We left Frankfort at around 6:30 a.m. to get an early start to our 65ish mile journey to Ludington.
Another morning when we were up before the sun.
Only the fishermen/women were out this early.
Down the Channel
I love taking pictures early in the morning.
Now I don’t like getting up early but when I do, I really enjoy the show.
With the sunrise behind us, we move down the channel and head toward the markers.
Out to Lake Michigan
Once again, we leave a safe harbor and head out to Lake Michigan.
Sam likes to call it Lake Washing Machine because the water comes at you from all sides.
But this morning, the force wasn’t too bad.
We definitely felt the machine but it was set on low.
Over to Ludington
It was easy to find the channel heading into Ludington.
This magnificent marker had a lot of visitors.
We found the marina.
Got fuel and a pump-out first before we got into our slip.
Sights Around the Marina
As we got settled in, we saw a lot of boats because it was Labor Day Weekend.
You know how much traffic comes with that!
But we did see some magnificent sights unexpectedly.
The Badger is a ferry that takes cars, trailer trucks, and people across Lake Michigan.
Going to Town
I don’t even know how many looper boats came into the Ludington Municipal Marina but enough to make a fun party!
The town of Ludington, Michigan is a great place.
There are so many restaurants, coffee shops, breweries, etc. right within walking distance.
I just love towns like this.
Now when two or more loopers are gathered, there must be docktails.
A couple of boats had just finished the loop and returned here to their home marina.
One boat was just getting ready to begin.
And then there are all of us in the middle.
While we were in Ludington, we heard that we may be able to see the Northern Lights.
I was so excited!
The first night.
The second night.
I don’t know what happened.
I should have set an alarm.
But after going into Ludington and having docktails, I was exhausted and slept right through any chance I had of seeing those famous Lights.
It’s still on the bucket list.