If you happened to follow any of the stories I did for speedonthewater.com or any of my social media posts from last weekend’s Rock The Coast fun run in Grand Haven, Mich., you know I had a good time participating in my first West Michigan Offshore event. I’ve covered the nonprofit organization’s events and philanthropic efforts many times with assistance from photographer Pete Boden and the WMO board members—heck I even wrote a Welcome West Michigan Offshore column on April Fool’s Day in 2015—but it was much cooler being there to meet everyone and witness it all firsthand.
The group did an excellent job organizing the runs on Friday and Saturday, the town of Grand Haven and the surrounding communities were super welcoming and enjoyable to visit, and the participants were especially friendly and helpful.
And, as a special treat, Mother Nature provided a nice enough window of weather late in the day Friday and early Saturday, while whipping up a sizable batch of Lake Michigan’s finest three- to four-footers (with an occasional eight-footer if you ask some people) for Saturday’s run to Holland and back. Unfortunately an angry—at least it seemed that way to this Californian—late-afternoon thunderstorm cut the raft-up short on Pigeon Lake in Port Sheldon.