Yep, Sunday was the day that revealed Tawas' magic! Jason, Anne & I loaded in at the crack of noon, just in time for the 13M winds... Annie crankin' upwind on her 10. With the exception of a little beach fraternizing and food breaks, we rode non-stop until just before sunset... me passing my 13 to Annie and Jimbo passing me his 17 for the last half hour or so... thx Jimbo! The Chi crew that were able to push weekday commitments off & extend the weekend one more day ended the evening @ G's Pizzeria for celebratory food, drink, entertaining stories and downright peerless camaraderie... thx for the great time, Amanda, Annie, Dexter
, Jimbo, Ryan, Stephen & Jason!! At the night's end, my crew & I dragged ourselves back to the cabin, returned a few important emails & slept like rocks!
The aforementioned Chi crew who were able to stick around for Monday, decamped/checked out, independently showed up at the same time and almost without word, lined up along the shoreline like a Walmart grand opening... Jimbo optimistically getting the 17M staged & ready. The setup for the day was certainly forecasted but with the additionally predicted scattered storms, we'd have to play the game. All of us gazing East over the lake, it was almost surreal sitting in such still air in the Land of Oz. After a small storm cloud passed behind us, watching a wind line come at us from the NE bringing maybe 4-5 kts, we knew it would be a matter of dedicating ourselves further to the game but ultimately decided, there will be other days. Each mini crew shook hands and parted ways... Jimbo 2nd guessing the decision to leave in the parking lot. Annie, Jason & I grabbed quick showers in the facility and, with the air still fairly still, decided to head SW.
A small-town ice cream stop and making our way across the state, about 45 mins N of Muskegon, we noticed tree movement. A quick check of wind readings decided us to have a closer look! Almost simultaneously, a text came in from Amanda passing on the news that the Tawas magic did indeed happen... Ryan, Jimbo.. did you get it?! With Amanda & Stephen coming up on MC, they scouted that scene. Meanwhile back up at Muskegon, things were looking promising for Annie, Jason & I. Without hesitation, Jason broke out what seemed our best tools for the job as I introduced myself to a couple Mac Kite locals who were just packing it in. With the local blessing granted we had 3 kites pumped up and big boards standing by. We rode Mother Muskegon alone as the sun came down, until we couldn't ride upwind any longer. 13M's and big Spleens got us about a half hour. A short ride indeed but something about those impromptu session that can still plaster about 3 days worth of smile! Not willing to let the goods times end, we headed to Grand Haven for that evening's celebration. Just in time to catch the musical fountain for a bit, we then headed up to Kirby's rooftop deck.... boys & girls, next time in Grand Haven, you DO NOT wanna miss the Wood Fired Oven menu!!
In the final leg of road trip, Mother Natured wowed & encompassed us with her electric light show from Holland to Benton Harbor before humbling us with 4-5 extreme cloud bursts between there & the So Side. 16 ounces of RockStar kept me focused. It's 4am, the sugar high is finally wearing off and it's home sweet home!
Thank you to the entire Chi crew who committed to the trek for the magnificent weekend... including Jim, Nik, G and the rest of our local crew who got some, then had to high-tail it back to the homestead by Sunday eve. And last but certainly not least, thx to the entire Tawas crew; MCK Mark and his crew, GLK Brian, Safety Rick and the rest of the local kiters who always seem to welcome us with open arms and roll out the tan, sandy carpet! We Chi crew truly appreciate your unselfish sharing of your magical lil' spot! Stephen, you was gettin' down passionately with the heavy duty camera gear Man! Can't wait to see some of the better memories you've forever documented!!
Time to cash in and dream about the next adventure....