S.S. Badger Lake Michigan Carferry

The last weekend in June occasioned a quick trip to Michigan for me. To avoid an ugly drive through Illinois and Indiana, and to save hours of time and frustration, as usual I sailed across Lake Michigan on the S.S. Badger carferry. My previous trips on this 65-year-old historic vessel are described in another post, The Floating Museum. The Badger is the last coal-burning steam passenger ship operating in the United States.

For the first time this year, my return trip involved bad weather. A storm front passed over Michigan’s western coast around the time the Badger arrived and it rained during vehicle and passenger loading. By the time we sailed, the rain had stopped, but the gray skies remained. We were rewarded with a rainbow over the entire Ludington harbor.

I was afraid there wouldn’t be a sunset during the trip, but I shouldn’t have worried about that. There were plenty of clouds, and the sunset arrived right on schedule as the day came to an end.

Here are my photos from this trip.



1 Comment

  • Howard Vrankin

    I love your photos from this trip. They bring back good memories from two summers back. But I didn’t get sunset photos like yours. Fantastic!

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