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End of the Cruising Season

Idyll Time is now resting safe and sound in a large heated warehouse where she will patiently wait for our return next spring. It is always a little heart stopping as the big fat girl is lifted out of the water. With the slings creaking and groaning as they lift the 68,000 pound lady out […]

Lake Michigan Fall 2011

After returning from Lake Superior, we decided to use Grand Haven, MI as our base of operation for the remainder of the year. This also gives us a chance to return home to Chattanooga for a few weeks. Although we very much enjoy the boating life, it is good to spend some time at our […]

Lake Superior 2011

LAKE SUPERIOR: The Indian name for Lake Superior is Kitchi gami. Lake Superior is the largest of the Great Lakes by both surface area and volume. By surface area, it is the largest freshwater lake in the world. Lake Superior contains more water than all the other Great Lakes combined. It contains 10% of all […]

Lake Michigan: June 2011

Grand Haven to Pentwater: Today is our first day out on the water for 2011. We are always a little anxious for the initial shakedown cruise of the boat. Even though we have checked and double checked everything, you always wonder if the long winter storage will cause something to malfunction. Before heading into Lake […]

Idyll Time Spring Launch: 2011

After several delays, IT is finally back in the water and resting snugly in her slip at Grand Haven, Michigan. Jeff and Sebastian made the trip solo from Chattanooga to get IT ready for our 2011 cruising season. Due to Nate’s injury, I stayed home with the birds for this trip giving Nate some extra […]

Nate’s Notes #9: A Near Death Experience

I know it is not good to start off with an apology but I really have a good excuse for not writing my log for such a long time. As chief engineer aboard Idyll Time (IT), my duties are many. Mostly these involve undoing things with my beak. After putting our boat in storage for […]

Land Cruising

With our boat, Idyll Time, in winter storage until spring, we are now land cruising aboard our new RV. In November, we purchased a 24 foot Winnebago View. We call her “Miss Daisy” in honor of Daisy, our Sheltie who just passed away. In many ways it is similar to boat cruising only now we […]

Daisy (7-04-97 to 11-19-2010)

It is with much sadness that we write this log. Daisy, our best friend and cruising partner, lost her battle to heart disease this past week. She was a great traveling companion, happily going wherever we took her. She never complained and was always eager to be by our side. We had 13 wonderful years […]

The Great Little Boat Adventure: Completion of The Great Loop

Honey We Shrunk the Boat! After spending the last four years aboard our 48 ft. Krogen trawler, we have traveled over 12,000 miles exploring the waters of the Great Loop. To complete the loop we still have over 1200 miles of middle America rivers to travel before crossing our wake in Chattanooga, TN, our home […]

New Cruising Plans

Our original plan for this year was to finish the loop and bring Idyll Time back home to Chattanooga, TN. After spending the summer on the Great Lakes, we realized that there is still much more cruising to do on these Lakes. In our two years of traveling on these waters, we have only begun […]