Not knowing what to do with our recent Memorial Day holiday, my husband and I decided to go for a drive. We ended up going along the edge of Michigan's Thumb (if you're not sure what I mean, just look at a map of Michigan. We're conveniently shaped like a hand, with the thumb on the right side.) and checking out a few lighthouses. Michigan has more lighthouses than any other state. Just in one day's driving, we were able to see three of them!
Okay, so this isn't a lighthouse. We happened upon this when we stopped at a roadside park. It is the White Rock, about half a mile from shore in Lake Huron. It was a sacred spot for the Native Americans and an important navigational guide for the French fur traders.
Harbor Beach Lighthouse, built in 1885.
The Pointe Aux Barques lighthouse, built in 1848. It was also a lifesaving station which trained and housed men who would rescue sailors from shipwrecks.
The Port Austin Reef Light, built in 1878. The weather didn't quite cooperate, and we got quite drenched walking close enough to see this one. Thankfully, the sun then came out and dried us off!
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6/6/2015 03:51:22 am
I had no idea that Michigan had more lighthouses than anyone else. Lighthouses are always fun to go look at and photograph.
6/7/2015 01:25:28 pm
I love how every lighthouse is a little bit different, no matter how many you visit. That's part of what makes them so fun! :)
6/6/2015 03:52:22 am
I love lighthouses! Thanks for sharing...and I know a blogger whose site title was "Life in the Thumb," from that "thumb" on Michigan. I had never heard of the thumb before then...
6/7/2015 01:24:48 pm
Living in a state shaped like a hand does make geography easier. :) I'm glad you enjoyed my lighthouse pictures!
6/6/2015 05:36:33 am
I didn't realize Michigan had so many lighthouses. We've visited lighthouses on the Oregon and Washington coastline, but now I want to see the ones in Michigan too.
6/7/2015 01:22:54 pm
I'd like to see some of the ones on the ocean someday. I'm sure they are very cool to visit.
Deb Nance at Readerbuzz
6/6/2015 06:22:15 am
I wonder if my friend at school knows that Michigan has the most lighthouses....She loves lighthouses, collects them, visits them. Thanks for sharing your trip.
6/7/2015 01:21:32 pm
My husband and I have started keeping track of which ones we've visited so that we can hopefully get to all of the Michigan ones someday. It's a fun hobby! :)
6/7/2015 01:20:20 pm
I like that one, too. It looks like what you think of when you picture a lighthouse. :)
6/8/2015 12:20:55 pm
I haven't able to figure out what the draw is for lighthouses either, but there definitely is one! :)
6/9/2015 04:52:29 am
I wish to visit a lighthouse in my lifetime...
6/10/2015 09:49:25 am
I highly recommend it! :)
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