Category Archives: Lighthouses

Grand River (Fairport Harbor) Lighthouse

We drove into the town of Fairport Harbor to get a closer look at the Grand River Lighthouse. It’s now a maritime museum, but it wasn’t open early on a Sunday morning and we’ve toured a lot of lighthouses anyway. … Continue reading

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Lake Erie

On a warm and buggy Sunday morning, we drove to Headlands Beach State Park so Sally could see Lake Erie for the first time. I warned her that it wasn’t all that special — the last time I was there, … Continue reading

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St. Augustine Lighthouse

I drove across the Matanzas River on the Bridge of Lions and found the St. Augustine Lighthouse. It was impressive, but I didn’t have time to pay to get onto the ground or climb the tower. (Although, if I knew … Continue reading

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Wind Point Lighthouse — Racine, Wisconsin

On Thursday, August 4, we drove up into Wisconsin. We stopped in Racine and bought kringle at a local bakery, then headed out to the Wind Point Lighthouse and ate breakfast by the lake. Nate and Karen came along for … Continue reading

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Door County — Last Saturday

We woke up to a cool, overcast, windy morning. A few of us wandered down to the shore where we were greeted with this view. That’s Horseshoe Island in the center of the pan. We’d stopped on the way north … Continue reading

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Grosse Point Lighthouse — Evanston, Illinois

I’ve been aware of this lighthouse for years — I’ve parked in the lot many times when birding along Lake Michigan — but I’ve never taken the tour (Saturday and Sunday afternoons at 2, 3 and 4).  Only 12 people … Continue reading

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Sand Point Lighthouse — Escanaba, Michigan

Our route home on Sunday took us within three blocks of this lighthouse. It was too early in the morning for tours, but we got out and wandered around for 10 minutes or so. The lighthouse was built in 1868 … Continue reading

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Grand Marais, Michigan

On my drive back to Grand Marais from the Log Slide, I stopped to see Sable Falls and hike a short trail onto the Grand Sable Dunes. This proved to be a mistake. The falls were less spectacular than many … Continue reading

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Au Sable Light Station

When I did my pre-vacation homework, I saw that the National Park Service gives tours of the Au Sable Light Station during July and August. But the same ranger who told me I couldn’t get to Au Sable Point from … Continue reading

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Range Lights

OK class. Pay attention. A lighthouse marks a spot — a point of land, a harbor entrance or a reef. A range light (which looks mightily like a lighthouse) marks a channel. Range lights always come in pairs. The front … Continue reading

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