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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.

Sunday, 11 August 2013

It's Grand to be back in Grand Haven...

Some times I think Gary and I are a little crazy!

Thursday 8th of August, we left Frankfort and headed to Pentwater, well we actually ended up in Grand Haven, 14 hours and about 150 miles further.
The early mornings on the lake can be  chilly

Crazy hey! BUT the weather was good and the waters were calm (ish). We had following seas and by the time we got the entrance in the Grand Haven we were surfing 4-6 footers following seas. That was interesting!!
Big Sable

Little Sable beach

Little Sable




Beach full of Para Sailors

Tired but happy-Sundown Grand Haven

Grand Haven Sunset

But overall it was a good day, but we were very tired after such a long day on the water and were very happy when we finally tied to the free wall in Grand Haven. I was still tying lines to cleats when the first person stopped by to chat. The friendly people of Grand Haven like to ask questions about Canada, The Loop, the boat and the South African flag that flies from our Starboard radio antenna.

We met a nice couple who plan to start their Loop in the next year or so, and we look forward to catching up with friends we met here last year on MV Blue Angel.

Cool things around GH


Grand Haven Beach

Boats of all sizes

Loves icecream


Pirates in front of Time&Tide


Some of the beads I got from the pirates


We went to the Legion for burgers

...with Sharon and Jim

Sundown, time for the flags to come down at
the Coast Guard station

Sundown and getting ready for the musical water fountain

Since the 60's during the summer months
 Grand Haven has put on
a musical fountain

From the deck of the boat we have front row seats

On Saturdays they have a farm market on the waterfront.
Farmers market

Fish cleaning station.
This charter fisherman's clients didn't show up so he went out
by himself and got some gorgeous salmon
On Saturday Jim ( MV Blue Angel) took us and the crew from MV His Idea shopping for supplies. Having the use of a car to get supplies is wonderful , especially if you have to buy heavy things like cat food and cat littler, oil and anti freeze.

We ended our evening with a lovely BBQ on MV His Idea watching the parade of boats past Grand Haven . These pictures are compliments of the Admiral. Thank you.

With Jacob

Sandy dunes of Frankfort
 Tomorrow we hope to move on to the anchorage in Saugatuck. Perhaps we will spend a couple of days there before heading to St Joe. Before you know it we will be back in Chicago!!

to be continued..............


  1. Love the mermaids and pirates....glad you guys are enjoying the life.

    Madonna & Sean

  2. you guys rock, hope we can see you in Florida again, hugs :)

  3. :envy

    Loving the updates!

    Derek Phillips

  4. In Grand Haven, there is a really good ice cream shop right along the water near the municipal marina. From the free bulkhead its just a short walk.
    Dairy Crème 301 N Harbor Dr Ste 13, Grand Haven, MI 49417

    Get a large TURTLE sundae,look here

  5. So what did yo do to "earn" those beads???

  6. Jim on S/V Ubiquitous12 August 2013 at 06:21

    We too enjoy the updates. You have me wondering if Great Lakes cruising should be on our bucket list.

  7. Hi from Guy and Bobbi-Lyn, we had a little chat with Gary while you were anchored in Byng Inlet. We came by on our red canoe with our white puppy Tanika. Just checking out your blog for the first time-very cool! Can't help feeling a little envious. Safe travels from Kokopelli.