Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Muskegon, Ludington

Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Left Grand Haven SP about 9am. Drove north to the Krause County Park south of Muskegon. The park has an accessible boardwalk that leads almost to the water plus dogs are allowed on the beach. We spend perhaps an hour enjoying the beautiful morning. After the beach we drove to the Great Lakes Naval Memorial & Museum. The USS Silversides (SS-236) is there as well as a very interesting WW-II museum.
We wound up at the Muskegon S.P. for the night. Our campsite had a nice view of Muskegon Lake. Watched sail boats & the ferry to Wisconsin.

Wednesday & Thursday:
Stayed at the Butterville Campground just south of Ludington. The campground is on a very high dune overlooking the lake. Unfortunately, there is no way Carol can get to the beach. Gopher is happy because dogs are allowed on the beach. We drove into Ludington to just look around. Another summer resort town. Had lunch in town.
In the evening, promptly at 8:00, the S.S. Badger leaves the harbor. It's easily seen from the campground. The Badger, built in 1953, is the last Great Lakes car ferry and the last ship in the U.S. that is powered by coal. After the Badger, people hang around to watch the sun set over the lake.

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