Mordor? Nah, it’s just Hammond

maria | September 1, 2013 | COMMENTS:2 Comments »
This could very well be the armpit of America

This could very well be the armpit of America

Beginning Location: Michigan City, IN
End Location: Hammond, IN
Miles Traveled: 32
Weather: North swell, hitting from the side all day
Stayed at: Hammond Marina ($70 for 3 nights)

On Sunday morning, the first day of September, we started our last run in Lake Michigan. We are both quite happy to be done with this portion of the trip. Lake Michigan has been pretty wild this summer, and it seems like we made it to the rivers just in time!

The trip from Michigan City to Hammond essentially cuts the corner of the bathtub that is the south end of the lake. It may also be the ugliest place I’ve ever been. What we could see of the shoreline is industrial wasteland. Fortunately it was really hazy, so we couldn’t see much. Unfortunately the black flies got one more shot at us!

We are in Hammond until Wednesday, August 4 when we have our mast taken down. In order to get to the Illinois River, we have to go under some low bridges that don’t open, so all sailboaters have to remove their masts. Luckily, we are able to ship our mast with 5 others all the way to Mobile, Alabama for a very reasonable rate. This saves us from having to carry the mast on our deck where we surely would be whacking our heads and possibly running it into things! The mast is longer than our boat, so it would make navigating in close quarters a real problem.

We were hoping to get a lot of work and blogging done while we are here, but the wifi situation is terrible. I can only write this now because the marina is pretty much empty. Over the weekend the network was completely overloaded and unusable. This is the first time on the trip where internet access has been a real issue, and it unfortunately caused us some job related issues. This would not be a big deal if you could just grab the computer and walk to McDonald’s or a library, but you’re kind of stuck at the marina here. For all the working Loopers who may read this, be aware that Verizon doesn’t really work in this marina and wifi is a major issue on weekends.

Now it’s time to clean the boat (which is still covered in dead black flies and our own blood!) and take care of a few other items before we start the next part of this adventure.

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2 Responses

  1. Tom & V Bridges says:

    We love your commentary of the trip and wish we had been up there at least once. You haven’t received any interesting mail but we keep looking. Your house is patiently waiting to become your home.
    When you get to the Tennessee River and Kentucky Lake you MUST start anchoring out overnight in deserted anchorages and really enjoying the cruise. The beauty of sunrise in a deserted anchorage will make you both melt. Nothing wrong with the sundown cocktail in the cockpit either. The Corps of Engineers Parks & Marinas are not to be missed; cheap fuel, cheap slip rent, cheap and good food and they are usually in good condition. The only thing better is anchoring out and seeing a deer or a bear come down to the water at sunrise or sunset.
    Good luck and happy cruising.

    • maria says:

      We are definitely moving fast right now. There isn’t a lot in terms of anchorages and natural beauty on the Illinois. Also, our deep draft is working against us here. Many of the marinas can’t fit us and even more of the few anchorages don’t work. This is a tough stretch, but we know it will get better.