Waugoshance Shoal, Lake Michigan, photo by katbailey718.
Check out Waugoshance Shoal Lighthouse at Terry Pepper’s Seeing the Light for much more history and some photos. Also see the Waugoshance Lighthouse Preservation Society for information about what is being done to preserve this lighthouse (and a ghost story).
If you are interested in lighthouses and their preservation, be sure to check out out latest Michigan Site of the Week, the Michigan Lighthouse Fund.
Check out the whole set of Chicago to Mac photos by biggunner.
You can watch the race online via t2p.tv. If you want to watch the boats pass, Torreson Marine lists some of the best locations on Michigan’s western shore to see them (and also has tons of info and photos from past years all the way back to 1995). The fastest boats typically finish at 30-40 hours and Sunday morning is a great time to see them in northern Michigan.
The online history of the race is scant, but Wikipedia’s entry on the Chicago to Mackinac Boat Race says:
It is one of the longest fresh-water races in the world with hundreds of boats entering the race each year. It starts at Chicago and finishes at Mackinac Island, Michigan crossing Lake Michigan and just entering Lake Huron. The race course runs 333 miles (536 km). 294 boats completed the 2005 race with finishes ranging from 33 to 69 elapsed hours. Steve Fossett set the overall race record, 18 hours, 50 minutes, in 1998 with the yacht, the Stars and Stripes. Roy E. Disney set the monohull record, 23 hours, 30 minutes, in Pyewacket in 2002.
The first race was run in 1898, with the sloop Vanenna winning against four boats. Racers who have completed 25 of the annual races are called “Island Goats”.
Dancing Waves, photo by Tom McCall
Tom McCall is a member of the 73+ year-old Twin City Camera Club (of St. Joseph & Benton Harbor). I met Tom over the weekend, and even though the St. Joe North Pier Light is disproportionally featured in our lighthouse photos (I promise to address this!), I think it’s a great shot to use introduce you to both Tom and the TCCC.
So, visit club, view their many galleries and learn more about them. You’ll see a link on the right bar to the TCCC – we’re also going to be linking to other clubs (Michigan only) and representatives may want to send a note to email@example.com.
untitled, photo by puja.
Perhaps there's a message in there about respecting the power of the Great Lakes when enjoying them in the summer. It's always sad for me when I hear about someone who got caught in a riptide and drowned while enjoying swimming in the waves.
Water Safety & Rip Currents from Michigan Sea Grant has some great advice for how to avoid rip currents (which apparently grab 40,000 swimmers a year from US beaches and are deadlier than lightning or tornados). They also tell you how to handle yourself if you do get caught in one of these powerful currents: stay calm, don’t fight the current and swim parallel to the shoreline.
Arcadia-No11 boat- 128, photo by Simonds.
Michigan Golf Magazine says that Arcadia Bluffs offers one the most dazzling collection of golf holes in the United States. Visit the web site for Arcadia Bluffs Golf Course (located about 20 minutes north of Manistee on M-22).
Lighthouse, photo by jleemaster11.
Travel Michigan links to St. Joseph Old Main Lighthouse at the Michigan Lighthouse Conservancy (which links in turn to this Lighthouses of the Western Great Lakes from Terry Pepper).
I hope everyone gets a chance to get out and experience some of this great state (or wherever you find yourself) this Memorial Day Weekend.
Little Traverse Bay Sunset, photo by nomm de photo.
You can see more of Rein Nomm's photos (including this cool shot titled "Pile Face") by clicking the photo above and even more (including a large collection of editorial stock photography) at his website.
Sleeping Bear Dunes Overlook, photo by Mark Houston
Mark Houston’s 360Michigan features a staggering number of 360 degree panoramas from all over Michigan. These images allow you to spin in every direction and if you’ve never experienced one, you owe it to yourself to check these out!
The photo above is a section of a panorama of the overlook on the Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive in the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. (trail information) Now get on over to 360Michigan.