Posted on: September 26, 2012 Posted by: Cole Ruth Comments: 0

There are times when I feel like Facebook works the way I want it to. This was one of them. When Tami and I started planning our trip, I noticed that one of my former shipmates was working on a Traverse City tall ship called the Manitou. Unfortunately, we were not able to sail on her, but having connections in the schooner world has a way of opening… um… hatches?

On our last morning in Traverse City, we ate a quick breakfast at the Pie Company, grabbed coffee at Morsels, gathered our things from the hotel room and drove up the coast a few miles to where the Manitou was parked. She’s a beautiful boat and the next time I pass that way, I will make sure to investigate one of their overnight cruises.

Anyone who followed my blog about my days aboard the Marlin will know that getting to “Bly” meant a lot to me. It was great to see him again and get a quick tour of the boat that had made him into a sailor and which continues to call him back to its decks every the summer.

Bly, who’s from Traverse City, was impressed at the restaurant line-up we had managed to squeeze in. The place we had most wanted to try, however, The Cook’s House, was closed on Sundays and Mondays, so we hunted for a lunch alternative and landed at Frenchies Famous. This tiny outhouse of an establishment got a lot of mixed reviews online because of its gruff service, but we experienced none of the gruff and all of the yumminess that Frenchies had to offer. Their signature house-cured pastrami sandwich on foccacia was worthy of the hype.