May 31 2011

North to Alaska, Ludington to Manitowoc

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We left Donna's house in Fruitport about 2:00 in the afternoon on Memorial Day and arrived in Ludington about an hour later. We stayed at Vacation Station RV Resort in Ludington, near the S.S. Badger dock. We needed to be at the dock by 8:00 Tuesday morning, so wanted to stay in Ludington to be sure we would arrive on time. 01-Vacation Station Sign

02-S.S. BadgerOn Tuesday, at 9:00 A.M., we left Ludington, Michigan, on the S.S. Badger car ferry bound for Manitowoc, Wisconsin, arriving there at noon Wisconsin time. 

The trip was smooth. The temperatures were cold while in the middle of the Big Lake; but, upon arrival in Manitowoc, the temperatures were again warm. A storm was predicted to come across Lake Michigan to the Michigan shoreline. We thought we might meet it half-way across, but we never did see the storm. We had good driving weather in Wisconsin, except for the wind. Driving west, we had a southwind of about 25 miles per hour with gusts of over 40 miles per hour. 

Here are video and stills of the S.S. Badger. If both aren't visible, click on "Read More."

May 30 2011

Memorial Weekend 2011

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01-Fisherman's Landing SignTo kick-off our summer trip 2011 trip to Alaska we went camping at Fisherman's Landing in Muskegon, Michigan with Donna, Chris, Carl and Luke. They brought their tents, bicycles, and skate boards. With a hope for good weather, Chris also brought their boat to the campground. We were hoping for one day to be warm enough and not rainy to go out into Muskegon Lake and/or Lake Michigan. Friday evening was a great night to sit by the campfire and cook hot dogs and S'mores. Saturday was chilly and cloudy, but it was a great day for biking and going to the skate park. Sunday was warm and sunny, so we took the boat out to Lake Michigan. We could see fog rolling in from the south and from the north, but we were able to spend a little time on the Big Lake. By the time we decided to go back to the campground, the fog was thick and we could barely see the Muskegon Harbor lights. The fog was a little less dense in the channel and in Muskegon Lake, so we took a tour by the S.S. Milwaukee Clipper. By the time we got back to the dock, it had begun to thunder. Back at the campsite, just as we finished covering the boat, it began to rain. Then the wind came. One of our camping neighbors had their tent make like a tent and then their RV awning got ripped from the rig. Don and Chris went over to help the two women and a child at that campsite. They rolled up the awning and tied it and helped catch the tent and get it taken down. Soon another RV neighbor lost their awning to the wind. But the rain had stopped, so we sat around the campfire and cooked apple and peach pies. When the temperature dropped again, we went inside to play the board game Apples to Apples . This is a really fun game, but it does require at least four players.

Monday, of course, turned out to be a great day. But, after breakfast, we packed up our RV and the tents and went back to Donna's house. About 2:30 PM, Don and Jan left for an overnight in Ludington at Vacation Station to be close to the S.S. Badger dock. Attached is a video of our boat trip, as well as additional pix from our weekend at Fisherman's Landing.

Here is a video of our boat trip on Sunday: 


Here is a slideshow of some of the weekend. If it's not visible, click on "Read More" below.