5 Lighthouses & 2 Water Falls
May 14, 2005 day trip along the south shore of eastern Lake Superior in Michigan's Upper Peninsula
My Eastern UP day trip began about 9 AM when I headed across the fog enshrouded Mackinac Bridge and north on I-75 to M-28. The sky was heavily overcast and although it never rained hard, the longest period without at least a light mist was only about 25 minutes. The temperature stayed in the low 40s all day.

Turning north off 28 at M-221, I passed through the little community of Brimley and on through the Native American community of Bay Mills. Although Brimley looked the same as it did when I went to a nearby college in the 1970s, Bay Mills has added two casinos, community services buildings and a tiny community college.

The first stop of the day was the Point Iroquois Lighthouse, just west of Bay Mills in the Hiawatha National Forest. Although I have driven by this lighthouse several times and photographed it from it from the water, this was the first time I visited the lighthouse.

Point Iroquois Lighthouse
The Forest Service tuned the Point Iroquois light over to the Bay Mills-Brimley Historical Research Society in 1983. Caretakers are rotated on an annual basis. The current couple are from California. They applied for the position 5 years ago. The UP is quite a contrast from California, but a longtime dream for them. The husband lived at the light for a while during the 50s when his father was in the Coast Guard.

The tower is open to the public and I climbed the 72 steps, but with the fog there was nothing to see.

Two sections of the building are open to the public, with the balance occupied. The section next to the tower has two rooms restored to the 50s. The other has a small museum and gift shop where I met the woman caretaker. Among the exhibits is the  fourth order Fresnel lens which was originally at St. Martin's Reef light. 

Not much of a few from the tower on a foggy day
Point Iroquois Lighthouse museum
Fresnel lens from St. Martin's Reef light
White Fish Point Harbor I continued along West Lakeshore Drive (also known as Whitefish Bay Scenic Byway) then north on M-123 past the mouth of the Tahquamenon River to Paradise. Then drove north to White Fish Point, stopping at White Fish Point Harbor to photograph working and abandoned fishing vessels. 
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