During our honeymoon in the Porcupine Mountains, we were so close to two lighthouses... that I had to go see one, right? We woke up, grabbed coffee and headed into downtown Ontonagon, which was just a few minutes from our hotel. We saw signs for lighthouse tours at the historical museum, so we went there first. I'm glad we did! I didn't realize the lighthouse was on private grounds with a gated fence. We walked into the museum, and caught the first tour out, hopped on a bus with our tour guide, and headed to the lighthouse.
This lighthouse was one of my favorites. It could be a few factors... we had an amazing tour guide named Bruce, who knew everything about this lighthouse. We were also able to go inside, into every room, and everything was put back into it's place exactly like it was in the early 1900's. There were so many amazing rooms full of woven rugs, vintage furniture, and history. Plus, we were able to climb the lighthouse tower and view Lake Superior! We also caught at glimpse of the Ontonagon West Pierhead lighthouse.
After we thoroughly toured the lighthouse, we hopped on the bus to head back to the historical museum. We headed inside for a little bit to explore. I was able to see the original fresnel lens that was in the Ontonagon Lighthouse, and Eric was taught how to play this old organ by Bruce. Afterwards, we walked across the street to Roxey's Bar and enjoyed a burger and fries! After lunch, we had every intention of visiting another abandoned lighthouse just a few miles from downtown. We ended up driving to this new housing development, parked our car and trekked out into the woods (knowing it was at least an hour walk long the beach), but we chickened out and got a little nervous, so we went back to the car. Being so far out in the middle of nowhere is kind of terrifying! I have to go back someday though, but hopefully next time I'll bring friends for protection or just ride an ATV along the beach. Haha! But seriously, some of the lighthouses on my list are so hard to get to! It's definitely a lifelong challenge to see all of them in Michigan.