How to cross Lake Michigan and avoid Interstate 80? You could fly, which would be fast. Or you could take a ferry, which would be slow and – maybe, just maybe – a whole lot more fun. So that is what we did last summer: we took the SS Badger across Lake Michigan on a spectacularly beautiful day. The Badger was built in 1953 to transport railroad cars across the lake. It has, accordingly, a huge hold which swallowed up our Chevy Volt, semi-trailer trucks, horse trailers, and a bunch of other vehicles. Here it is being loaded in Manitowoc, Wisconsin, for our trip east to Ludington, Michigan.
Boarding the SS Badger:
Manitowoc has several things to do prior to boarding the Badger. Once a major Great Lakes shipbuilding town, twenty-eight submarines and other naval vessels were built there during WWII. The Wisconsin Maritime Museum is located there, with the USS Cobia berthed in the harbor.
Once underway, Gwen and Alicia got out their knitting to pass the time.
The lake was beautiful and we arrived in Ludington in what seemed a short time. It was SO MUCH nicer than being on the Interstate!
The harbor was beautiful at twilight.
The next day we walked the causeway to the lighthouse and later went to Ludington State Park, where Big Sable Point Lighthouse is located.
Panorama of the view from the lighthouse:
Back in Ludington later that evening there was an incredible show in the western sky.