August 18, 2010

Point Iroquios Lighthouse and Whitefish Point Light Station

The next day we crossed the Mighty Mac for some UP fun!

First stop - Point Iroquois Lighthouse.  This lighthouse was completely renovated and is set up to show what life was like in it's hey day.  From the tower, there are beautiful views of Lake Superior and Canada.

location-Brimley, MI
players-Jen, John

inside the tower

Now for lunch.  John was in need of a whitefish sandwich and we found it at "The Fish House" in Paradise.

they also have chicken for the landlubbers

whitefish sandwich
Next stop - Whitefish Point Light Station and Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum.  This lighthouse has been operating continuously since 1861.  It is the oldest operating lighthouse on Lake Superior.  The United States Coast Guard still operates the light, but the rest of the campus is owned and maintained by the Great Lakes Shipwreck Historical Society.  The campus consists of the lighthouse, the shipwreck museum, the crews quarters (where you can stay) and a store.

location-Paradise, MI
players-Jen, John

Our last stop before heading back to the LP was Tahquamenon Falls.

August 17, 2010

Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse & McGulpin Point

Since John & I had some time on our own, we made the most of it.  We weren't making it a lighthouse vacation, but we did squeeze in a few.  It's hard to be in northern Michigan & not see some.  We stayed our first night in Traverse City & then headed up to Mackinaw City for a couple nights.  I'm not going to include any of these on the map yet, since the kids weren't with us.  In Mackinaw City we stayed at the Deer Head Inn Bed & Breakfast.  It was the perfect location and walking distance to everything.  The first night we were there we happened to get the "Lighthouse Room".  When we decided to stay a second night it was already booked, so we switched to the "Hemingway Room".

Our first day there we walked to two different lighthouses.  The first was McGulpin Point.  It was privately owned until 2008, then purchased my Emmet County.  It is now opened to the public and turned into a museum.

location-Mackinaw City, MI
players-Jen, John

my little light keeper

dog house
in the tower
After that, we walked to dinner.  We pretty much stopped at the first place we saw.  It was called Dixie's Saloon and it was packed!


The second lighthouse we went to was Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse.  We didn't tour this lighthouse, because by the time we were done with dinner it was just about to close.  We didn't have the kids with us anyway.  However, we did finally get our last three passports!

location-Mackinaw City, MI
players-Jen, John

lighthouse and the Mighty Mac