Photographs by Frank

11 October 2021

Great Lakeshores (2021 Road Trip)

Filed under: Landscapes,Road Trips — Frank @ 9:30 PM

After our trek on “the 200s”, we spent the next five nights in Michigan exploring the Lake Superior and Lake Huron shores. We spent two nights near the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore area, two nights further east on Whitefish Bay (both Lake Superior) and one night in Harrisville, MI on Lake Huron.

While at the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, we did a 10 mile hike visiting both Chapel Rock/Beach and Mosquito Beach along the way. The four mile stretch between these two beaches is reached only on foot or by boat. The scenery was spectacular although the weather (heavy overcast and some fog) was not ideal for photography. This was true for most of our visit to Pictured Rocks.

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Lakeshore #1 (Raven/Chapel Rock)
Lakeshore #1 (Raven/Chapel Rock)
Lakeshore #2 (Chapel Rock)
Lakeshore #2 (Chapel Rock)
Lakeshore #3
Lakeshore #3
Lakeshore #4 (Grand Portal Point)
Lakeshore #4 (Grand Portal Point)
Lakeshore #5
Lakeshore #5
Lakeshore #6 (Grand Portal Point)
Lakeshore #6 (Grand Portal Point)
Lakeshore #7
Lakeshore #7
Lakeshore #8
Lakeshore #8
Lakeshore #9
Lakeshore #9
Lakeshore #10
Lakeshore #10
Lakeshore #11
Lakeshore #11
Lakeshore #12
Lakeshore #12
Lakeshore #13
Lakeshore #13
Lakeshore #14
Lakeshore #14
Lakeshore #15
Lakeshore #15
Lakeshore #16 (Lake Huron Sunset)
Lakeshore #16 (Lake Huron Sunset)

Of course, where there is shore there are lighthouses. I photographed a few! Perhaps the most interesting of these was the lifesaving station at Vermillion. It is a little off the beaten path! I was looking at the map of the Whitefish Bay area and noticed a point marked Vermillion on the Lake Superior shore. It was at the end of a dirt road about seven or eight miles from the main road. Intrigued and knowing nothing more, we headed for Vermillion and were glad we did. At the end of the road was a nature preserve and a well preserved lifesaving station, but no lighthouse. It was well worth the trip.

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Whitefish Point Light and Foghorn, Lake Superior (MI)
Whitefish Point Light and Foghorn, Lake Superior (MI)
Lifesaving Station (Vermillion, MI)
Lifesaving Station (Vermillion, MI)
Point Iroquois Light, Lake Superior (MI)
Point Iroquois Light, Lake Superior (MI)
40 Mile Point Light, Lake Huron (MI)
40 Mile Point Light, Lake Huron (MI)
Old Presque Isle Light, Lake Huron (MI)
Old Presque Isle Light, Lake Huron (MI)
New Presque Isle Light, Lake Huron, (MI)
New Presque Isle Light, Lake Huron, (MI)

While we were camped in Harrisville, MI we decided that it was time to head home. The distance from Harrisville, MI to Antrim, NH is roughly 800 miles. We made this distance in two days. We stopped for the night in a motel near Rochester, NY and made it home late afternoon on Friday (8 October)… exactly one month and 6,772 miles after we set out.

2 Comments

  1. overcast and fog actually added to the mood and depth of your wonderful photos (just my opinion). esp lakeshore#4

    Comment by ibever@aol.com — 11 October 2021 @ 10:21 PM

  2. Even Mother Nature didn’t stop you from creating wonderful B&W images! I spent several days in the UP (upper Peninsula) and was impressed with the scenery i captured. A long weekend in Door county gave me my fill of lighthouses. I know I didn’t log that many miles getting around! your second set of pix were perfect for a mono feel – especially some of these older structures.

    how many pix did you take in all? More than the miles you drove???

    Comment by Joe Kennedy — 12 October 2021 @ 7:31 AM

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