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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 […]

Lake Michigan: August 2010

Sault Ste. Marie to Mackinac Island: We are up early this morning to begin our long day’s run to Mackinac Island. Just after daybreak, we pull out of Kemp Marina at Sault Saint Marie into the Saint Mary’s River for our trip downstream. We have the current with us and reach speeds up to 11 […]

Lake Superior 2010

Lake Superior is the largest, cleanest, and deepest of the Great Lakes. At 383 miles long and 160 miles wide at its greatest breadth, it has the largest surface area of any fresh water lake on earth. The lake is deep with an average depth of 487 feet and in places almost 1300 feet deep. […]

The North Channel Part Three: 2010

Boyle Cove to Little Current: From Boyle Cove, we have an easy hour run to Little Current. We have made this trip now several times and are very familiar with the waterway. We timed our departure to arrive at the Little Current swing bridge on the hour for its scheduled opening. We make a quick […]

The North Channel Part Two: 2010

Oak Bay to Little Current: After spending several days in our protected cove at Oak Bay, we are ready to continue our trip east. The winds have calmed down and we have a beautiful passage through the Whalesback Channel. From there we connect to the Wabuno Channel and are soon safely secure at the town […]