Wooooo! We’re onto posts from our trip to the upper peninsula… finally! Over Labor Day weekend, we took a long trip up to Escanaba, Michigan! I had never been before, and was really excited to explore a whole new part of the U.P. I hadn’t been to yet. We left Thursday night, hit up dinner in Petoskey, and then stayed overnight in Mackinaw City before venturing across the bridge on Friday morning. Our first full day… we checked out the Manisitique area, which is on the way to Escanaba! I had been there once before, but hadn’t seen any of the lighthouses yet, so that was a priority, of course. First up?! The Seul Choix Lighthouse in Gulliver! Pronounced Sis-shwa, the name means "only choice". It was named by the French who found it was the only harbor of refuge in this part of Lake Michigan. I was so excited to explore this one!
You have to venture off the main road to get here, and take a long dirt road, but it’s really not too tricky to get to! The lighthouse itself is beautiful, and they have it available as a museum and you can tour and climb the tower. This one is tall! Eric got spooked and had to leave me at the top to take pictures by myself. 🤣 But yeah, we walked through the boat house, and even bought a little nautical boat for our living room from their gift shop! It was BRIGHT outside though and I was so nervous about the photos not turning out, but I think they ended up being okay! Our entire trip, we had beautiful weather. It was still warm enough to mosey around all day, but you could layer up a little bit more with jackets and sweaters!
One of my favorite things about this lighthouse… are the many sightings of a haunting. Visitors and workers at the lighthouse have reported “strange happenings”, including moved silverware and other items, the sound of footsteps and of someone climbing the lighthouse steps, and a strong smell of cigars. Apparently the president of the historical society said she has seen the former lighthouse keeper in a round mirror on three separate occasions. The keeper from 1902 to 1920 (Joseph Townsend) died in the upstairs bedroom, and was buried in a nearby coffin. He was a cigar smoker in life, so that’s where the “smell of cigar” comes from. Oooh! I even had a reader comment on my Instagram story about this lighthouse saying him and his wife often visit this lighthouse and know the “ghost” well because it’s part of their family history/tree. SO FUN. I love stuff like that so much! 👻
We didn’t see any spooky things during our visit, but I was also unaware of the “haunting” otherwise I definitely would have paid more attention when we were there! Usually after we visit haunted places on the blog, I’m scouring through my photos to see if I spot anything spooky in a mirror or through a window. I definitely want to visit more places though — I used to always do a series of “spooky” or haunted places in Michigan around Halloween-time. I’ll have to pick up that tradition again this year… so fun! After we hung out for a while, toured the grounds, climbed the tower, and snapped some pictures, we headed out for an afternoon in Manistique. So I’ll be back with a blog post from our afternoon! xo