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A Summer Sailing Adventure


Sailing Lake Michigan  |  The Fresh Exchange

This summer we vowed to take more trips to enjoy the water as much as possible. Thus, we decided to take a day trip with our friend Jonathan Grant. We left our computers and phones on the shore and disappeared, heading toward the horizon on Lake Michigan where the wind would take us on a dawn to dusk adventure.

I don’t know if you have ever felt the rush of keeling or heard the sound of the wind filling the sails, but I hope in some way this post will help you relive that moment or allow for the moment of discovery. 

Sailing Lake Michigan  |  The Fresh Exchange

Sailing Lake Michigan | The Fresh Exchange

Sailing Lake Michigan  |  The Fresh Exchange

For this trip we headed north out of Suttons Bay, where our boat is docked and decided to simply go wherever the winds would take us. A day of sailing usually means a moment to slip away, connect with the wind and water, and more importantly leave behind all the stress of the day to day. 

Sailing Lake Michigan  |  The Fresh Exchange

Sailing Lake Michigan  |  The Fresh Exchange

I have many memories of spending chilly, misty days out on the boat as a kid. It sounds miserable – and it is a little bit – but even those moments are wonderful and beautiful in their own way. Nonetheless, I would always prefer a warm, sunny day with a light, cool breeze. Today was just that: a warm day with the perfect breeze to cruise with the wind in the sails. 

Sailing Lake Michigan  |  The Fresh Exchange

Sailing Lake Michigan  |  The Fresh Exchange

At one point the winds hit a lull, and we decided it was the perfect time to dive in and test the water. So, as the sails went into irons (This means that they were not filled with the wind), we prepped for our swim. According to the depth meter, the water was nearly 350 feet deep. The water’s temperature was a chilly 55 degrees, and I was apprehensive about the initial dive; however, the heat from the summer sun made the water’s chill seem pleasant. 

Sailing Lake Michigan  |  The Fresh Exchange


Every year I dream of the first leap into the open water of Lake Michigan. It rushes over you with crispness and clarity. Within seconds after diving in, I felt refreshed and rejuvenated. For so long I lacked confidence to take the leap. When I had finally let go of all that held me back, I felt a freedom that I had never known before. The movement of the water and its weightless rush reminded me that the water doesn’t live with constraints.

Sailing Lake Michigan  |  The Fresh Exchange

Sailing Lake Michigan  |  The Fresh Exchange

Sailing Lake Michigan  |  The Fresh Exchange

After some swimming, we decided it was time for lunch. We brought a cooler full of sandwiches that we picked up from our favorite sandwich shop, Mary’s Kitchen Port in Traverse City. 

For the rest of the afternoon, we sailed along the shore of the peninsula as we meandered back to Suttons Bay. It was the perfect day without a cloud in the sky, and it couldn’t have been a better way to begin a great summer weekend full of life and adventure.

Sailing Lake Michigan  |  The Fresh Exchange

Summer for us has always been about embracing the outdoors and living as much in the present as possible. It’s important for us to get away from our phones and computers and allow what lies beyond the doors of the office to inspire our creative process. It’s hard to find that balance of moving forward in your career and making dreams come true, but I realize every time I get on the boat that the real successes in life happen when they will. It’s as important to push hard as much as it is to let things come naturally.

Sailing Lake Michigan  |  The Fresh Exchange

Sailing Lake Michigan  |  The Fresh Exchange

While watching the sun slowly glide behind the hills of the peninsula, I was reminded that days spent removed from it all are incredibly vital to living a creative life. Taking the time to explore and to do it with people who inspire you, challenge you and dive head first into the lake without a second thought are the ones with whom you should share life.

Sailing Lake Michigan | The Fresh Exchange

So, I hope you find time this summer to continue to soak up life in its fullest moments. I hope you find the patience with your goals to let them arrive when they should and to embrace time away from it all in order to come back with a clear head and honest perspective.


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  1. I can almost feel the water through these photographs. Simply beautiful! I haven’t been sailing in a long time, but I’ve always spent my summers boating, and those moments are some of my favorite summertime memories.

  2. What a fun and fabulous outing! I have yet to go sailing (literally have never gone) but I am SO looking forward to heading out on the water with someone I love. On the to-do list 🙂

  3. As usual, a beautiful post! I have spent most of my summers on a sailboat and there is something rejuvenating about the experience. You can’t help but marvel at the vast ocean, listen to the sound of the boat moving through the water and just feel at peace. I always felt that sailing gave me perspective and made me take a step back from my life for a few hours.

  4. Loved that video! How fun.

  5. Wow! Gorgeous post! I’ve never been on a sailboat but it looks amazing.

  6. Great video. I sound like a broken record, but your Northern Michigan posts make me soooooo home-sick for Michigan summers 🙂

  7. That video definitely took me away from the work day for a moment. I especially love the underwater shots – what did you guys use to get those?

  8. I love everything about this post. And that photo of you and Mike lying down is ADORABLE

  9. Oh my! I love the video and all of these gorgeous photos! Marc often brings up that he wants to own a sailboat. Wait until I show him this post. We’ve decided to head to TC for vacation this year at the end of August and now I really can’t wait. I’ve been studying your guide and appreciate all of the great tips.

  10. These photos are so dreamy, sailing the lake must be an incredible experience!

    I love seeing all your adventures 🙂

    Memoirs of a Pilgrim

  11. gorgeous — what a fun day on the water!

  12. love your basic tank! where is it from ? 🙂 xx

  13. It is from the Skargorn collection at Madewell. It was on sale when I bought it…It still could be 🙂

  14. Was just in Michigan – the most beautiful waters to sail on, in my opinion! Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  15. I just love the small video you’ve made. Looks like such a lovely day and so much fun. I normally ain’t the type to comment posts, but I want to use this comment to tell you that I absolutely adore your site and the style of your pictures! You’re great.

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