June 23, 2016
Sunrises from our balcony!
On the second day of our stay in St. Ignace, we drove up to Tahquamenon Falls and Whitefish Point. North of St. Ignace are a slew of abandonned motels. It makes me wonder what it was like back in the mid-century before the larger hotels took over. I wish we had time to stop at each one and take some pics, but that will have to be at another time. There’s a town called Paradise on the way to the falls. It didn’t look like paradise to me, but doing some research afterward, I now see that there’s a resort on the lake. Another time…
At Tahquamenon there were a lower and upper falls. We didn’t hike all the way up to the upper part, but were able to see it from below.
We visited the Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum, where they have the bell of the Edmund Fitzgerald…
…and some lighthouse lenses. Was surprised to hear Brian Eno playing in the background, interspersed with “The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald.” There’s something perfect about listening to Eno while looking at a lighthouse lens.
I want one of those for my home. Just a little one would do. They are gorgeous objects. There are other buildings at that site as well, like a coast guard building and more. I regret not taking a picture of every single model ship they had in the museum, but it was very crowded.
Outside by Whitefish Point, the wind was blowing and it was so chilly. And it was so warm “down south” in St. Ignace. Imagine how it is when the gales of November come early! One could not help but feel quite melancholy contemplating how such a wonderful lake is the graveyard for so many. It was sad and beautiful at the same time.
Back in St. Ignace for a second night, we visited the Straits State Park where I snapped a pic of the Mackinac Bridge (and some year, we plan to visit the northern part of mainland Michigan). We ate at The Galley again. This time bluegills!
Even though there’s no red orb in the sky, sunsets are still great facing the east.