Saturday, August 30, 2014

Grand Marais Harbor Range Lights

The final two lighthouses I visited on my trip were in Grand Marais. If you go past town just a little bit, you'll see the lighthouse right in the harbor. There were two lighthouses - one at each end of the pier. I actually haven't seen any lighthouses like these two at all.  These were built around 1895, and both are still operational. The outer range light has been replaced with a modern light, but the inner range light though still uses it's Fresnel lens, one of the few still in use in lighthouses. After this visit, I headed on my 6-hour drive back home! Of course, stopping in Mackinaw City for dinner and peanut butter fudge. ;)

Outfit details:
Lucy Polka Dot Dress c/o White Plum
Chambray Tie Top c/o Meijer

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Au Sable Light Station

On the final leg of our trip, we headed from Munising to Grand Marais to explore a few more lighthouses. Now I have the entire Pictured Rocks Shoreline covered! The upper peninsula, on the other hand, not even close. I can't believe how many lighthouses are up there. It makes sense considering it's called the "shipwreck coast"! We headed on back roads to find the light, every road kept twisting and turning and going and going with no signs, nothing. Finally we saw a sign directing us to the light, and when we got out of the car, we saw another sign that said, "Lighthouse 1.5 miles". So we had to walk another 1.5 miles to get there! Those are some of my favorite ones. Au Sable Light was built in 1874, and it's perfect. I imagined myself just moving right in there. We climbed the tower to the top, and were able to see the Grand Sable Dunes (very similar to Sleeping Bear Dunes). It was a gorgeous view!

Outfit details:
Minnie the Maneater Skirt c/o Lace Affair (similar)
Backyard Bash Top c/o ModCloth (similar)
Madewell The Crisscross Boardwalk Sandal (similar)

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Grand Island Harbor Range Rear Light

During our trip to Pictured Rocks, we went to find the Grand Island Harbor Range Rear Light. I had also driven past this one at least a few times before! If you head west from downtown Munising toward Christmas, you'll totally miss it if you're not looking. Eric and I drove past it, and I was like, "Wait! It says it's right across from the "Welcome to Christmas" sign!" Sure enough, we pulled off the road and it was sitting at the end of a tiny dirt drive. After our trip, I saw an aerial view and didn't realize there is a newer constructed lighthouse across the street (called the Bay Furnace Directional Light). After doing a little research, I found out that this lighthouse isn't even the original. There was another lighthouse built in 1868, that was moved at some point to Munising to be a residence. (I'd love to find that someday!) This steel tower was built in 1913, as part of a plan to rid of lighthouses that required keepers. This lighthouse was then deactivated, and replaced by the newer lighthouse in 1969. I loved that we were able to see this one on our trip. Hopefully I'll see it again someday when we head up to my dream trip to Isle Royale. Someday.

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Monday, August 25, 2014

Pictured Rocks National Shoreline

On our second day in Munising, we spent our time exploring the Pictured Rocks National Shoreline! I've been there once before, and absolutely fell in love. I couldn't wait to come back to see all of the lighthouses I missed, and to show Eric the shoreline for the first time. We spent our early morning heading to Miners Falls and Miners Castle. We ate lunch at Falling Rock Cafe (cutest little cafe ever) and went back to the hotel for a little nap. It was only 58ยบ for most of our trip, and some of the colors of the leaves were already starting to change! Afterwards, we headed to the ferry for our sunset cruise. It was freezing! I could have easily worn a winter jacket outside. Luckily, we snagged indoor seats on the boat, and were able to see the rocks with our window open. Plus, I saw the Grand Island East Channel Lighthouse. Another checked off the list! Afterwards, we ate a late dinner at Sydney's Restaurant. We ate mostly seafood and (local!) whitefish all weekend. So good! Perfect day spent as a Yooper.

Outfit details:
Old Navy Anchor Sweater (similar)
Laila Flats c/o Loly in the Sky