For over a year we have been planning a big trip for the end of this summer, and actually we started planning this trip before we even had the boat. Originally I wanted this trip to be our honeymoon, but with the time of year, and unpredictable lake conditions we booked a Royal Caribbean cruise instead to be on the safe side.
Originally we had planned to travel up the western shore of Michigan, across the Upper Peninsula, and down the Wisconsin shoreline back home. We charted distance and time to find that every way we reconfigured our stops, we would be coming home on the last day of our vacation which would leave us no room for error, weather, or any other setback we may encounter. We've decided to make this a Michigan only trip to fit our time constraints. As disappointing as it is to leave out Door county Wisconsin, which is a place we absolutely love, we've decided that might make a nice trip on it's own for next year!
So here's the working itinerary:
Day1 Leave home port (Portage) and travel to White Lake -Dist 129mi.
Day2 White Lake to Manistee-Dist 65mi.
Day3 Manistee to Frankfort-Dist 27mi.
Day4 Frankfort to Leland-Dist 40mi
Day5 Leland to Beaver Island-Dist 55mi.
Day6 Beaver Island to Mackinaw City (2 days) Dist 45mi.
Day8 Mackinaw City to Petoskey Dist 58mi
Day9 Petoskey to Charlevoix-Dist 21mi.
Day10 Charlevoix to Traverse City(3 days) Dist 45mi
Day13 Traverse City to Arcadia Dist 75mi.
Day14 Arcadia to Ludington or Pentwater Dist 50mi.
Day15 Ludington/Pentwater to Sagatuck Dist 80mi.
Day16 Saugatuck back to Portage(Home) Dist 80mi.
We will update often with any news concerning the plotting and planning of this trip, as well as a complete write up of every port we stop in once we are on the trip!