Westward Home

Author: Ruth
SIMC

Strawberry Island Lighthouse/Men's Club, north of Manitoulin Island.

Stephen landed on the eastern upper peninsula of Michigan this afternoon and is camping on a peninsula at Detour State Park.  The stretch from Tobermory, traversing the east and north shores of Manitoulin Island, then the south shore of Drummond Island, has been the most remote and beautiful part of the trip yet. On Cockburn Island, before crossing east to Drummond Island and the U.S. on September 10th, he met the caretaker, (the only year round resident), whose hospitality included lodging, beer and a tour of the ghost ridden island. I joined him for a quick and lovely visit on Drummond Island where we had an interesting encounter with Homeland Security.

Border Inspection

U.S. Customs

Stephen is hoping to paddle the Straits of Mackinac on Saturday, September 19. I know there are a few of you who want to accompany him on the home stretch. When he reaches the south end of the Mackinac Bridge, that will complete his circumnavigation of Lake Huron! For those of you who would like to welcome Stephen home, I can be reached at 231.633.3356 for updates as the week unfolds.

2 Responses to “Westward Home”

  1. sarah Says:

    Scrawny Man – Are you home??? I hope you had a fabulous trip and can’t wait to hear all about it. The pictures are amazing and I would love copies –
    Way to go Man. What an adventure.
    I love you. Sarah

  2. Tamara Stevens Says:

    How totally adventurous of you! The part of your last trip that you missed is the only part that I’ve done — the North Channel and Georgian Bay. It was gorgeous! Rob took me there for a two week kayak/camping trip in 2005. Loved it! I could that for a living, if anyone would pay me to do it. I hope you have fun, and if you can tell me when you are departing, I’d like to be there to send you off with your other friends. My email address is: tamarocka@sbcglobal.net. Best of luck to you.

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