Michigan Lighthouse Festival celebrating 150 Years at Big Sable Point

Summer Evening at Big Sable Point Lighthouse, photo by Craig Sterken Photography This weekend is the 2nd Annual Michigan Lighthouse Festival featuring Big Sable Point Lighthouse’s 150th Anniversary! The festival features lighthouse tours throughout the weekend, a vendor show on Saturday and Sunday, Friday Night dinner with special guest speakers, topped off with Ric Mixter … Continue reading Michigan Lighthouse Festival celebrating 150 Years at Big Sable Point

Michigan Lighthouses: Gravelly Shoal Light

Gravelly Shoals offshore Light in Saginaw Bay, photo by George Thomas The entry on Gravelly Shoal Light at Terry Pepper’s Seeing the Light begins: Point Lookout juts from the shore on the western shore of Lake Huron, approximately half-way between the mouth of the Saginaw River and Tawas Point. With only five to eighteen feet above … Continue reading Michigan Lighthouses: Gravelly Shoal Light

Six Degrees from the White Shoal Lighthouse

White Shoal Lighthouse Aerial, photo by US Coast Guard Air Station Traverse City A reader shared a link to this photo with me, and this weekend I met a woman whose husband is a mechanic for the helicopter that took this photo. I thought that was pretty cool, but I also was putting groceries in … Continue reading Six Degrees from the White Shoal Lighthouse

Cruise to 32 Lighthouses including the Skillagalee Island Light!

Ile aux Galets, courtesy Terry Pepper’s Seeing the Light I just learned about a super-cool cruise for lighthouse lovers that also benefits the Great Lakes Lighthouse Keepers Association. mLive reports: There are 80 spots available for the trip which takes place in the northern part of Lake Michigan June 5-9. It is presented by the … Continue reading Cruise to 32 Lighthouses including the Skillagalee Island Light!

Hard Luck Lights: Grand Island East Channel Lighthouse

Grand Island Lighthouse, photo by Steve Nowakowski Terry Pepper’s Seeing the Light shares the story of one of Michigan’s hard-luck lighthouses, the Grand Island East Channel Light. Work began in 1867 with the the clearing of a sandy peninsula on the southeast shore of the island: As a result of the chosen site being both on low ground and … Continue reading Hard Luck Lights: Grand Island East Channel Lighthouse

Golden Light at the Lighthouse

Golden Light at the Lighthouse, photo by PhotoJacko – Jackie Novak View Jackie’s photo bigger, see more in her Winter slideshow, and be sure to follow Jackie Novak Photography on Facebook. PS: You can do a little Throwback Thursday to January 12, 2015 and the Polar Vortex at the St. Joseph Lighthouse.

Pier Energy at Frankfort North Breakwater Lighthouse

Pier Energy, photo by Aaron Springer The Frankfort North Breakwater Lighthouse entry at Terry Pepper’s excellent Seeing the Light says the tip of the light is 72 feet off the water, making that spray over 80′ tall!! Click above for a ton more, but here’s something about the light tower: 1912 saw significant a significant change in … Continue reading Pier Energy at Frankfort North Breakwater Lighthouse

Today & Yesterday at Point Iroquois Lighthouse

Point Iroquois Lighthouse on Whitefish Bay, photo by Cole Chase Photography The Point Iroquois Lighthouse page at Terry Pepper’s Seeing the Light has a 100+ hear old photo of the light taken from almost exactly the same angle as Cole’s! View his bigger and see more great shots from fall of 2014 in his Autumn … Continue reading Today & Yesterday at Point Iroquois Lighthouse

Sunrise on McCarty’s Cove & Marquette Harbor Lighthouse

“McCarty’s Cove” Marquette Harbor Lighthouse, photo by John McCormick Just got back from Marquette, and I have to say, this is one cool city!! John took this photo back in August of 2011 at sunrise at McCarty’s Cove, one of Marquette’s best beaches according to Travel Marquette. I really had to dig (seriously, a Mining Journal … Continue reading Sunrise on McCarty’s Cove & Marquette Harbor Lighthouse

#TBT Tawas Point US Lighthouse Service Crew Training

Tawas Point Lighthouse Crew Training, photo by UpNorth Memories The U.S. Life-Saving Service Heritage Association has an excellent history of the U.S. Life-Saving Service that says in part: In 1878 the growing network of lifesaving stations was finally organized as a separate agency of the Treasury Department and named the U.S. Life-Saving Service. Sumner I. … Continue reading #TBT Tawas Point US Lighthouse Service Crew Training