After my adventures in Florida were over, I headed back up to Michigan to spend time with family and work on some new projects. I made it up to Grayling in time for the 2011 Ausable River Canoe Marathon. The canoe marathon is a true summer tradition for the area, and it is an incredible athletic feat. The paddlers begin the race at 9:00pm and the winning team usually finishes sometime around 10:30am the next morning. And that is just the winning team. Many spectators stay up all night following the race. I had just finished driving up from Florida, so I opted to sleep and wake up early the next morning to take these pictures around 8:00am.