The morning was still dark as we stealthily backed out of our slip into the Straits of Mackinaw. We needed to get under the bridge and go south towards Petosky before 6:30 am, when the bridge would close for a pedestrian walk.
A sea of flashing blue lights emerged from the dark behind and all around us. A loudhailer spouted, where are your stern lights? Oh! They are not on? Put on the radar I can’t see anything!
We are getting closer to the bridge but not fast enough. Blue lights are directly on our stern. A shout from the VHF radio, Dream Seeker, pick up the pace, you must be 600 feet from the bridge before 6:30. It didn’t take lights for them to know to who we are. Denny pushed the engines to their limit.
Arrived in Petosky in time to walk through a park into town and to the only store open on Labor Day, the grocery store. Docked in the State Marina. The State Marinas are now all in compliance with the national electrical codes. Unfortunately we started popping breakers again and had to use our generator for power during our two-day stay. Although, they are in beautiful condition, have excellent facilities and until we get our boat in compliance we will no longer stay in Michigan State Marinas.