Holland, Michigan

  We are still on Lake Michigan navigating 23 miles south of Grand Haven to Holland, MI.  I read, this is one of the most popular cruising areas in Michigan.  The inlet off Lake Michigan is Lake Macatawa conveniently located 80 miles from Chicago.  The lake is lined with fancy resorts and numerous Marinas.  Holland,…

Great Lakes Marina, MI.

  When we left Ludington, MI Monday morning the sun was shinning and Lake Michigan was so calm.  This had to be the calmest Lake Michigan could ever get.   I don’t know if we’ll ever see it this calm again.  Our day will consist of navigating 55 miles to Great Lakes Marina on Lake Muskegon…

Ludington, Michigan

Sunday morning we left early navigating  28 miles to Ludington, Michigan.  Kent likes these short days and I like arriving at port early enough to enjoy the town.  Our original plans were to stay several days as the kids were planning on coming across on the S.S. Badger.  Their plans have changed and they are coming…

Manistee, Michigan

Friday morning we left early from Frankfort, Mi marina.  The storms were all done but it was still cloudy with some wind.  We have 28 miles to navigate to Seng’s Marina in Manistee, Michigan.  Manistee River Valley including Manistee from 1836-1848 was a Ottawa reservation.  The first white settlement and sawmill was built-in Manistee in…

Frankfort, Michigan

We left Leland early this morning before the wind started and we have 42 miles to navigate from Leland, Michigan to Frankfort, Michigan. One good thing about leaving this early is the beautiful sunrise glistening on Lake Michigan.  I just love to look out the back of boat and see the sun shining on the…

Leland

We left Northport Sunday morning at 7:30 with the sun shinning.  What a beautiful morning to be on the water.  Northport is on the west shore of Grand Travers Bay, and we have to backtrack 10 miles to continue down the shores of Lake Michigan to Leland on the eastern shore along scenic shoreline.   We…

Charlevoix, Northport, Traverse City

We had to stay at Mackinaw City, Michigan until Monday due to bad weather.  We left early Monday and when we go under the Mackinac Bridge we will be navigating on Lake Michigan.  The main strait flows under the Mackinac Bridge and connects two Great Lakes Huron and Michigan. This is the Mackinac Bridge a…

Mackinac Island August 2

      Saturday morning we took the Shepler’s Ferry from Mackinaw City across to Mackinac Island to meet Johnny and Liz(Anchor Down).  Mackinac Island can only be reached by private boat, ferry, small aircraft, and in the winter by snowmobile over an ice bridge.  The ferry ride only takes 16 minutes to cross Lake…

Michigan Back in the United States

  We left Blind River early Thursday morning the weather was cool but sunny.  We have 45 mile ahead of us and will have to go through US Customs Port of Entry in Drumming Michigan. This is Potagannissing Bay meaning “Bay by the Mill Island” is a shallow island strewn bay on Lake Huron in…

North Channel

  We are now on what is called the North Channel a protected passage between Manitoulin Island and Ontario’s southern shore.  The North Channel is a picturesque boating paradise, the area is filled with coves, inlets and marinas.  The eastern edge of the North Channel commences where the Badgeley and Manitoulin Islands come closest to…

End of Georgian Bay

  Wednesday morning we left Wrights Marina following the Byng Inlet out into 30 miles of open water on Lake Huron in Georgian Bay.  The weather is overcast with some wind.  I hope it doesn’t get stronger as we navigate across the open water.  Johnny and Liz (Anchor Down) decided to take the outside route…

Georgian Bay

It has been a long time since we have crossed a large body of water.  Georgian Bay is a large bay of Lake Huron, located entirely within Ontario, Canada.  The main body of the bay lies east of the Bruce Peninsula and Manitoulin Island and its northwest is the North Channel.  The shores and waterways…