Carol and Steve: Michigan trip 2012 travel blog

Whitefish Point, MI Lighthouse

Whitefish Point, MI Lighthouse

Rescue boat, retired, Whitefish Point, MI Lighthouse

Rescue boat, retired, Whitefish Point, MI Lighthouse

Large freighter sailing west in front of Rescue boat, retired, Whitefish Point,...

We ate dinner here. See commentary.


From Tahquamenon we drove north to Whitefish Point where the Whitefish Point Lighthouse resides. Although the Lighthouse, constructed in 1861, was decommissioned in 1970, an automated Light was installed and this is the oldest operating lighthouse on Lake Superior. The Great Wrecks Museum is also located on this site. Over the decades there have been over 200 ship wrecks in these narrow straits. One of those ships which sunk during heavy winds and seas in waves of thirty feet was the very well know 800 foot Edmund Fitzgerald. She sank, after breaking up into three sections on November 10, 1975, in Lake Superior to a depth of 550 feet while heading east toward Whitefish Point.

Interestingly, late in the afternoon as we watched the wind blow whitecaps across Lake Superior, a very large cargo ship was sailing west from Whitefish Bay into Lake Superior through the strait. The huge ship sailed quietly through the turbulent waters unruffled by the pesky white capped seas. Otherwise, across the vast lake there were no other vessels to be seen. The border between the US and Canada splits the strait. Only the lighthouse and the museum are located at Whitefish Point.

We stopped at a small restaurant in a village called Paradise. Depending on your definition of what constitutes a paradise you might or might not think you had arrived in a rustic paradise. What made this stop special was not the good food, because it wasn’t. The chicken we ordered was like rubber. But the waitress noticed our displeasure and before we could complain came over and offered to replace our meals. We have run into this gracious behavior all over Michigan.

Regards to all, Carol and Steve



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