CRACK! BANG! Ted and I woke up early Sunday morning to the worse storm we have ever seen or heard. Now we live in south Georgia, and thunderstorms are the norm down there. It gets HOT, and we have storms all the time in the summer. But this one was a whole different ballgame. I have never seen lightning that bright, or heard thunder that loud. I thought that maybe it was because we were sitting right on top of this hill. A lady from Los Angeles staying at the Grand said it was the worse one she had ever seen or heard also. Later in the day, when we talked about it with several other people, they said, “Oh, that’s just your first Michigan thunderstorm. They’re all like that.” All righty then – I have now been warned!
By 8 a.m., the rain had ended, the air had warmed, and the fog had rolled in.
The plan for the day was to work on the GREAT YACHT MYSTERY. Ever since the Linda Lou pulled into the Arnold Dock, its occupants have been the source of great speculation. We have heard everything from Mel Gibson to Kid Rock. Both of those have currently been ruled out. I even heard today that it was Queen Elizabeth. She was supposed to be touring the Straits this summer, and so far has not shown up. I’m pretty sure it’s not the Queen.
So when the weather finally cleared after lunch, we went downtown to see what we could find out from the “locals” and to take some up close pictures of the yacht. We went in The Island Bookstore to say hi to Jill, and she joined us on our fact-finding mission. We questioned people on the street, hotel staff, and store workers. One worker, who had met a member of the yacht’s crew Saturday night, was told by him that it was being chartered by VIPs of a huge cosmetic company. We heard variations of that story several times this afternoon – specifically Loreal or Clinique. There are at least 11 crew members on the “boat”, and supposedly they will leave the island on Wednesday. Will we ever know who was really on board?
Here are the closeup pictures with captions:
The magnificent Linda Lou.
The stern of the Linda Lou - all four stories of it.
Another side view.
197 feet of pure luxury.
I have no idea what all this equipment on the top does, but I am sure it must be important.
The glass-enclosed spiral staircase that runs between decks.
The Linda Lou dinghy - for those fast trips to shore.
Automatic sliding doors that opened as we watched. A crew member emerged with a huge flower bouquet which she sat on a table on the third deck.
These bumpers are just a little bit larger than the ones on our pontoon boat at home in Georgia.
Ted and I standing in front of the Linda Lou. Gives you a good perspective of how really huge this yacht is.
So we left downtown no better informed really than we had been when we arrived. We totally missed The Wheelmen of Michigan, and I feel really bad about that. I was looking forward to watching them ride those antique bikes.
I’m going to start back up my “Day in the Life Of” series and see who I can interview before the week is over.
Hope you all had a great weekend. Our friends, Dawn and Stevie, got safely back to Georgia late Saturday afternoon. Thank you, Lord for safe travels.
See you tomorrow!
View from the Deck
Here's a new way to get up the hill with luggage - rollerblading!