We had a wonderful time visiting Berni and Rocky in Muskegon, Michigan, a town where there is so much to see and do that you would have to work hard to be bored. We never have enough time to even scratch the surface when we visit.
The weekly Farmers Market is a good place to browse for the freshest fruits and vegetables, as well as craft items, and there is usually at least one musician performing, playing for tips. And don’t forget people watching! That’s always entertaining.
Several old commercial buildings near the Farmers Market have been preserved and turned into shops and galleries, and we popped into a couple of them to check out the crafts, antiques, old books, and other things offered for sale.
Even on a gray, overcast day, the Lake Michigan beaches are a draw for some, though they weren’t as crowded as they would be on a bright sunny day. I even spotted a couple of beach bunnies, Miss Terry and cousin Berni.
With water everywhere you look, Muskegon is an anglers’ and boater’s paradise and we saw a lot of boats coming and going, everything from sailboats like these, to small fishing boats and super fast speedboats that cost more than a modest house.
The Coast Guard keeps busy patrolling the local waters, making sure everybody is doing things safely and ready to respond to anybody who finds themselves in trouble.
This high-speed ferry makes the crossing from Muskegon to Milwaukee, Wisconsin two or three times a day, carrying up to 248 passengers, 46 vehicles, and 12 motorcycles on a quick 2½ hour trip across the lake. The 192 foot long aluminum-hulled catamaran can reach speeds of up to 34 knots (40 miles per hour).
On the south side of the Muskegon Lake Channel, the USS Silversides Submarine Museum is the home of the USS Silversides, which made 14 combat war patrols in the Pacific Theater of Operations during World War II and is officially credited with sinking 23 major Japanese ships, the third highest total for any U.S. Navy submarine. Also on display at the museum is the Prohibition-era Coast Guard cutter USCGC McLane, as well as Naval and maritime artifacts.
With so much to keep us busy, and Berni and Rocky’s company, we were reluctant to leave Muskegon. It’s one of our favorite places, but we know we’ll be back again.
We left about 10:30 yesterday morning, driving in rain most of the way, and got back to Elkhart Campground about 1 p.m. It sure felt good to see our motorhome, and Greg and Jan were waiting to welcome us back. There really is no place like home, even if your home has wheels under it.
After unpacking and getting caught up on e-mail, Greg and Jan took us to dinner at King Wha for Terry’s birthday, and we had a great time enjoying the food and each others’ company. Back at home, I worked on the new issue of the paper until about 11 p.m., then stopped to write and post the blog.
I also logged onto my account with Audible.com and discovered that yesterday was a milestone day for me. I sold my 500th audiobook since my first one came out July 4th of last year. Thank you everybody for your support. I really appreciate all of you.
Thought For The Day – Usually, the people with the best advice are the ones with the most problems.