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Published: August 1st 2018
Day 4 camping, day 2 in Leelanau. Today was great. We lazed around this morning. Took showers. My first since Saturday. Ewww. Nice showers here. No makeup this week. Love that so long as there is no mirrors. Paul made s’more pancakes with Hersey chunks and graham crackers. Oh, and we had a large mixing bowl that I didn’t remember packing until they were done eating when I asked where the dog water bowl was. Barf. Puke. Literlly, Hershey in it. We are also out of dish soap so the extent of the disinfecting was what was left in the washing wand. Glad I’m glutin free.
We rode our bikes up to the lodge to look into some water activities. The boys played a little shuffle board. Elizabeth and I played a little tennis. We also sat on the porch with the only WiFi and took some Snapchat selfies. We decided to rent a pontoon this afternoon from 3 to 9. This would be the first time Paul has ever driven boat and all you need is a drivers licence. We checked out the boat and a really nice guy who works here gave us the run through. He told
us to go to the South end of Lake Leelanau for burgers at the Tiki Bar and swim the sand bars along the way. Then, head North to Leland to the fishing wharf. I remember that as a kid. My family lives in Traverse so I spend many a summer up here. So, we packed up snacks and drinks, the dogs (their first dock walk and boat ride) and loaded up the boat. They let us take it early since no one rented it in the morning. The dogs had no idea what the dock were. Mango would look to one side, see the water, get startled and turn to get away only to find water on the other side. It was his WTF moment. We got them on the boat and surrounded them on all four side with water. WTFFFFF! They settled after while. Hershey seemed fine.
This is a huge lake length-wise. It took us 45 minutes to the Tiki bar though this boat does not go fast. It was a beautiful day on top of it. 80s and sunny. We docked at the Tiki and ordered burgers and fries delivered to the boat. Elizabeth (our bright
child or so we thought) and Paul had a funny exchange while ordering burgers. E: Dad, what kind of burger did your order me? P: ham. E: (confused and dIscusted look) Ham? What is a hamburger? P: (Sits there with a big smile.) All hope dashed for any bright children. Haha
When we were done, we head back north to the sandbars. The wind picked up a bit, just enough to make it difficult to anchor to the sandbar. We kept drifting and the anchor couldn’t hold my attention for five minutes. It might as well have been tinfoil. So off went.
We needed to head north through LL to a no wake channel to upper LL to a small no wake channel to Leland. It was a nice ride. It took us about an hour and twenty. Leland was what I remembered. A cute fishing village. It was about 6 when we got there so it was quiet and some stores were stil open like Dam Candy. The kids got candy. It smelled so good in there. We explored a little and grabbed some smoked white fish and beef jerky at Carson’s fish. Delish. We ate it
on the boat as we headed back. Along the way, we stopped to fish a little. No luck though. It was a calm and peaceful ride back. We had pulled pork cooking in the crockpot all day so we had that and sweet potatoes for dinner by the fire around 9 pm.
I was a great day.We leave for Muskegon tomorrow.
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