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Lighthouse Tuesday, UP Thursday

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Original lens, Cana Island Lighthouse

Original lens, Cana Island Lighthouse

Some of you remember when we traveled to Maine last July and took you along to see some of the lighthouses there.  Well, this past Tuesday we explored Door County, that long peninsula that sticks out into Lake Michigan off the eastern edge of Wisconsin.   There are several lighthouses along the coast and we found a few of them.  Want to see a couple?

Below is Bailey’s Harbor lights.  Ship captains lined up the red marker with the lights behind it (see the third structure way in the back?) to know they were in the deepest water of the harbor.

Bailey's Harbor Range Lights

Bailey’s Harbor Range Lights

 

And here’s Cana Island Lighthouse, built in 1869.

 

Cana Island

Cana Island

You can go up to the top of this one and enjoy the beautiful view of the lake.

Lighthouse keeper (aka lighthouse docent)

Lighthouse keeper (aka lighthouse docent)

 

That’s always the best part of lighthouses, at least for me.  Going up the stairs and out into the fresh air with a stunning view.  I like to imagine what it was like to live there every day.

Window on the world

Window on the world

Of course I imagine the beautiful sunny days like the day we were there, and don’t think too much about those long days in January and February.  And March.

 

Then there’s Eagle Bluff Lighthouse, built in 1868.  This one has a tour, but we had to be back in Green Bay for meetings and didn’t have time.

Eagle Bluff

Eagle Bluff

It’s a stunning lighthouse, brick just glowing in the late afternoon sun, beautiful colors, the red roof, green shutters and golden walls.  It looked like the quintessential lighthouse, sitting high above the lake,  and it just glowed.

Windows watching

Windows watching

We spent the day Wednesday in important meetings surrounding truck safety, then Thursday morning we headed north, through stunning farm country in northern Wisconsin…

We saw these cement silos everywhere

We saw these cement silos everywhere

…and on into the western Upper Peninsula where we stopped at an iron mine tourist attraction.  Do you think this giant mining guy…

 

Miner guy

Miner guy

….looks a lot like the giant lobster guy we saw in Maine?

 

Lobster guy

Lobster guy

Me too.

Tomorrow we’re going to explore a little bit of the Porcupine Mountains.  It’s just past peak color here, still very beautiful.  I’m hoping for sunny weather.  Maybe with puffy clouds just for good measure.

Beautiful

Beautiful

I have a more serious, more contemplative blog to write about our meetings.  It’s churning around in my mind and will spew out sooner or later.  Tonight’s not the night.  Tonight just enjoy the beautiful scenery.

We sure did.

Adventures!

Adventures!

 

 

Author: dawnkinster

I'm a long time banker having worked in banks since the age of 17. I took a break when I turned 50 and went back to school. I graduated right when the economy took a turn for the worst and after a year of library work found myself unemployed. I was lucky that my previous bank employer wanted me back. So here I am again, a long time banker. Change is hard.

9 thoughts on “Lighthouse Tuesday, UP Thursday

  1. Fall colors are beautiful.

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  2. sounds like you are having a wonderful adventure

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  3. I LOVE the fall colors — and the view from within the lighthouse. Funny, but I’m not so sure I’d want to live in a lighthouse, though, especially since you reminded me about those bitter Winter months! You’re wise to explore on a sunny day.

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  4. Scenery is great, Dawn, and the lighthouses are fascinating. Here’s a thought re trucks, though, tangential to your concerns but perhaps somehow relevant: I just read that the road tax on diesel has not been increased since 1984. I’m pretty sure that’s the year. The trucking industry is very loud in their claims to be paying big taxes for roads, but in fact taxpayers are subsidizing the industry, paying for needed road repairs.

    Okay, enough for today. Enjoy the rest of your trip!

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  5. Lighthouses are so cool. Mom visited a neat-o one in Hawaii
    Lily & Edward

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  6. I love the lighthouses! They’re all so unique and pretty.

    Only in the US would you find giant lobstermen and miners. Why is that?

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  7. Great collection of lighthouse shots, Dawn!
    I’m pretty sure Lobster Guy and Miner Guy are long separated brothers 😉

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  8. Nice lighthouse pictures. One of the gifts of the Great Lakes…fabulous lighthouses. I have heard so many stories over the years about lighthouse keepers and the kind of lives they lived. Doesn’t it sound like an idealistic dream to live in one? If you could choose any lighthouse in which to live, which one would you pick?

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