We made our first major Left turn into lake Michigan on a beautiful calm day Thursday August 1st and made way to Beaver Island. The loop is a counter clockwise route made up of many left turns with multiple side trips. Our next major left turn will be into Chicago and down the Illinois river around September, 1st, and then into the Gulf of Mexico by November 1st.
Baroque on Beaver Island, a Classical Music Festival, is a week long event performed by professional musicians and singers. It was very well put together with difficult music. Val's Violin Coach Marla and her friends do this every year and it is worth coming to.
The laid back atmosphere of this island is relaxing and rush hour traffic is, well there is no rush hour traffic. The businesses were very busy and it is a good thing for a seasonal community that has 5,000 residents in the summer and 500 in the winter.
There is a lot of cool history here on Beaver Island, including the fact that this was an independent country at one time with a Mormon King.
Many boaters use this island as stop over between Wisconsin and Michigan. We met platinum loopers from the "Gypsy" which means they completed the loop twice. This is a stop definitely worth coming back to Beaver Island.