Hi friends! We're back from our long weekend on Beaver Island, and I'm so excited to (finally) have a few posts ready to publish! Summer has been SO busy... and along with me not feeling great (headaches, still!), I just haven't had the motivation to work an eight-hour day at my career, and then come home, sit on the computer, edit photos and blog all night. It's been a balance I haven't been able to achieve yet, but I'm working on it! So let's kick off with our first day on Beaver Island! I've been looking forward to this trip for a while, and I was so excited to see both of the lighthouses on the island. First up, we saw the Beaver Island Harbor Light!
We traveled from Charlevoix to Beaver Island (in the middle of Lake Michigan) by ferry! It took about two hours, and honestly was a super nice boat ride. I loved exiting through the channel and seeing the Charlevoix Lighthouse too! That was the first lighthouse Eric and I saw right after being engaged actually! So we made it to the island, checked into our inn, grabbed dinner, and biked over to the lighthouse. I'll publish a full travel guide on what we did on the island later in the week... but for now, let's chat about the Beaver Island Harbor Light! You see it immediately (while you're on the ferry) and it's also really easy to walk/bike to from the main area of town. For whatever odd reason, I really loved this little lighthouse. It felt historic, no new expansions or builds on it, and the white structure set against the gray blue sky was just so pretty.
The original light on the island was built in 1856, and this structure was built in 1870. It's known also as the "St. James Light" or "Whiskey Point Lighthouse" too. This little harbor was known as a safe haven from storms in the middle of Lake Michigan, which shipwrecked many boats. The lighthouse here used to have dwellings with it, but now just the tower stands... and it's still in active use today! I loved seeing the red blinking light back from the main area of town. Beaver Island has so much unique history (a man who claimed himself as "king" who was assassinated). It was fun to learn the bits and pieces about the island while we were there!
Other unique fact about the island is the climate... which often boasts very cold winters, and very humid summers. Ahem, if you haven't noticed (my hair). Once we checked into our inn, I curled my hair, hopped on my bike, and by the time we made it to the lighthouse, I only had frizz and natural waves and little wing-dingies that I once called bangs. Holy moly, it was SO humid this weekend! I survived mostly in jeans, sandals and t-shirts, so if you're expecting any sort of personal style inspiration from this week's posts, don't. Hahaha! I feel like this time of year is so hard, no matter what, and I usually find more inspiration once August/September start to hit. July, you muggy thing, you! I sure do love you though (as a July birthday, Leo gal, I have a soft spot for you!)
This is almost the exact outfit I wore in my previous post (on my bike) but I haven't officially done an 'outfit' post yet... but these are my new "perfect summer jeans" from Madewell. I'm obsessed! They are very much mom-jeans, but I'm okay with that. And this open-back tie top from Madewell was also another purchase recently (and constantly worn on repeat) along with my tawny accessories. I honestly didn't even realize I was wearing 100% Madewell in this post, but it makes sense, I sure do love Madewell! (Also, if you're wondering, this is the link to my bike! I recently got it, and LOVE it! Super lightweight, and obviously, super cute.)