29 Sep Day 16 – Finally away from Frankfort
With the predicted East winds we finally had a weather window to leave Frankfort. A very nice town but it was time to move on. We left at Sunrise destined for Ludington.
It is amazing how much the Lake can calm down in a day. We traveled straight for Big Sauble Point and for a while were 5 or 6 miles offshore. The east wind picked up and we were rolling in a combination of yesterday’s North wind rollers and today’s East wind chop. It would have been better to stick closer to shore, but live and learn…
As we approached Big Sable Lighthouse I got a good pic of Knot Diggin’ going by the light.
We docked at Ludington Municipal Marina, took on 220 gallons of fuel and had the head pumped out. Suprisingly, the price of diesel fuel was less at the marina than at the local gas stations we saw in town. We took a cab to the local Walmart and bought a cheap TV to replace the monitor that took a dive yesterday.
After dinner we got to witness the Badger car ferry come into the dock.
The Badger is the last surviving coal fired steamship sailing on the Great Lakes and was on my “Bucket List” of things to see on Lake Michigan. She has a unique way of docking where she turns and drops an anchor and then backs into her slip. I was able to witness it from the flybridge of Nautoncall. A highlight of the day.