Michigan Lighthouses

Day 121

We are greeted wherever we go.

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     The lighthouses of Lake Michigan are still functioning, although not needed. With the requirements that larger boats must carry designated navigation equipment, the need for lighthouses has ceased.

    On our circle tour of Lake Michigan we have seen so far 19 lighthouses.

     The first beacon for navigation on the continent was erected in Massachusetts in 1673, with the first lighthouse being erected in Boston Harbor in 1716.

     On the Great Lakes the first lighthouse was located at Buffalo, New York, at the “junction of Buffalo Creek and Lake Erie,” and was erected in 1818. The first lighthouse on Lake Michigan was at St. Joseph Island, built in 1832.

     Back in 1789 all lighthouses were placed under the jurisdiction of the U.S. Lighthouse Services. President Roosevelt consolidated the U.S. Lighthouse Service with the U.S. Coast Guard in 1939 where it remains to this day.

     During the 1960’s most of these lighthouses were decommissioned by the Coast Guard. Although still under their jurisdiction, they are dismantling them or selling them. The ones we are visiting have been taken over by the local historical society or organizations such as The Lighthouse Keepers Association.

 

     We were able to tour the White River Lighthouse.

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the Muskegon lighthouse.

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and the Little Sable Point Lighthouse

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Fresnel Lense 

We next wanted to tour The Mears Light House.

Was this it?

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Nope. That is the Ludington Breakwater Lighthouse.

How about this one? 

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     Yep, that’s it. No more traditional lighthouses. Current lighthouses are unmanned, powered by solar, use LED lights which are controlled by automatic sensors that turn them on in bad weather and darkness.

      I got a fish for dinner, but Barbara would not clean or cook him.

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Man traveling Country in RV looking for cook.

 

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Montague, Michigan

Day 120

   One of the great things about traveling around the Country in an RV is that you stumble upon the unique treasures of America, like the country’s tallest weathervane:

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     At Michigan’s Heritage Park in Whitehall, Barbara decided she likes living in an RV rather than a wigwam:

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She also learned how to make candles,Day 119 White River MI4391_Fotor

and throw the atlatl, 

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     This device is like a sling shot. In her hand is the thrower which has leather straps for her fingers and a hook in which the spear fits. She hurls her arm forward, holding on to the thrower which propels the spear with great force. She did pretty good. 

    During our travels we set up camp and explore up to a 100 miles from our campsite. We like driving through all the small towns. It is a challenge, since most of these towns did not consider a 21 ft. long, 8 ft. wide pickup truck with dual rear wheels when they laid out the roads. Nevertheless, we have not encounter any unsurmountable problems. 

Blue Lake, Michigan

Day 119

Travel:

     We are camping in Blue Lake, Michigan, but we haven’t found the blue lake. What we did find was the White River which empties into White Lake which empties into Lake Michigan. There we found this light house.Day 119 White River MI4402_Fotor

     I would not think it is very effective, being below the tree line.

     We are currently traveling around Lake Michigan on what they call The Lake Circle Tour. It is the only great lake you can circle without a passport. We entered the circle on the east side from Ohio. We will follow the tour around the top of Lake Michigan and down the West side to Wisconsin. At our current pace, we anticipate this to take 3 weeks to a month.

Technical Stuff:

Grand Rapids, MI to Blue Lake, MI 62.4 miles

1 hour 30 minutes

11.5 MPG

 

 

Grand Rapids, Michigan

Day 116

Travel:

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     We joined a club called Harvest Hosts. For a modest yearly fee, they provide you with locations around the Country of farms, wineries, and orchards, where you can park your RV overnight without additional fees.

     Our first use of this program brought us to Robinette’s Apple Haus & Winery.

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Did we choose this one for the apples or wine?

    We are parked in the cherry orchard. Unfortunately, we just missed the cherry picking season (July). They are now doing peaches and apricots. Our only problem were the big bugs.

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See you down the road

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Technical Stuff:

Grand Haven to Grand Rapids 64.4 miles

1 hour 42 minutes

10.6 MPG

Diesel: 2.05

Grand Haven, Michigan

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     Grand Haven is the headquarters of the U.S. Coast Guard on Lake Michigan. Every August the town of Grand Haven honors the Coast Guard with a festival. We were able to tour 6 ships, 5 of the Coast Guard, all ice breakers, and a Canadian patrol and rescue boat. (I can never remember, are they “ships” or “boats”?)

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There are 95 operating lighthouses on Lake Michigan. 

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It says “Welcome Steven and Barbara, RV’ers”.

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Barbara and those guys in uniform.

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Holland, Michigan

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     Holland, Michigan wants to be Holland, Netherlands. From wooden shoes 

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to windmills.

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Our guide was born and raised in the Netherlands.

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     Although we are traveling, Barbara still keeps my nose to the grindstone.

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     Finally, in addition to beautiful grounds and flowers, they had a player organ.

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     We ate lunch here, but they used a microwave rather than a Dutch Oven.

Kalamazoo, Michigan

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     Kalamazoo is not only familiar by the Glen Miller song, I’ve Got a Gal In Kalamazoo, but also because it is the birthplace of William Upjohn, the founder of the Upjohn Company, who make a majority of our medicines. Originally called The Upjohn Pill and Granule Company. Medicine in this time (1884) were in powder form. Dr. Upjohn developed the friable pill, in which he compressed the powdered medicine to create a stable pill that could and was easily dissolvable in the stomach.

     In walking through the city, we stopped at a park and saw about 50 – 60 people, of all ages, in which EVERYONE was on their smart phone. It was weird. We soon realized they were

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playing the pokeman-go game. We stopped a woman to ask her about it, and she said she does it because not only was the game fun, but it kept tract of how far she walked. She tries to do 10,000 steps. At this point she had done 8,000. Since we walk an average of 2-5 miles a day, we saw no need to play the game.