Saturday, June 24, 2017

MIlwaukee Lake Express Ferry to Michigan

We lived in Milwaukee for thirty years. We used to see the Lake Express Ferry take off from the port on Lincoln Memorial Drive all the time when we were crossing the Hoan Bridge. But we never took it ourselves. So on the way home from our roadtrip to the great Northwest, we decided it might be a good time to try it. We didn't want to drive through Chicago, and we also wanted to see the Gerald Ford Presidential Museum in Grand Rapids, Michigan. We got our tickets for the car and ourselves on line a few days earlier for the 12:30 excursion. The 6 AM ride would have been much too early! We drove around the old neighborhood in South Milwaukee for a little while before reaching the terminal. My husband drove the car on board at the designated time and I met him up in the cabin. It was quite cold and very windy on the deck - typical for a Milwaukee June, but even worse on the cold Lake Michigan. It was rainy and cloudy for the entire two and a half hour ride over to Muskegon. It felt like winter when we went back on the deck to observe the landing. We were both glad it was over when we got in the car to disembark. It was a great opportunity for this watery diversion, but we probably would have enjoyed it more at the beginning of the trip rather than at the end of it. I think we would still prefer driving - only because we would have more control over the timing of when to start and stop. I can't believe I'm my dad's daughter. He was in the Coast Guard for twenty one years with many of those years on ships all over the world and during WWII. I think I like being on land more.

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