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.

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Tomorrow the plan is for Sanctuary to travel to Ludington.


Left Frankfort, traveled to Arcadia + 40th Anniversary Day!

We traveled to Arcadia, which is not a long trip, even though the waves made the trip not the most comfortable.  Wind and waves were out of west so we motor tacked down the coast. This lessened the impact of the waves.

We spent  the day and night anchored in Arcadia Lake just inside the channel.

Sanctuary Anchored in Arcadia

Anchored in Arcadia

In the morning, the wind picked up and storms were predicted so we moved to Veterans Memorial Marina.

Just a few minutes after returning from the beach, a massive storm blew through.   This gave the opportunity for some very interesting photos.   We have never seen such intense bluish/purple in an approaching front.  The temperature dropped 20 degrees in about 10 minutes.

Very intense with wind blowing over 40 knots. The day immediately changed from just a leisurely day on the beach to hang on to anything not bolted or tied down … Both the Admiral & the Captain remain thankful to be tied up safely to a dock. Even if 2-foot high whitecaps appeared alongside the boats and docks.

No one could argue that our Anniversary Day was one without events!


Storm at Arcadia o boat2 Storm at Arcadia o boat3

Storm approaching Arcadia_Panorama2

Storm at Arcadia o boat



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……..


Map of the route home

The map below shows the route home for Sanctuary,  from Stony Point, New York to Muskegon, Michigan.

The map was built from the daily tracks on the Navionics application used on our tablet which were uploaded to the Google earth program.  Two daily tracks were lost and I drew them in manually on the Google earth program, one of those was St. Ignace to Beaver Island.

Click on the map to bring up a larger version.

Route Home

Route Home








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