Phil had recruitment events scheduled from Thursday-Saturday, but the Thursday flight was 4am so he needed to get off today. Good thing he caught the noon boat! It ended up the last trip of the day! (I guess they encountered 8-10 foot waves on the way over.) Departure was pushed back to 12:30, to give commuting contractors a chance to get off the island. The wind was so strong, I can't imagine it was practical to work outside anyhow! Some were concerned the Mackinac Bridge could close and they still might not be able to get home. (It did not close, but had wind escort for high profile vehicles.)
The first challenge was getting out of the ice in the harbor!
Phil reported it was crazy as they turned out of the harbor! But after that, things smoothed out and they went with the waves more.
Arriving safe & sound!
The Mighty Huron at the St. Ignace Docks:
By tonight, Phil's 4am flight was cancelled. It was decided they can still interview over Skype. He'll be returning tomorrow morning (instead of Sunday). For me, that's a happy ending to this crazy, Leap Day ferry tale!