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Trenton, Ontario, Canada
In June 2012 we started the Great Loop in our Bayliner Explorer. This blog is for family and friends who would like to follow our comings and goings and , for now, our getting ready for the trip. If you read this blog we would love to hear your comment& suggestions.

Wednesday, 7 August 2013

Friendly Frankfort

We spent a couple for days in Frankfort hanging around with our new cruising buddies MV His Idea ( Her Command.) John and Ria are doing the loop in a 34 foot PDQ , a very nice boat!
John and Ria

The weather has been strange... last year we were here it was HOT and this year it is rather coolish and therefore there are not as many people in the streets or on the beaches.

Frankfort from the South Shore

An old ironworks

Names carved in the boardwalk

Overcast but still beautiful

Frankfort is however, one of my favourite stops on Lake Michigan. They have free wifi that reaches all the way to the boat at anchor. This might not sound like a big deal to others but to have access to the internet to check weather and mail and update blogs is priceless! The town also boasts a famous Moomers Ice-cream parlour called Scoops. We have been encouraged by one of our friends in particular to sample this wonderful treat, once voted the best ice-cream in the USA!
This one is for you Ralph!!

In the evenings and early mornings the anchorage is a little rocky-rolley from all the fishing boats that come and go at those times. Betsie Lake is a no-wake zone but if there is no one to see you , why should you obey the rules hey??  So we get woken up early by the boats as they go past us but what can you do?

Today we waited out some high winds but going for a walk on the beach and a nice stroll though town. It is always fun to explore places and it is so much more fun to do it with friends.

Last night we got hit by a major storm, winds in excess of 80mph screamed through the anchorage , straight in from the west. We had little protection and got dragged 200 feet before our anchor reset itself and when we finally fetched up we had moved about 300 feet from our original anchored spot.
As soon as the storm passed things calmed down so we went to bed and then we heard a strange thumping on the hull. We had moved next to a mooring ball and it was hitting us on the side. So we got up again and re anchored and by the time we finally got back to bed it was time for the fishing boats to start heading out into the lake so we got rocked some more...Doesn't boating sound like fun??.

Strange thing. Josie was acting very weirdly during the night, more weird than usual. I am sure she can sense bad weather. I know this sounds a little far fetched but we have noticed if she is acting foolish, running around and making those cat chirping sounds that usually means a storm or high winds are going to hit us. I am going to make a point of paying more attention to her behaviour and see if there is any pattern to notice.. Does this now officially make me a weird cat lady??

The next few days are looking very good for doing some major travelling on the Lake. Tomorrow night we will stop somewhere just to over night and on Friday we hope to make it all the way to Grand Haven. It is a long way to go but unless the forecast changes ( it is always a possibility) we should have no problem getting there. Alas, Grand Haven does not have city wide free wifi so I will have to find a place to get connected to update the blog. be continued

1 comment:

  1. Not a weird cat lady..just an observant "owner". I, too, have had experience with animals that could tell you about "icky" weather before it arrived and in several cases, our dog, warned us about earthquakes minutes before they occurred.

    Kathy J