My good friend and client in Bayfield, Bob Durfey, sent me a delightful email about fishing tugboats firing up their engines and making a first run to Grant's Point (on nearby Madeline Island) yesterday morning. Bob wrote,
"A follow up to yesterday...
We went to the dock and listened to all the banter. four fishing boats gave their all, three making it to Grant's Point on the southwest side of Madeline Island, one turning back halfway there. Ferry made its inaugural run at 11 am. We spent the day working in the yard, spreading black dirt, repairing some rotten wood on one of the raised garden beds, adding manure...and all the time listening to the roar of the diesels pounding through the ice on Lake Superior. Our thermometer read 51 degrees by mid-afternoon. This morning we found an inch of snow in the yard. A little snow in the air now and all the boats are at the docks.
Here are some pix to let you know the ice will be gone and there will be fresh fish in the market soon."
I'll be in Bayfield next week, and am looking forward to my first visit to Madeline Island in several weeks. The Madeline Island Ferry Line has resumed it's scheduled trips between Bayfield and La Pointe, Wisconsin. Life is good and, as my friend Bob wrote, "there will be fresh fish in the market soon".