I know it. It’s a corny title but, it’s all I got.
A few weekends ago we went up to St. Igance in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan to watch the big Pond Hockey tournament.
It was a not held on Moran Bay like it normally is but was on an inland lake called Chain Lake, due to the lack of good hard, safe ice on the bay.
Even Chain Lake had issues on the far side. I think this was due to moving water in this area.
We wished we’d been up there on Friday to watch “our” team, sponsored by The Bear Cove Inn, play an afternoon game and then an indoor conventional game that night against the Red Wings alumni team. A game in which they tied the Red Wings! Ya, there’s some bragging rights there.
Our plans were to be there for their one game Saturday and the Championship game on Sunday.
With our plan firmly in place, what we watched Saturday was just them skating around and playing against themselves because the other team forfeited. Um…rumor had it it was because too much adult beverage was consumed the night before preventing said team from showing up.
Hmmm…I suppose it’s possible they were just intimidated?
All was not lost because beyond the pond hockey activities there were Ice ‘surfer’s’ from different countries practicing for the following weekends’ World, yes WORLD, Ice & Snow Sailing Championships.
They had just the right amount of wind…or so it looked to me!
I love when people cooperate and smile! Too cool.
We figure the speeds they were going were probably around 40mph…maybe faster.
I would so love to try this! Doesn’t it look like a blast?!
Sunday we woke to a glorious morning with the sun coming up over The Straights of Mackinaw (Mackinaw Island in the distance). Truly, a grand day for a Championship game to decide the winner of the Pond Hockey games!
And, really, what would outdoor hockey be without a St. Bernard?
So, this was Sunday and our team had only the Championship game to play.
The other team, who’s name I can’t remember, showed up and they wanted it almost as bad as our team did.
Bear Cove really dominated towards the end and won the “21 and Over Division”!
Have you ever seen a cooler trophy in your life?!
These guys were, once again, such fun to watch and they really do rock.
Good job guys!
*Pictured upper middle: The owner of The Bear Cove Inn of St. Ignace.