We’ve made a serious stab at cruising through the more northern parts of the Netherlands. After Groningen, we made our way along the Rietdiep to Zoutkamp, where we stayed in a very secluded marina mooring. Zoutkamp was the first evidence of a connection to the North Sea and fishing. We then made our way across the Lauwersmeer (a large lake) to Lauwersoog, the port connection to the Waddenzee. A quick lunch and then back across the lake to a small cove on an island where we were fortunate to moor before the wildest thunderstorm I’ve experienced in a long time arrived. We were snug and safe, but found where water can enter if blown hard enough.