Change Is Hard

…but change is certain.

So, as I was saying…


Let’s see, before Katie decided you needed a Katie fix I was about to take you over the Mackinaw Bridge and on into the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. My friend, who was in the passenger seat, got some really cool shots of the bridge as we drove over it. I should ask her to share them here…but meanwhile let’s go see what we saw once we left downstate behind.

On our way to a lighthouse.

You might think that the UP (short for Upper Peninsula) is nothing but trees and lakes and mosquitos. You would, of course, be wrong. Thought not far wrong…there’s plenty of all that too.

For example there’s the lighthouses. Did you know Michigan has more lighthouses than Maine? Yea…I forgot, I told you that factoid a few years ago when we were traveling in Maine.

This one is in Mackinaw City, at the Southern end of the big bridge.

We visited one of them on our first full day in the UP. It’s a lighthouse that’s not easy to get to, and they tell you on their website and in their literature not to try to find it using GPS.

Trust me, they know what they’re talking about.

Only 6.5 more miles to go!

There’s no GPS or any kind of service out there, and you get dropped while you’re still miles away in the middle of the middle of nowhere. You need to follow sandy, sometimes two track roads. But the route is mostly well-marked (except for one very important corner where I had a 50/50 chance of guessing right but went left) so if you pay attention and follow the signs you will eventually get to Crisp Point Lighthouse.

Your first glimpse of Crisp Point Lighthouse makes you smile.

It’s definitely worth the multi-mile drive through the woods on roads filled with deep holes and standing water. Actually, the roads are one of the reasons I love it so. There are fewer people (but not NO people!) out there. You definitely won’t want to take your RV on those roads, and there’s nowhere to turn around, but if you have a car with a bit of clearance you’ll be fine.

Anyway, once you’re finally there, and have breathed your sigh of relief, you’ll be able to climb the tower if volunteers are on duty to open it up. We were lucky and got to enjoy the view from the top.

From inside the tower you can see forever.

And then, since my friend is into rock picking, we walked the beach looking for perfect stones. Though to be honest they all looked like perfect stones to me.

Take your pick, you can’t go wrong!

She’s a rock painter, someone who paints rocks with cute colors and pictures and than hides them for people, often kids, to find. It’s a thing. And I found out how fun it is to hide her painted stones as we left more than a dozen behind during the three days we were out exploring, tucked into crevices across the UP.

Wonder who found this painted turtle?

So I looked for smooth, white rocks that would be good for painting, and she looked for specific types of stones, like quartz (we both found some of that) and granite (lots of it!) and pudding stones (maybe!) and all sorts of others. I don’t remember most of it, but I was pretty good at finding smooth white stones.

Eventually we had to leave this perfect place and find our way back to the world of paved roads. We intended to spend the evening at Whitefish Point, several miles up the Lake Superior shoreline. Maybe there would be a sunset. Maybe there would be stars.

Waiting on the sun.

Maybe…just maybe we’d get to see the last super moon rise up from Lake Superior. And, of course, there’s a lighthouse there too.

An entirely different kind of lighthouse at Whitefish Point.

Well, it turns out there wasn’t much sunset, though it was still beautiful.

The cloudless sky turned orange and the most interesting part were the people watching it set.

And the moon obliterated most of the stars…so we didn’t stay real late, and we made it back to the hotel in Sault Ste. Marie shortly before midnight.

It was amazing.

Just in time to get a good night’s sleep in order to get up and do it all over again in the morning!

Do you see the hidden treasure?

Were should we go next?

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.

33 thoughts on “So, as I was saying…

  1. Thanks for sharing such great pictures from such a beautiful place –
    Our family vacation often included a trip over that bridge – and we sometimes visited some of my dad’s cement accounts – Alpena comes to mind –

    Willow and Phyll
    PeeEssWoo: I got some Flamin’ Fury peaches today – and when I looked ’em up, I see where the variety originated!

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  2. I just want to follow behind you and find those rocks.

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  3. What a wonderful share, Dawn. And how lucky for you to have a friend who creates those treasures for others to find.
    What a great trip!


  4. The rocks you all picked up are so pretty. I had to Google pudding stones as I had no idea what those were. No GPS–kinda like things used to be. 😆 Feels like the wild west without any connections. How breathtaking, though.


  5. You have so much energy! The pictures, of course, are great.


  6. More lighthouses than Maine?! Say it isn’t so! 😉


  7. Those smooth flat rocks are that way as the Lake has naturally tumbled them over and over.
    I have on occasion been known to paint a rock or two. Thank you to your friend for leaving treasures behind… we all love to find them!
    Lovely lighthouse and sunset and moon. Life is good!


  8. Beautiful! I just spent this last week on Lake Huron. Such an incredible area.


    • I haven’t spent near enough time on the Lake Huron side Katie and I camped over there once, at Harrisville and I always meant to go back. Maybe I will someday, though without her it won’t be the same.


  9. Beautiful images, Dawn. What a wonderful trip this must have been. 🙂


  10. The beach looks like a dream.


  11. Such gorgeous scenery — very pure Michigan! I love the lighthouses … and the idea of hiding painted stones for others to find. That must brighten their day, too! Eager for your next adventure, Dawn.


  12. Oh, that moon. But the water! and the beaches! sigh.

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  13. Wow you had a great trip! I love that you gals were leaving pretty rocks, I love to see them in town…someone is making some kids feel special when they find them! Thank you!


  14. Beautiful photos of the adventure – that sunset is gorgeous and you captured the moon!! WOW. I’m so happy to read you took the adventure and had fun! 🥰🤗


  15. Michigan has the most lighthouses of any state in the USA! The oldest lighthouse is in New Jersey, however. And the tallest lighthouse is in North Carolina. But Michigan … Michigan takes the cake. 🙂 On the other hand, I gotta love my own Pacific Northwest Oregon and Washington lighthouses on the Pacific Ocean.


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