July 20-24 On to Leland, Ludington, Whitehall & Saugatuck for the summer


We left Charlevoix & cruised on a smooth Lake Michigan for the 4 hour trip to Leland & historic old Fishtown.  We stayed in the township marina for 2 nights.  Fishtown is a wonderfully preserved original old fishing village.  It almost fell prey to a wrecking ball & developers but was saved thanks to some very generous people.  The 2nd day our friends Jon & Mark came to join us for dinner on board & to be with us for the final leg of our journey.  The next day we cruised past Sleeping Bear Dunes, the 2nd largest sand dunes in the world to Ludington.  We docked right downtown & had our Key West friends Carole & Jerry with their daughter Taylor & a friend of theirs on board for cocktails & then went to their Lake Michigan cottage for dinner.  The next day we cruised in rough seas to Whitehall & the White Lake Yacht Club, a great club largely unchanged in 50 years.  We had our Tryon friends David & Izzy with a large part of their family for cocktails & then went to their 1920’s cottage boasting views of both Lake Michigan & White Lake.  We had a fun dinner & enjoyed their wonderful family.  We left the White Lake Yacht Club, through the channel with a great lighthouse & again cruised into an angry Lake Michigan.  The 2 roughest days of our entre trip so far proved to be on Lake Michigan.  We cruised into familiar waters past Saugatuck dunes & beach & safely docked downtown at Tower Marine overlooking the historic ship, The Keewatin,  for the rest of the summer.  The 6 of us had a champagne toast as we idled down the Kalamazoo River.  We found our cottage with the Casa Blanca lilies in full bloom & the gardens a welcome site.  It will be nice to have land legs for a couple months & enjoy Tally-Ho with our friends.

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