

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Postby Grover » Mon Dec 14, 2009 10:24 am


WisKeeper wrote:I went on Ultimate Lighthouse Trip #1 and Gary Martin and Mike Hershberger were there too.

Hey ... I know them!
"There are two pips in a beaut, four beauts in a lulu,
Eight lulus in a doozy, and sixteen doozies in a humdinger.

No one knows how many humdingers
there are in a lollapalooza."
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Postby CHUCKX53 » Mon Dec 14, 2009 11:56 am


The first time I went out to Poverty Island was in May of 2003….Part of the Door County Walk experience…It was 38 degrees actual temp when we left port, with about 10-15 knot North wind and overcast & sprinkly….I had on long johns, a jacket, heavy coat, two sock hats, scarf, light gloves (I had to take shots)…..For about the 20 or so minutes, up at the front of the boat, I wound up so cold that I couldn’t hardly move my mouth to talk, the top two joints of my fingers lost feeling (and mobility), and I got thoroughly frozen throughout, to having trouble walking back to the cabin…..Now that was cold.

Couple of years later, went back, also in May….Temp was near 70, and that was loads better…Lots better shots too….But just goes to show how much of a difference there can be in the lake weather in May.
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Postby CaptainJason » Mon Dec 14, 2009 2:39 pm


Grover

If you go to www.boatnerd.com and look at the pictures in the photo gallery section you will see a great picture of the Keweenaw Star in the Rock Cut and one in the Lock. Just look in the ferry and passenger vessel category under Keweenaw Star. You may even see some people you know. You can see Terry, Mike, Gary, and me in the picture from the lock.
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Postby Grover » Mon Dec 14, 2009 3:19 pm


...
Jason .. thanks for the reference, it was much appreciated
... and please, Grover is just an ID ... its Barry!

... and I was just having a little fun before as Suzanne referred back to Mike and
Gary. They've been strangers around here for awhile now. Perhaps, like Prodigal
Sons, they will return in the future
"There are two pips in a beaut, four beauts in a lulu,
Eight lulus in a doozy, and sixteen doozies in a humdinger.

No one knows how many humdingers
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Postby Hersh » Mon Dec 14, 2009 8:05 pm


Perhaps.....

Sounds like a good trip again Jason, but given the shekels I laid out for the 1st trip I don't think I can swing it again, even with a shorter and less expensive trip.

But for those who didn't make it this fall, I would recommend this trip, even if it is cold!
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Postby WisKeeper » Mon Dec 14, 2009 10:58 pm


Nice photos of the Star on BoatNerd!
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Postby Hersh » Tue Dec 15, 2009 6:07 pm


I tried e-mailing the guy who took one of the boatnerd photos asking for a hi-res file, but I never got a reply. I'd have liked to have that one for the archives...
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Postby NoahG » Tue Dec 15, 2009 7:46 pm


hmmmm, May 19th, that's actually possible for me! Now to see if funds will permit....
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Postby CaptainJason » Wed Dec 16, 2009 7:25 am


Sorry about that Barry.
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