While the S.S. Badger has been honored with a placement on the National Register of Historic Places, its beginnings were humble. First setting sail in 1953, the Badger originally carried railcars, along with a few select passengers, across scenic Lake Michigan year round. Now the last of the United States’s coal-fired steamships, the 410-foot vessel ships cargo of a different kind, transporting guests and their vehicles across Lake Michigan with the comforts and amenities of a modern cruise ship, with efforts to improve their ship environmentally in the near future.
While the boat embarks along between Ludington, Michigan and Manitowoc, Wisconsin, guests amble through the open deck for views of the scenic shorelines or set up shop on deck chairs, armed with a cool drink and a Mermaid-to-English dictionary. The ship’s shaded interior entertains with movies, guests shouting at celebratory bingo, and arcade games giving off musical tones as kids set new high scores. For a more muted ride, private staterooms let guests snooze away the hours, and a quiet room elucidates the ship’s history in hushed solitude. An in-house bar blends, shakes, and stirs ingredients into a range of refreshing cocktails, while the café showcases artfully crafted sandwiches like a deli hall of fame.
To keep vehicles in top shape, Mobil 1’s skilled staff swaps out each car’s oily core, ensuring it will keep on cruising safely and efficiently. The full-service oil change includes up to 5 quarts of Mobil oil, a new oil filter, and chassis lubrication. Experienced technicians will check or fill the air filter, crankcase breather, PCV valve, transmission fluid, power-steering fluid, brake fluid, clutch fluid, windshield-washer solvent, antifreeze, battery electrolytes, wiper blades, lights, vehicle belts, tire pressure, and brakes, extending the lifespan of each vehicle and jaywalking squirrels.
PDQ Car Wash has been cleaning cars and trucks since 1960. The Ultimate Exterior wash restores a car's youthful shimmer with a double pre-soap and a full exterior wash, and the tricolor and clear-coat sealers ensure a lasting shine. An under-chassis flush removes any dirt or gremlins before car pedicurists clean the wheels. The Manager's Special wash begins with an ashtray emptying, dashboard wiping, and thorough interior vacuuming to remove taco crumbs and dinosaur bones. The attention shifts to the auto's exterior as washers set up a pulley-platform system, helping themselves reach every window, apply tricolor conditioner, and de-ice the locks in the winter or after driving into a meat locker. After an exterior wash and under-chassis flush, warm air and towels dry the car as a Victorian shoe shiner polishes its wheels.
Bellevue Auto Mart's no-fuss car wash gets the job done fast. Friendly technicians scrub each vehicle's windows, rims, and tires by hand before directing drivers through the full-service, automatic car wash. Spinning brushes and pressurized spouts work in tandem with robotic arms to cleanse roadsters in about six minutes, or the time it takes to map your car's genome. After the wash, technicians dry auto exteriors by hand for a streak-free finish.
Car-Gard has been catering to autos for more than 25 years. Its trained and fully insured specialists thoroughly buff and polish exteriors, using powerful machinery to work waxes deep into the paint job, or, if necessary, they can completely recondition a faded veneer. Inside the vehicle, staff members focus their efforts on safely cleaning soft interior fabrics and surfaces, and under the hood they restore engines to pristine running order. Car-Gard can also harness high-quality chemicals to clean foggy headlights, thus improving the clarity of your shadow-puppet soap operas.
The ASE-certified technicians at GB Auto Center work on both foreign and domestic vehicles, performing everything from oil changes to complete engine and transmission repair. Every service includes a 21-point inspection, allowing them to check for anything that might need repair. The technicians can also run computer diagnostics to find the source of funny engine sounds or red, itchy headlights. During services, customers can wait in a lobby with a flat-screen television and complimentary coffee, or stroll through GB Auto Center's used-car lot.