Crossing Lake Michigan on the S.S. Badger

Day 24

LOCATION:  Ludington, Michigan – on western side of state on Lake Michigan
CAMPGROUND:  The ferry parking lot!
WEATHER:  Terrific.  Temps all over the board
DISTANCE DRIVEN:  3 hours to ferry

We got a mid-morning start from our campground at Chain O Lakes.  We had a 3-hour drive to Manitowoc, Wisconsin to catch the ferry.  Didn’t want to miss the boat!

The route took us on busy Interstate 94 between Chicago and Milwaukee.  Yikes!  Lots of semis! 
Needless to say, we made it ok.

When we left the campground, it was 90 already (at 9:00 AM).  As we neared Lake Michigan, we watched the outdoor thermometer drop and drop to 60. 

The 4-hour ferry ride was great.  Although it is expensive to haul an RV on the ferry, we saved 2 tanks of gas and overnight stays,  AND we didn’t have to drive through Chicago!!!!

It is interesting to watch the workers load the vehicles.  A large group of Model A’s came on to go to a rally in Michigan. The Manatowoc High School Marching Band greeted us as we approached the ferry terminal.

You leave your keys in your vehicle and high school age employees park the vehicles for you.  We saw Joy going the wrong way, andd I thought she was being stolen!  No – they were just backing her in. 

We waved goodbye to Wisconsin’s mascot badger….

and the beautiful lighthouse…

The ferry has a movie theater, restaurant, bar, and gathering room where they played bingo and other games.  We read and rested.  The ride was quite smooth.

A pilot met us with a spout of water…

Now in Eastern Time Zone, we arrived around 7:00 PM.  The ferry staff told us that we could park in their overnight parking.  Nice!  Free! 

Here is our “camping” spot for tonight…

We strolled 2 blocks to Ludington’s downtown area and guess where we stopped?!  Their brewery, of course!  It was so nice that we sat on their patio and ate a very leisurely dinner.  No reason to rush back to the trailer. 

DINNER:  Shrimp po’ boy.  It was cooked very well with Cajun spices. 

After dinner….we were walking the few blocks back to the trailer and thought we would check out what seemed to be an outdoor bar.  It turned out to be an event center and the town leaders were having a special event to celebrate the SS Badger’s first sailing of the season.  We hadn’t realized that.  They invited us to join them and gave us some of the local brewery’s beer.  What nice people!

BOOK:  “A Rule Against Murder” by Louise Penny.  I thought I had read all of her books, but found this one.  It is part of the series about Chief Inspector Armande Gamache who solves all kinds of mysteries in the Eastern Townships of Quebec.  5 stars out of 5

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