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Author Archives: john-and-ria

From Ice Pellets to Palm Trees

After about a five month break, on February 27th we arrived back in Grand Rivers, Kentucky for the third leg of our Great Loop excursion. We had planned an early departure this year to ensure we had enough time for a comfortable cruise from Kentucky to Florida, and to join the PDQ flotilla leaving from … Continue reading »

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Rollin’ Down the Rivers

Chicago to Grand Rivers, Kentucky With relatively narrow waterways, heavy commercial traffic, often restricted vistas, and a more industrial feel, cruising the inland rivers of the U.S. has been an interesting experience. This was particularly true for the 218 mile section we traveled on the Mississippi River. Highly influenced by human intervention through dams, locks and … Continue reading »

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Sweet Home Chicago…..

We have visited a number of great American cities during our trip – e.g. Savannah, Charleston, Washington, New York – and have to say that Chicago has turned out to be one of our favourites. No doubt the great summer conditions helped, but we found it lively, outdoorsy (much like Vancouver due to its excellent … Continue reading »

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A Visit to Mackinac Island and Cruising Lake Michigan to Chicago

From Sault Sainte Marie we travelled down the main shipping channel of the Saint Mary’s River to return to Lake Huron near its western end, a distance of about 50 miles. It was then a turn to the west, and roughly another 50 miles to Mackinac (pronounced mac-in-aw) Island, which is located in the Straits … Continue reading »

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Lake Huron, Part II – North Channel (Killarney to Sault Sainte Marie)

The next section of our cruise, called the North Channel, is considered by many to be the best cruising region in the Great Lakes (for a map of this area, go to With great scenery, many islands, excellent anchorages, and generally more protected waters than the eastern sections of Georgian Bay, it certainly has … Continue reading »

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