Winner of the contest

Good Harbor Bay, Sleeping Bear Dunes

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Congratulations

Carol and Jessie Greenfield

won the Sleeping Bear Dunes DVD.  The answer was indeed

Beach

Gotta love a word scramble.  I am so not good at that.

Thank you all for participating.

To the people that have entered and who live far, far away – you must come and see the dunes for yourself.

I am looking at you Hula girl!

I gave every entry a number and then generated a number via the “random number generator”

Lady Michigan

That is the name of the boat that takes you all on a cruise along our Lake Michigan shoreline.
The Sleeping Bear Dunes Cruise has a video on youtube.com

Exciting new things are on the horizon – they built a new boat with a glass bottom! The cruises start on June 1, 2010 and continue through early fall, weather permitting. It is still a long ways off until June 1 but I thought it might be good information for those of my readers that are coming up this summer.
I don’t think that there has ever been anyone that I spoke to that didn’t enjoy the cruise.  As you well know from last summer, I could not go on that cruise because of the Planting Party. My sister in law Rowanna took my seat on the boat and she was kind enough to supply us all with a report and some pictures.

A Three Hour Tour…

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…unlike the Minnow, this ship returned to the harbor in time 😉

He said – she said –  that is how we will present the impressions of the innaugural Sleeping Bear Dunes Cruise which took place on June 6th, 2009.

He ( Michael) said:

Well let’s see, since this is Iris’s blog I’d better be pretty good. Anyway – it was a dark and stormy night…. No no no it was a  brisk and blustery afternoon .
I was invited for the initial run of the Sleeping Bear dunes cruise because I am a board member of the Frankfort and Elberta Chamber of Commerce.  Since my loverly bride was getting ready for her “Get my garden planted party” my sister Rowanna came up from Ann Arbor to join me on the “three hour cruise”… That did get some laughs with the Gilligan’s Island thing…Anyway – the boat ride was fabulous. They have stabilizers on the boat so it doesn’t rock and roll as much (or at all really). I have been up and down that coast fishing more times than I can count, but the narrator – Bill Herd – knew things about the names and the geology of that coast that I was totally unaware of. Aral Road was named after a lake in Russia!!! – We went almost all the way to Empire and had some great views of lighthouses (3 of them) and some homes that would make Donald Trump drool…… The crew were very nice and helpful, the seats were very comfortable – I will give you one hint. If you sit on top, sit in the first row – the shield there deflects the wind and makes for a very nice place to sit on a ‘brisk and blustery afternoon”

She (Rowanna) said:

After seeing Iris blog about the boat tour and Mike needing a date, I volunteered. Iris said ok fine, but…”here is my camera, takes lots of pictures”.. So, after taking 107 pictures for her, here is my story. Even though the day was cold and rainy this tour was fantastic!! I had lived in Frankfort for 12 years and had never seen the shore line from this side. The water was pretty rough and I am not a fan of rough seas but the boat has some things that keep it level so I couldn’t feel the rocking at all. I did stay on the topside seating for most of the ride, but there was a very warm and glass enclosed space down below. The gentleman that narrated the tour knew all kind of information, not just the run of the mill…here are the dunes…here is Plate Lake, but very interesting little tid bits. From the time we watched the Frankfort lighthouse grow small behind us, to seeing the Point Betsie lighthouse through the narrator’s wonderful stories; I would suggest this fun ride to anyone. There will be 2 tours a day..one during the day and one at sunset. I will be on the sunset tour one day this summer to enjoy this great trip again, hopefully in warmer weather. The day didn’t end as we had planned with planting Iris’s garden, too much rain, but we had a great ending to our day with cheese, drinks and great conversation. Roger and Lee Mix along with Mike, Iris and mom. Another great weekend for me in Elberta.

there she be

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Something new and exciting!!

We have something new and exciting coming to Frankfort. I have known about it for a while but didn’t have any concrete information or website to post for you.
It is official now. Check this out –  Sleeping Bear Dunes Cruises
I think the prices are not too bad, this is going to be amazing.  I can’t wait until I get to go. All the lodging owners in Benzie County are invited to go and enjoy this just as soon as the tours start.  I am very excited about this.  Did you see, they have Sunset Cruises as well. How romantic…

For those of you who are familiar with Frankfort, the office  is located in the old Firestone building on Main Street, right next to the Laundromat!  It’s nice to see that part of town come to life a little more.  This place combined with the Tackle Box,  Bayside Cycles and Port City Smoke House,  plus the Saturday Market right across the street – this place will be hopping 🙂