The weather forecast for today was about 70% chance for rain and/or thunder showers with a high temperature of about 60 so we made the decision late last evening to take today off. It turned out to have been a very good decision since Terry and I both slept about 11 hours. I guess that the busy time loading the boat and then travelling 2 days in the cold finally caught up to both of us.
After a very late breakfast, Terry and Ann set of in the car for some grocery shopping and a visit for Ann to the museum at the Remington Arms Factory just about a quarter of a (crow) mile from Lucky Us. We get a good view of several of the (old) multi-story factory building from the salon on Lucky Us. We had visited the museum during our stop here on our first Great Loop in the Summer of 2014. The photo at the right shows the sign for the museum that was prominently displayed in the marina (also conveniently about 50 feet from Lucky Us).
The photo at the left shows one of the informative displays. This one explains the use of “gauge guns” during the early part of the 20th Century. The gauge gun is a perfect example of this model of gun, and it was used as a benchmark to test the correctness of individual parts produced on the assembly line to assure quality. The advent of computers has since made the gauge gun obsolete. Of course, it is a gun museum so they also have thousands of guns just sort of sitting there…In the middle of the night Terry heard a scratching and bumping noise outside the hull. When she went outside she discovered this large log wedged between the boat and the dock wall. She managed to get a rope around it and pull it down the dock and tie it off. Nice work! And oh, by the way, thanks for not waking me up to “help”… When we leave tomorrow, we are leaving the tree and our rope here with the marina to worry about (photo at right). However, since we are heading downstream, we will not have to deal with the log again if in fact the marina just cuts it loose after we leave.
One important kitchen item that did not work when we got back to the boat after the winter was the single burner, induction cooktop. Terry ordered a new one from Amazon to be shipped to Winter Harbor Marina, but it did not arrive before we left. It did arrive yesterday so we spent the afternoon driving some 80 (road) miles back to pick up the burner. We did a stop at Home Depot and Bed, Bath and Beyond as well. Timing was also perfect for an early dinner at a waterfront restaurant near Winter Harbor. We had eaten Walleye there last week, and we noticed a sign for fresh perch so… If you are new here on this blog or may have forgotten, I really like Perch! It is a small but tasty fish in the Great Lakes. After dinner, we had a nice drive back to Ilion with only scattered rain on the trip.
The forecast for tomorrow is for a high in the 70s with only scattered clouds. We plan to leave the dock about 8:30 am. Sadly, Terry will depart tomorrow for the long drive back to Texas.