We got the rental house cleaned out and hit the road last Tuesday. We had several stops along the way to visit family and arrived in Bayfield Saturday. Our first view of Lake Superior at Duluth gave us both butterflies. Noodin had already arrived and was waiting for us at the Apostle Islands Marina in Bayfield. It’s a very protected Marina right in town and should be conveniently located. We got some work done today and will move aboard (on the hard) tomorrow. Hopefully we’ll launch in a week or so and can begin exploring by water.
Thanks to a great truck driver and some friends, Noodin set off towards Bayfield this afternoon. All went well in spite of some impatient folks with a crane. We have a house to empty and then we’ll follow along next week. See you in Bayfield Noodin!
Sorry the posts have been so far between. I’m shooting for once a week but not making it. There honestly hasn’t been too much of interest to report. We have a truck coming the morning of May 12th to pick up Noodin for the trip to Bayfield. We’ll follow along as soon as we can after finishing the details here with the house that we’re renting. A good portion of the last week has been spent organizing what we’re bringing along and moving it aboard. We had a productive trip to Lowes to buy plastic storage containers with locking lids. We bought every size they have and then set about figuring out how things could be stored. Fortunately, we’ll be able to return some of the containers and recoup a little money for the kitty.
Shopping at Lowes
We love Noodin but have always been concerned about getting everything aboard. She’s got many wonderful attributes but but an abundance of dedicated storage space isn’t one of them. As we loaded things aboard we went from thinking that the worry had been for nothing to thinking that it wasn’t all going to fit. In the end, it did all fit but there is no room to spare.
A Snippet of the Chaos
A Neatly Loaded Rode Locker
We also made a little more progress on getting the house cleaned out. We’ve got a couple of rooms empty and have been able to give away an old freezer and refrigerator so we don’t have to deal with that. We’ve been burning cardboard and whatever else we can to lighten the inevitable dump run.
An Old Dresser Bites the Dust
This week we’ll be getting Noodin ready for transport. All of her outside removable parts will be removed and put inside the boat in preparation for the 1,300 mile road trip to Bayfield, WI. Pictures to follow…..