location-River Rouge, MI
players-Jen, Lincoln, Spencer, Jackson and Grandpa
Our 2011 lighthouse season got off to an early start. It turns out that we didn't have to wait until spring to start our explorations this year, we had a 54 degree day in February. It worked out perfectly, because two days later we got hammered with another snow storm and had two snow days at school.
We visited our first lighthouse on the east side of the state. Since it's winter we wanted to pick one that is not tourable in the summer and we wanted something else fun to do nearby. We picked Mariners' Memorial Light in River Rouge. It was built in 2003 and is the newest lighthouse in Michigan. It's located in a very industrial part of the city inside Belanger Park. The park itself is very nice and very clean. It has a great playground, although we didn't get to play in it today. Even though it was warm out, it was really windy and pure mud. It was still great to be able to get outside with the kids and not have to deal with snow pants.
|checking out the Ambassador Bridge|
|watching to Coast Guard boat go by|
|that turned into a teary wipe out|
The next part of our adventure brought us about 20 minutes away from the lighthouse to the Detroit Children's Museum. It was recently reopened and remodeled. It has some really cool displays and the kids loved it. We picked a great day to go. I think most kids were in school, so it was not crowded at all.
|Children's Museum I am at|
|Wright Brothers airplane|
|proud to be an American!|