Touring the Frankfort Area

Yesterday we took a ride on our tandem bicycle to Crystal Lake.   The Betsie Valley trail is a nice trail that starts here in Frankfort and continues past Crystal Lake to Beulah. The trail is paved with smaller hills.

Betsie Valley Trail


Snake grass along the trail Snake Grass



We stopped at Crystal Lake for a refreshing swim. Crystal Lake is an amazing deep blue color and very clear as the name suggests. It is over 170’ deep in places.


S and T Crystal Lake Crystal Lake 2

Crystal Lake





Another sunset……

Sunset Frankfort 2




Due to high winds and bigger waves than the admiral finds acceptable, we stayed in port today.   This gave us the opportunity to take pictures of the waves breaking over the pier and later jump the waves refreshing our bodies from the heat.


Frankfort Lighthouse with wave 2 Frankfort Lighthouse with big wave Coast Guard Boat Fankfort Coast Guard Boat Fankfort 2 Waves at FrankfortBeach

After having fun jumping the waves, we treated ourselves to dinner out at the “Fusion Restaurant” on their deck overlooking the marina. They offer a mix of Asian and Chinese foods.

Teresa had Pad Thai and I had General Tso Chicken; both very tasty.

S and T at the Fusion Restaurant




Sunset at Jacobsons Marina Resort

Jacobsons Sanctuary

Sanctuary night lites.


Sunset at Frankfort

One more day at Frankfort, still beautiful…

Today, we’re staying in Frankfort due to rain and possible storms predicted.   So far, we’re only seeing light rain. We walked to the beach last night and witnessed yet another beautiful sunset, followed by a mandatory visit to the ice cream shop. Never seem to tire of an awesome sunset and the conclusion of a beautiful day.

Sunset at Frankfort 2 Frankfort Light at Sunset

The ice cream shop sits right behind our boat within plain sight from our fly bridge. This gives Jacobson’s Marina Resort an extra good rating.  We did find a Petoskey stone so the admiral is very happy, and it is very unique.

ice cream petoskey stone

Tomorrow, plans are: continue north to South Manitou Island. SMI is approximately 25 miles from our current location. Potentially spending a couple days on the Island in their picturesque and protected anchorage in the bay. It’s been several years since we’ve stepped foot on the Island or moored in the bay. Note: South Manitou is Steve’s favorite spot! Teresa prefers something in between South Manitou and Mackinaw Island. Beaver Island fits that description for her. BI might be on the itinerary for later in our cruise. Time will tell.

Sanctuary in Frankfort

Continuing north to Frankfort MI

We left Pentwater headed north and chose Frankfort as our next stop.


Teresa office


Teresa’s office along the way.





Big Sable Light House

Big Sable 2 Big Sable Frankfort Light HouseFrankfort Light House



The bay in Lake Betsie at Frankfort was our first night anchorage.

Sunset at anchor in Frankfort Sunset at anchor in Frankfort 2



In the morning after breakfast, we motored into Jacobson’s Marina Resort where they helped us tie up along the peninsula of their marina. Our spot is slightly out of the way from foot traffic on the regular piers.

After exploring town, we cooled off with a refreshing dinghy ride to the beach on Lake Michigan.  We enjoyed swimming in the big lake. Teresa searched for rocks and Petoskey stones.  She only found pretty rocks so far … but the hunt isn’t over! Steve spied two ice cream shops … I’m guessing he might re-visit that shop later in the day.


Dinghy at the beach




Underwater Rocks



Underwater rocks


Underwater rocks


Still searching for the perfect Petoskey Stone



For those of you who know Steve and his sweet tooth for ice cream, that prediction is highly likely. Michigan Rag Company captured a few bills from us: a new grand-nephew is due around Thanksgiving and his big brother’s birthday is this week (which we missed his birthday celebration). Teresa even passed up the bookstore. For now anyway.

The water up here is crystal clear and finally warmed up. The beach was quite crowded. Even though it was hot in town, the beach proved pristine and beautiful. And a welcome relief from the land heated temperatures.



Sanctuary Docked in Frankfort

Summer Cruise on Sanctuary 2015

Summer Cruise on Sanctuary 2015

Steve and Teresa on Sanctuary leaving Msk

On the move again: Sanctuary’s headed north on Lake Michigan for our Summer Cruise.  We left Muskegon on July 26, 2015.  First day stop: Pentwater to visit friends who are camping there. Our friend’s daughter and family also have a charming cottage in town just a hop, skip and a jump from town.  We were treated to a tour of their cottage and English flower gardens, a truly “happy place.”

Snug Harbor Marina accommodated Sanctuary for the evening. As usual, we enjoyed our stay there.   Jack (37 years as the owner) and staff know their business and help in any way possible to make a boater’s stay enjoyable. Facilities all up-to-date and clean. Snug Harbor’s located at the end of town. `

Our visit with Earl and Sharry included cheese and crackers aboard Sanctuary, a tour of town, and dinner at Gulls Landing outside deck.




Calm Seas on Lake Michigan

calm seas little Sable Silver Lake Panorama

Silver Lake Sand Dunes and Little Sable Light House




pentwater channel marker sanctuary at pentwater dock leaving pentwaterLeaving Pentwater continuing north……..