Tuesday Night Boat Ride

Tonight Joe and I went on a boat ride with his boss, boss’s daughter and a client who was in town for a couple of days.  This was only the second time that I have been out on a boat on the Portage even though I have lived here for about 10 years now!

We went out to the Portage’s North entry first and happened to catch the Keweenaw Star coming in.  The Star used to permanently dock in Houghton and gave regular tours around the area but then a couple of years ago they changed their headquarters to downstate so we were all surprised to see her back again. We aren’t sure if it is permanent or just an occasional cruise or two.  The first time I went on the Portage was on that boat, with Joe, on one of her last cruises before she left.

It was a beautiful evening for a ride, and we got to go under the bridge twice.

Here is the old Quincy Smelter from the water side.  They are giving tours this weekend and I am tempted to go to one!

After going up to the north entry we drove to a spot called Dreamland for supper.  The restaurant has it’s own dock for boaters to park and right nearby there was this huge tree with three beautiful eagles just sitting there for us to look at! Can you see them all? There are two adults with their white heads one right in front of the nest and the other a couple branches down, and then a youngster just to the right of the nest.  How neat to see that! Joe and I saw a bald Eagle the last time we were out on the canal too… such nice birds!

After supper we headed back out on the boat and took a drive to the south entry.  The north entry was as smooth as glass and foggy while the south entry was choppier and windier and I wasn’t nearly as thrilled to go out into Lake Superior! Thankfully we were only out there for a little bit before we came back into the calmer Portage waters 🙂 I don’t think I am adventurous enough for the big lake! By that point  it was getting pretty chilly and starting to get close to dusk so we headed back to Hancock, where Joe’s boss and his daughter dropped us and their client off by our cars before they headed back to Chassell themselves.  The whole night was really fun and it was such a special treat for a random Tuesday since I just happened to be off from work and could go with them!


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