Last May, Mitch & I took a fast flying trip into Syracuse, NY to pick up a truck & drive it home to northern MN.
We wove our way through waterfalls of New York's Finger Lakes Region (which were my favorite), Niagara Falls, and continued around & between all five of the Great Lakes on our route home.
Early today I exchanged emails with a fellow blogger friend, that had me thinking of those shores we navigated.. and a little town we visited along our way that had a special sort of pull on us: Port Sanilac, Michigan.
I took so many photos in those fast-packed few days, that I hadn't even edited or gone through these of Port Sanilac yet. It was fun to unearth them.
FYI: The Sanilac lighthouse & light keeper's residence is for sale for just under $1 million.
I allowed myself a little daydreaming on this cold winter day. :)
Part of what's neat about this lighthouse, is that it's right in town, nestled among a quiet residential street, like a good neighbor. It's also the first private property lighthouse I've ever visited. The many other lighthouses we've been to are owned by State or National Park Service, or historical organizations. This one is private property, so we stayed respectfully outside the fence.
The original Fresnel lens is still operative, being one of
only 70 such lenses that remain operational in the U.S. -
sixteen of them are used on the Great Lakes, of which eight are in Michigan.
Built in 1886, it's 59 foot double brick tower continues to operate & shine across Lake Huron's shoreline. The property overlooks the Port Sanilac Harbor - which was quiet as can be.
A perfect way to spend the late part of day; with my toes in water, I dug
through wave-tumbled rocks, filling pockets with my finds.
I keep a jar of sand, shells, or rocks from just about every place
I go. These were my first from Lake Huron.
Spending some time on the pier, we saw just one or two people fishing, otherwise just ducks & seagulls.
Mid-May, the vines growing on the structure were just coming to life again.
There were places where vine cover had been removed and had left the bricks perfectly engraved with their pattern.
After driving another 260 miles late into the night, our next stop was the Mackinac Bridge & Lighthouse. Another fine lighthouse & at which point we met up with Lake Michigan.
Would you love to live in a lighthouse?
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