|Early rainy morning over the Petoskey Marina|
|High winds and waves on the beam|
|Chart plotter view of Grand Traverse Bay|
Today this area, including the Leelanau Peninsula, is the largest producer of tart cherries in the U.S., and the annual one-week Cherry Festival, which attracts over 500,000 people each year, is currently in full swing. The surrounding land also produces wine grapes, making this one of the centers of wine production in the Midwest. There are numerous golf courses of repute here, and in the winter there are several ski areas that draw enthusiasts from across the state. In addition, nearby and along Lake Michigan lie the beautiful Sleeping Bear Dunes.
While Anne and I have been here by car, the chance to take a side-trip to see Traverse City by water was irresistible. Plus, as a bonus, it just so happens Anne's sister and her family will be in this area tomorrow as well. We found the only slip available in the area for tonight at the Elmwood Township Marina, about 2 miles north of downtown Traverse City. This marina is populated primarily with locally owned smaller fishing or sailing vessels, and I have yet to see another person on the docks. No loopers or docktails tonight!