Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Weekend Michigan Get-Away Continued - White Lake & Muskegon

What we love about White Lake, Michigan is the quiet peacefulness found at the marina and around town. Everyone at the White Lake Municipal Marina is very friendly and laid-back, from the check-in process to loaning out the 2 bikes available to transient boaters to use to get around town.

We've met some really nice great-loopers both times we've been there, and this time were lucky to meet a sailing couple from Oklahoma (S/V Incipient) headed to the North Channel. It was great to have the opportunity to find out some of their favorite North Channel islands as well as some tips for anchoring out there. We also found out they will be in the North Channel at the same time as us, and are excited to possibly meet up while we're there!

After spending the morning lounging around the marina and talking with the other transient boaters (5 boats in all), we decided to walk over to neighboring Montague for the Farmer's & Artisan Market. We already had the boat pretty well stocked, so we settled on an apple pie from The Garden Shed to enjoy for breakfast.

Now if you've followed our 2010 Lake Michigan Trip, you may remember that we fought tough lake conditions pretty much the entire trip. And true to that history, while there were south winds and calm lake conditions at our home port, the ride over to Muskegon to visit friends on the beach gave us 3ft rollers the entire 11 mile trip. Once we arrived though, we anchored close to shore and enjoyed a few carefree hours on the beach with friends.

Our Muskegon friends invited us to Dockers Fish House for dinner and to see a band they really liked, Yard Sale Underwear (seriously, that was the name of the band). We were able to dock the boat right alongside of the restaurant, and someone from Dockers ran out to help us tie up. The place was packed both with those who arrived by boat and lots of locals who seemed to be regulars. Dinner, the music and the company was great, and we are really hoping to go back again to visit this summer! We had to be lame though and leave right before dusk (about 9:30pm) so that we could find a spot in Muskegon Lake to anchor for the night.

We found a secluded spot tucked away in "Snug Harbor" along the shore of the state park. Aside from the occasional fishing boat headed back to the launch, we were the only boat in sight most of the time we were there. We had a wonderful & relaxing night looking at the stars & identifying constellations while drinking some of the Traverse City Red wine I picked up in Montague.

It was so quiet there that we slept in a bit before waking up to enjoy our apple pie and coffee and preparing to boat back to White Lake to spend the rest of Sunday. Ben says waking up in this spot was the most relaxed he has been in a long time :-) I would have to agree!

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