The second lighthouse on our trip along the thumb was Pointe aux Barques Lighthouse. It's only about 10 minutes away from Harbor Beach Lighthouse, actually! I loved touring the thumb because you could follow one highway the entire way and hit lighthouse after lighthouse. That's my kind of highway! This one reminded me a ton of Sturgeon Point Lighthouse. I was looking at my Timehop app realizing Eric and I took our lighthouse weekend trip exactly one year ago. I think I'm going to have to make this a yearly tradition!
Pointe aux Barques means "Point of Little Boats". It is one of the ten oldest lighthouses in Michigan. It's one of the most dangerous spots in Lake Huron, as ships make their way around the thumb. We weren't allowed to climb the tower, because this one is still active and is maintained by the coast guard. They do open it up a few times a year though, like fourth of July and Labor Day weekends. I might have to go back someday just to climb the tower! It's one of the best parts of lighthouse exploring!
Eric and I toured the house, reading all about the shipwrecks in the area and walking around the lighthouse keepers quarters. The lighthouse was located right by a camping area, so there were quite a few people there riding bikes, picnicing and camping. I'd love to go camping there sometime! It's kind of on my "wishlist" for this year to invest in a small camper that we can use on the weekends. We're constantly doing these small weekend trips, and to be honest... I'd like to do even more of them. It just seems like a good (and super fun!) investment for us. We'll see... hopefully next summer.
I got this dress from ModCloth earlier this summer. I went on a nautical craze early on this season, so it's been really easy to plan outfits for visiting these lighthouses. I saw more lighthouses this summer than I ever have and I'm so grateful. I've decided to not really trek out to many during the winter, because it's brutal cold on the piers/by the water, most of them are closed in the colder months and it's just so much more fun in the summer... so I had to get my fix before fall and winter approach!