Santuary Gold Flag with S and T

Sanctuary is Back at her home port – Our loop completed

What an awesome surprise awaited us as Sanctuary was happily greeted along the channel in Muskegon by marina friends and family.   A group of looper boats followed us into the channel  and back to our home marina to help celebrate our completion of the Great Loop and return home.  We had a wonderful time sharing our home port with our Looper friends who had not visited Muskegon or Michigan before. Feeling filled to the brim with a sense of overwhelming love and outpouring of shared joy over crossing our wake as we return home. A great ending to a great adventure!  It is sad to see our fellow Loopers leave to continue their own great adventure. We wish them blessings and travel mercies as they travel closer to crossing their wakes too.

 

Loopers lined up on Muskegon Lake

 

 

Sanctuary Returns to Muskegon

 


OUR FLAG

We left one year ago with a crisp, new white AGLCA flag on the bow of Sanctuary. Now that same flag looks faded, soiled, tattered and worn, but that is to be expected after a year of sun, rain, wind, and storms.  Our flag has led us over 5778 miles of water ways, 16 states and two countries.   It has stood guard on the bow of Sanctuary day and night and never asked for a break.   The flag has protected us in calm anchorages and others that were rough, but it never went off duty.  One night during strong winds, it was almost swept off the deck when one of its tethers broke loose. Yet, our flag survived by clinging to the remaining attachment.  A little rest indoors out of the sun and elements will be in order when the new gold flag takes its place.

In every port and anchorage, our AGLCA flag announced:

“Loopers are Here!”

 The flag helped the crew of Sanctuary meet many wonderful people.  We think those announcements were one of our flag’s most important jobs—leading us to priceless friendships and memories, and a collection of over 210 boat cards.  We are blessed and extremely thankful to have shared Loop sights, sounds, and memories with family, longtime friends and new friends.  Each of you contributed in your own way, including those back at home who encouraged, prayed, read and commented on our posts.  All y’all helped make our adventure a most remarkable journey. We give credit to God for bringing us through from beginning to end.

This same flag escorted us to sunny shores, through severe down pours, warm and humid temperatures, but never icy or snowy.  Our flag has been part of many sunrise and sunset photos along the way.   It has shown us remote mangroves, deserted shores, crowded waterways and tall sky scrapers. A few of the trip highlights it led us to: Boot Key Harbor, Baie Fine, dolphin escorts, Egmont Key, manatee sightings, rainbows, the Statue of Liberty, Today Show appearance, Washington DC, and numerous parades and celebrations.

When we return to Muskegon Michigan, our Great Loop adventure will be complete.  When someone completes the loop, they graduate and are entitled to a Gold Flag and are now identified as a Gold Looper. Some might say to throw out that old tattered and torn flag. Not so—we plan to place our precious flag in a proper display, honoring it for leading us around the loop safely.

So now when you see Sanctuary with her shiny, crisp new Gold Flag, remember the Gold Flag receives the honor for completion, but the faded, soiled, tattered and worn flag braved the entire loop with us.

To our flag we say;

Thank you for this Great Adventure!


Lake Michigan – Heading South and Home

Back in our home territory and ports we have visited many times, but this time we are travelling with Southern Cross who has never been to this area.  It is interesting to see and hear their reactions to the sights of the lake that we have grown accustomed to.   For example, all the sand on the beach at Leland, “Did they haul this in to make this beach?”

While on Beaver Island, we docked with 5 other looper boats; one we had not met before. All six were lined up along the docks proudly displaying their Great Loop flag.

Looper boats in a row on Beaver Island

 

 

Beaver Island Dalwhinne breakfast

 

Beaver Island, Fish Town, Point Betsie, the light houses, the color/clearness of the water and much more–things we take for granted, but re-appreciated when viewed through the eyes of someone who has not seen them before. Thank you, Southern Cross! When you visit Beaver Island, you must visit Dalwhinnie’s Bakery & Deli. On the way out of the harbor, we paused long enough to enjoy a delightful breakfast there. Love walking the town of Leland (Fish Town) taking in the dam, buying fresh fish and whitefish pate from Carlson Fisheries fresh off the fishing boats, shopping and walking. Sunsets are spectacular from the marina.

 

Leland – Fish Town

 

 

Sleeping Bear Dunes

 

 

We took some extra time and steered our boats nearer the shoreline to witness and share with our Oklahoma friends aboard Southern Cross the vastness of Sleeping Bear Dunes. From there we could see people going up and down the 450’ high face of the dune.   Again, witnessing this beauty through new eyes doubled our pleasure as well. When we arrived in Frankfort, we thought it might be a few days before we could continue traveling south based on the weather report.  This time the weather report was right, big wind and waves, so we get to hang out in one of our favorite marinas (Jacobson’s, owned by John & Lori) for a while longer. There happened to be an Arts & Craft fair going on in Frankfort: Score! The rolls and swells are so pronounced even at the dock, that we chose to spend the majority of the day off the boat either at the boater’s lounge with our laptop, in town, or walking the beach to watch wild waves and heavy winds.

 

 

Big waves at Frankfort Harbor

 

Light Houses along the way

 

We plan to head south, stop in Pentwater, and then home to Muskegon.  It is with mixed emotions we approach home turf. Part of me longs for home, and another part wishes to enjoy every last minute of the trip savoring sights and remaining precious Looper friendship time.  Arriving in Muskegon will complete our Great Loop adventure aboard Sanctuary of almost one year. This is called: Crossing Our Wake.

 

From Frankfort we stopped in Ludington where our daughter Amanda visited us.

Amanda in Ludington

 

Badger Leaving Ludington

 

Badger in channel leaving Ludington

 

 

The next BLOG update will complete our trip down Lake Michigan and arrival back home, which is expected to be Friday August 25, 2017.

Back in the USA

We re-entered the USA at Drummond Island and cleared customs there staying at Drummond Island Yacht Haven.   Soon after we docked, part of the Amway fleet began to arrive. Their 85’ yacht SunQuest was first, and then Dick and Betsy’s 163’ SeaQuest arrived, followed by a 70’ Hatteras yacht and a couple of large tenders.   We were told the family was having an event there.   They even had a large party tent set up for the gathering.  We left before the affair was under way.

 

Devos Family Yachts (Of Amway Fame)

 

 

Leaving Drummond, we passed through Detour Passage and by the Detour Light house.  Moon Shadow rejoined the group there and planned to go all the way to the Mackinaw bridge to complete their wake crossing.   The wake crossing is a big deal for Loopers, because it is the location where you started the loop and finish the loop. It is usually the culmination of a year of travel and about 6000 miles via boat.

We were so excited to help them celebrate earning their Gold Flag for completing the loop while docked at St. Ignace.   We did the happy dance with them and Steve played the Moon Shadow song on his trumpet as a special tribute. However, the next day it was very sad because that meant they would be heading back to Lake Superior toward their home base.

We did have a couple nice surprises while in St Ignace.   One our good friends, Bob and Vicki, stopped by for a visit.   We had talked about the possibility, but the last we knew it was not going to be able to happen.  We were TOTALLY surprised and HAPPY when they knocked on our door.  The next day our nephew Jeremy brought Teresa’s sister and two of her sister’s grandkids for a brief visit.  We visited on the boat, went to dinner with them, had ice cream (of course), waded in the cool waters of Lake Michigan. We even found a few rock treasures. Caiden even found a piece of white sea glass. Score!

St Ignace

We were excited to discover Henk & Thressa from Marco Polo at the St. Ignace Municipal Marina. So, them and us and Bob & Vicki and Dan B. enjoyed each other’s company aboard Marco Polo. While in the UP (Upper Peninsula) you must try their signature food: the Pastie. The UPers usually serve gravy with the pasties, but ketchup tastes good too.

From St Ignace, we traveled under the Big Mac bridge and re-entered Lake Michigan.  We left Lake Michigan early last September. We saw two freighters which we haven’t seen in a while.

Mackinaw Bridge

 

 

Light Houses along the way

 

 

The next BLOG update will be about our trip down Lake Michigan heading for home.

Our Visit to The North Channel

Baie Fine Shoreline Panorama

 

From Killarney, we traveled to Baie Fine which is a spectacular bay to visit.  We anchored in the pool at the end of the bay.  From the anchorage, you can explore Artists Creek, climb the mountain to see Lake Topaz, and much more.   Steve climbed down to the lake for a swim.  We were able to build a camp fire on shore and cook s’mores over the open flame.  Swimming, kayaking, hiking, and dinghy exploring are just a few of the possibilities available. Be forewarned: the mosquitoes and black flies are active both night and day!

Leaving Baie Fine, we traveled to Little Current.  The swing bridge at Little Current only opens on the hour.   Getting through there with the current pushing the boat and lots of other boats crowding in was not the most fun experience.   While in Little Current, we visited the studio/conference room where the North Channel Cruisers net is broadcast from.  We met Roy in person who is the narrator for the cruisers net.  Every day in July and August, Roy transmits the weather and news updates on VHF radio channel 71 which is followed up by cruisers calling in from the area with their location.   Since that day was our 42nd anniversary, Roy announced over the net that we were there in person celebrating our anniversary.

While in Little Current, Gary Harkins/Cygnus (a friend of our friends, Bob & Vicki) met with us to share some of the local knowledge of the area. He has been sailing the North Channel for years now and proved a valuable resource for must-see spots.

We left Little Current for Clapperton Island where we were treated by a Loon family (two babies and a pair of adult Loons) swimming and feeding.  The adults kept catching small fish and bringing them to the babies.  We love hearing the Loons call, but it was even better seeing the Loon family up close.   Dave and Collen were there from Minnesota which has the Loon as its state bird.   What a treat for us all to watch them in the bay! We did some exploring in the dinghy around Harbor Island where we saw from shore the dilapidation of what was once an exclusive resort. So sad to see the resort in its current state of neglect.

Kagawong has two special landmarks: a chocolate factory and Bridal Veil Falls.  We hiked to the water falls and swam in the pool and under the falls.  On the way back to town, we stopped at the chocolate factory for a treat.  We stayed at the Kagawong Marina in Mudge Bay.

Eagle Island was our next anchorage; followed by Bear Drop Anchorage.  Bear Drop was the more spectacular of the two.   It has tall rock hills, blueberries for picking, and lots of little islands to explore.  We spotted two snakes while on the rocks and reaching down for blueberries. Most of us were not so happy about this sighting and glad the snakes kept their distance for the most part!

 

Thesssalon Marina – Sanctuary Moon Shadow Southern Cross – Last time all three on same dock……..

 

Thessalon Post office with Teresa, Colleen, and Cathy

Our last stop in Canada was Thessalon City Marina.  We tried to spend the last of our Canadian cash there, but it was a holiday and most things were closed. The girls had exactly 21 minutes before the gift shop closed—hardly enough time to do much damage. A spectacular sunset was our reward in the evening highlighted by a orange moon. Sanctuary performed a 360 degree turn in the water when we hit the USA. Steve played the Star Spangled Banner and all of us were doing a Happy Dance!!! So good to be back home again! A pair of sandhill cranes flew right in front of us soon after entry back in to the US as if to welcome us home again.

Back in the USA track on plotter

We were privileged to travel with Moon Shadow and Southern Cross most of the time through Canada.  Collen compiled the list below, which matches our visit, so I borrowed it from their blog.

Thank you, Canada, for a wonderful and memorable six weeks!

  • June 27- We entered Canada at Prinyers Cove/ Picton area.
  • Celebrated Canada’s 150th in Trenton,
  • Entered the Trent Severn Water way. (44 locks)
  • We have completed about 110 locks on the loop
  • We enjoyed the fourth of July in Campbellford with red white and blue cupcakes
  • Enjoyed the hospitality of lock walls
  • Attended Rib Fest in Peterborough and Scottish festival in Orillia
  • Traversed the world’s highest lift lock, and rode the only chute railroad lift.
  • July 20th began exploring Georgian Bay.
  • July 28th entered Killarney gateway to the North Channel
  • August 8th crossed to Drummond Island to check back in to the United States Customs.
  • We traversed over 650 miles in Canada Waters

Baie Fine Canada North Channel

 

Kagawong

Little Current

 

Loons in Clapperton Bay

 

 

Eagle Island Anchorage sun rise

 

Georgian Bay – what a beautiful area

From Midland, Ontario we traveled the small boat canal through Georgian Bay.   We visited a few of the many anchorages available in the area.  Each time we came to a new anchorage, we thought it must be the most beautiful one. Then we visited the next one and thought the same thing.  Mike, Manager and Harbor host in Midland at Port of Midland Yachting Center, gave the loopers at the marina a virtual tour of Georgian Bay via slides and charts.   This allowed us to have our charts marked up and planned destinations reviewed in advance.  He pointed out the best locations and routes to follow.  If you are in the area, be sure to stay at Port of Midland Yachting Center which is a very nice facility.  Leaving Midland, we are back with our looper group of Moon Shadow (Dave and Colleen), Southern Cross (Pat and Cathy), and us on Sanctuary.

While at anchorage in Longuissa Bay, we toured the area up the river looking for a water fall.  The river was very high and fast due to all the recent rain. After running up the first rapids, we decided to skip the water fall and take a break on shore.  The girls spent time looking for interesting granite, quartz, and fool’s gold rocks on shore.  Longuissa is a pretty bay. There were 12 boats in the bay and still room for a few more.  We had fun swimming in the bay and fishing.

From Longuissa, we traveled to 12 Mile Bay and stayed at the Wani Wani Anchorage.  We used the Med Mooring style of anchoring in that bay.  For Med Mooring style, you drop your anchor and take a line from the stern of your boat to shore and tie it to a tree.  This allows you to get close to shore and not swing around the anchor, providing more usable space for other boats to anchor.  There are lots of islands and bays to explore in 12 Mile Bay.  We discovered a number of beautiful flowers growing along the shore lines.

Snug Harbor/Snug Haven is an anchorage just off the small boat canal waterway near Gilly’s Restaurant—a great place to go for fish.   The other advertised place in the area is Henry’s Fish Restaurant, but it was closed since the staff all walked out (don’t go there; go to Gilly’s).

The Bad River Anchorage is found at the end of a long narrow rocky route.   It is truly worth the trip traveling back to the anchorage.   From the anchorage, you can explore many other rivers, rapids, and waterways.  It stormed the second day we were there, so we did not get to explore as much as we would have like to. We did pick blueberries and used the blueberries to make a cobbler and put them on cereal.   The wild blueberries are small, but they make up for their size in extra bold flavor.

From Bad River, we passed through Collins Inlet on the way to Killarney.   The route is extremely picturesque and well worth the extra mile to take that course.

After a few days at anchor, we arrived in Killarney and stayed at the Sportsman Inn Marina.   It is a very nice facility split by the water way going through Killarney.  To get to the main lodge and facilities, they provide a water taxi called TinkerBell.  Many times in a day you will see float planes going by the marina and stopping in town.   The marina has a movie screen on the hill over the docks, and we watched a movie from the upper deck on Moon Shadow.   The sound for the movie is broadcast over the FM radio, so it is a like a drive-in movie for boats.

Light Houses of Georgian Bay

 

 

Georgian Bay Crossing

 

 

 

Gilley’s at Snug Harbor

 

 

Collins Inlet

 

Georgian Bay Anchorages

 

Killarney

 

Sometimes you look at the chart, sometimes it looks at you……..

 

Killarney begins the North Channel and the next blog will provide details about our experiences there……..

Trent Severn Waterway (TSW) Part 2

Leaving the Peterborough Lock behind, we conquered Locks 23, 24, 25 and 26 and stopped for the night at Burleigh Falls anchorage.  The next day we traveled to Bobcaygeon planning to go through Lock 32. Upon our arrival, we learned the lock was broken.   We tied up on the wall below the lock and planned to stay the night waiting for it to be fixed.  Later when we came back from town, we saw the lock staff manually opening the gate with a rope and letting a house boat through.  We asked if we could get through and after a consultation, they said yes.  So, we were able to lock through past Lock 32 which allowed us to leave early in the morning.   Several people (and our research books) told us about a very large clothing/shoe store in Bobcaygeon called Bigley’s.  It has more shoes than we have seen anywhere! Teresa scored on a pinkish-red sweatshirt with the words “Canada 150” and Steve found a “Canada 150” tee shirt in town. Both commemorate the country’s 150th anniversary.  Lock 32, we tied up along the wall just after the lock. Steve was thrilled because just across the street they sold Canada’s ever popular Kawartha at Flo’s Loch Ness Ice Cream and Restaurant.

Lock #35 is the highest point in the TSW (Trent Severn waterway).   Balsam Lake is the highest point in the world that a boat can travel to from the ocean under its own power.  All the locks up to Lock #35 had been lifting Sanctuary.  The next series of locks will lower Sanctuary a total of 260 feet by the time we arrive in Georgian Bay.

Most of the locks are conventional style with opening doors that allow a walled area to fill or drain to move the vessel to the next level.   There are three special locks on the TSW: the Peterborough Lock, the Kirkfield Lock and the Big Chute Railway.   Both the Kirkfield and Peterborough locks use movable tubs to lift and lower vessels.

The Big Chute loads the boats on a rail car which then travels over a road and down a long hill.  We stayed at the Big Chute Marina which is within sight of the Big Chute Railway. It was cool to be able to just walk over to Big Chute and watch other boats motor into the sling and go over the road and down the steep hill back into the water on the other side. We took pictures and observed from a deck above the operation. Still somewhat frightening! We sure hoped they knew what they were doing and wouldn’t drop us the next day when we planned to lock through.

Our daughter Amanda joined us in Orillia where we stayed a few nights at the newly opened Port of Orillia marina. This is a huge marina with new floating docks, boater’s lounge, fancy restrooms-showers, and soon-to-be hooked up state of the art washers and dryers.  We were so excited to have Amanda travel with us through the last series of locks, walk through the Farmer’s Market, and experience the trip together.  She arrived at o’dark 30 Friday morning braving tumultuous downpouring of rain, lightening, no cell/map service, and customs in a foreign land. Oh, happy day in Canada when she arrived! Thanks to a kind soul in a gas station near the border who let her use the WIFI to call us. Thankfully, she was immediately able to get Verizon international service and let us know her progress. She grabbed a paper map (old school still has its benefits) of Ontario and circled her route to us in Orillia.

It was great fun to be able to show her some locks and complete the last lock of this trip with her on board.  She was with us for the very first one in Chicago and the last one at Port Severn Lock #45.  For us, we were excited to be done with locks! Now we can enjoy lock free Georgian Bay and the North Channel. At the final Lock #45, we talked with the dock staff and told them this was our last lock. They were very much interested in where we came from and how long we’d been on the trip. Since it was our final lock, we asked them to take pictures of the three of us and the boat while still sitting in the lock. We’ve found the Trent-Severn Waterway staff to be most kind, informative, and extremely helpful. This group was no exception. We felt like we celebrated with them right there!

While we were in Orillia, we participated in a Scottish Festival complete with numerous Scottish clan bands, bagpipes and drums, sheep herding demonstrations, and mini railroad train rides.  There are 150 large maple leaf art pieces around town to commemorate the 150-year celebration for Canada. We saw many of them and couldn’t help taking some pictures of the artists’ creativity.

There were a number of loopers at Orillia so we had to have looper docktails.

Looper Docktails

After the locks were completed, we traveled across the bay to Midland Ontario.  Steve traveled by car back to Orillia to retrieve Amanda’s car so she would be able to return home.  We enjoyed our time with her visiting, but unfortunately all good things must come to an end since need to return for work.

The rest of this trip will be bays and inlets on Georgian Bay, the North Channel, Lake Huron, and finally Lake Michigan.  Not all our travels will be in open water. Some of the time we will follow the small boat channel route which is anything but wide-open water.  Often the route winds around and through skinny channels making it tricky and wise to keep eyes on the charts and the depths very closely.

 

Lock 32 Bobcaygeon

 

 

              Are we entering the twilight zone….

 

 

 

 

Trent Severn Waterway very narrow in places……

 

Kirkfield Lift Lock

 

Orillia Maple Leaves

 

Orillia Scottish Festival

 

Lock 42 and Lock 43 Swift Rapids

 

Big Chute

 

 

Last Lock,  number 45 of the TSW

 

 

 

 

 

The next update will be about Georgian Bay

Up the coast to New York

Our Looper flotilla headed out from Delaware and New Jersey and traveled to New York to visit the city that never sleeps. On the way, we picked up one more traveler at Cape May, so now The Lower Place has rejoined our group.   We last saw Charlie and Robin McVey in Washington DC.   Once we conquered the Jersey coast, with only a little drama on the Atlantic Ocean from contrary wind and waves, we set our sights on New York.

We stayed at the Staten Island Yacht Club then traveled by car, train, ferry, and subway to get around the city.   We were able to visit many sights and locations.  One of the most moving and difficult was the 9/11 memorial.  Everyone usually can tell you where they were the day 9/11 happened.  Steve was just across the river watching events unfold, so seeing the memorial was extra significant.  We also saw the bull on Wall Street, the NY stock Exchange building, Battery Park, and this was just the first day.

One of Teresa’s goals was to visit the “Today Show” so we worked out a plan to make that happen.   The owner of the local restaurant at Great Kills knew a guy and put us in touch with Carl who willingly drove us right to Rockefeller Center at 4:15am to get in line for the show. We were right up near the front of line and secured a spot on the rail in the center of filming.   Moon Shadow made signs for us to hold along the railing.  One sign highlighted our 6000 miles on a boat and the other promoted Teresa’s book. What a treat to have our friends see us on TV!   After a mid-morning breakfast at a local diner, we rode up to the top of the Empire State building with Enterprise.   The New York library was a stop Teresa could not skip.   The huge building is very ornate and noteworthy to tour.   She loved seeing the vast reading areas, books, and architecture.

Once back on Staten Island, we visited Nonna’s—a local pizza place which came highly recommended.  The recommendation was absolutely right. The New York style pizza was fantastic and our Looper Group of 10 enjoyed the food and company very much.

Leaving Great Kills Yacht Club meant we were going to travel by the Statue of Liberty and New York Harbor.   We planned for our Looper group to travel togather and take pictures of each other in front of the Statue of Liberty.  What a treat to see the statue from our own vessel!

Once past the lady and the city, we kept traveling north up the Hudson River.   The planned destination for the night was Half Moon Bay Marina at Croton on the Hudson.  We saw the new Tappan Zee bridge construction passing under the new spans along the way.   The river scenery quickly turned from dense high-rise city scape to hills and trees.  The hills cliffs and trees are scenic north of the city.

On the way into the marina, we passed by the anchorage and park we were at when we purchased Sanctuary in May 2014.  Sanctuary has passed by her own wake, but is continuing home to finish the Great Loop and receive her Gold Flag.

From Croton on the Hudson, we rode the train back into the city to Grand Central Station.  Exploring that huge facility was overwhelming.  You could look around and see the locations from many movies in the building.  We walked from Grand Central to Times Square.   Street entertainers, yellow cabs galore, lights, horns—it is all there.  We found a great lunch spot just off Times Square and then made our way to the Majestic Theater.  Teresa had planned to see Phantom of the Opera when it was in Grand Rapids, but had to go out of town.   While in New York, if possible, she wanted to see her first Broadway play. Phantom of the Opera was available as a Saturday matinee, so we were able to attend.  The theater, the sounds from the orchestra, the organ, the costumes, and the whole show were fantastic!  A couple we met on the way into the theater saw Phantom in Toronto.  They said this version was 100 times better than the Toronto one which was very good.

After the play, we walked and took a cab to the High Line, an old elevated railroad line converted to a park.  We returned to Grand Central Station, explored that area a little more, and then took our train back to Croton on the Hudson.   From the train station, it was a short cab ride back to the marina, where this group of very tired loopers crashed for the night.  One more night in this marina, then we plan to continue traveling north on the Hudson River.

Teresa and the Bull on Wall Street

 

 

New York Public Library

 

 

Today Show

 

 

Times Square

 

 

St Patricks Cathedral

 

 

NY Stock Exchange 

 

 

Empire State Building

 

 

Hudson River passing NY

 

 

Statue of Liberty

 

 

Freedom Tower

 

 

 

9-11 Memorial

 

Grand Central Station 

 

 

Majestic Theater – Phantom of the Opera

 

 

Lady Liberty with Sanctuary

 

 

From Manistee to Ludington and White Lake

We toured the City of Milwaukee Railroad Car Ferry and the Coast Guard Cutter Acacia in Manistee.  They are both retired and on display for tours.

 

Acacia bow

Retired Coast Guard Cutter Acacia

Ship City of Milwaukee 1

City of Milwaukee Car Ferry

 

 

City of Milwaukee Car Ferry (retired)

City of Milwaukee Bridge

Steve boldly taking the wheel on the City of Milwaukee bridge

Acacia Dining

Acacia Mess Hall

Acacia Bridge

Acacia Bridge

City of Milwaukee Bridge Control

City of Milwaukee Bridge Control

City of Milwaukee Captains Desk

Captains Desk

City of Milwaukee Guest Room

Guest Room on City of Milwaukee (which is available to rent and stay aboard as a B&B)

City of Milwaukee Guest Area

Guest Area City of Milwaukee

Ship City of Milwaukee railroad car inside2

Ship City of Milwaukee railroad car inside

 

 

 

Big Boy in Manistee

We found out what happened to Big Boy … sad!

 

After touring Manistee,  we left for Ludington.  We met Bob and Vicki in Ludington for a planned reunion.  We also met together with a number of Lakeshore Yacht Harbour friends which was not planned. Scott and Karen pulled into Ludington Municipal Marina on their new boat named Last Call. Their boat to be slipped at LYH.

 

LYH Memebrs in Ludington Dinner

Unplanned Rendezvous in Ludington

Scott and Karens new boat

Scott and Karen’s new boat

Sanctuary and Last Call in Ludington

Sanctuary and Last Call in Ludington

Part of the fun in Ludington is watching and hearing the Badger come and go. The Badger is a car & passenger ferry transport. The ferry travels between Ludington and Manitowoc and is one of the last remaining coal, steam-fired engines in the United States.

Badger Leaving Ludington 3

Badger seen leaving Ludington through Sanctuary’s port windows

Badger Leaving Ludington 1

Badger Leaving Ludington

S and T in Ludington

Steve and Teresa in Ludington (note: Badger in background leaving Ludington)

Badger Leaving Ludington 2

Bob and Vicki wave goodbye at Ludington

Our friends, Bob and Vicki, waving goodbye on Ludington’s pier

After leaving Ludington, we traveled to White Lake and anchored in Indian Bay for the night. Other than sharing the bay with an anchored flotilla of four power boats each with their own dinghy, all’s calm and quiet in this protected bay.

White Hall Light  House

Next stop should be our home port of Muskegon.

Leaving Arcadia for Manistee

We left Arcadia and made the short trip to Manistee.  There was a nice following sea for the trip.

Leaving Arcadia

Leaving Arcadia

Arcadia Bluffs Golf Course

Arcadia Bluffs Golf Course

 

Dunes by Arcadia

Dunes near Arcadia

Steve on Lake Michigan

Manistee Channel Light House

Manistee Channel Light House Could use some new paint…….

Teresa headed for Manistee Municipal Marina

Headed for Manistee Municipal Marina

Sanctuary in Manistee

Sanctuary secured a dock at the Manistee Municipal Marina.   They have a new clubhouse/bathhouse for visiting boaters.  It has a very nice lounge area and a number of individual showers.  The bathrooms and facilities are very neat and clean.

After touring town, visiting the grocery, and dinner we walked along the board walk to the beach for the sunset.

 

Caboose in Manistee

Old Caboose in Manistee

Sunset with propeller at Manistee

Another Sunset, this one at Manistee Channel

 

After dark, entertainment for the night featured watching a freighter maneuver through the river and out to Lake Michigan.  They look so much larger when they’re only a few feet away from the dock you are tied to.  The Manistee was build in 1943 and is certainly showing her age. The sailboat we shared a dock with had two young children aboard. A boy, Garett, and a girl named Anna. Watching their excitement reminded me of times past with our own children, Andrew and Amanda. Good times; memorable days. Just as we’re making new memories this time around.

Ship Manistee leaving Manistee at night5 Ship Manistee leaving Manistee at night1 Ship Manistee leaving Manistee at night4 Ship Manistee leaving Manistee at night3 Ship Manistee leaving Manistee at night2 Ship Manistee leaving Manistee at night4

Tomorrow the plan is for Sanctuary to travel to Ludington.