Category Archive: lighthouses

California Coast, Part 1: Solace, Beaches, Elephant Seals, Other Seals, Otters, a Hike, a Lighthouse, and a Stop at 927 Beer Company

The third week of April I left Utah for a 2 week solo trip, starting just north of Morro Bay on the California Coast. I had seen stretches of the Pacific Coast in… Continue reading

A Visit with Nick and An Aside on Taking Photos of Porta-Potties

I would like to start this post with an aside. It’s kind of related to our visit with Tom’s son Nick. I am not good at taking pictures of people. Not so much… Continue reading

Thirty Mile Lighthouse and Chimney Bluffs State Park

The gorgeous Thirty Mile Point Lighthouse on Lake Ontario was one of the most lovely I’ve visited. Built in 1875, the lighthouse reflects Victorian architectural tastes and has many orate touches including cut… Continue reading

Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, Part 1: Sunset Cruise Along the Cliffs

At the end of our first full day at Pictured Rocks we boarded one of the cruises that tour the western section of the lakeshore. Hoping to see the evening sun on the… Continue reading

Sugarloaf Mountain, Big Bay Lighthouse, and More Lake Superior Shoreline

While staying with Tom’s cousin and his wife we had a day in which we went out and did our own exploring. Starting at Sugarloaf Mountain, we climbed the short trail to the… Continue reading

Manganese Falls, Estivant Pines Sanctuary, Copper Harbor, and Fort Wilkins State Park

After setting up camp in Fort Wilkins State Park just outside the town of Copper Harbor we took Manganese Road out to Manganese Falls, a forty-ish foot cascade within a gorge. Of course… Continue reading

Keweenaw Peninsula Love: Eagle River Falls, Tempestuous Coast, Eagle Harbor Lighthouse, and More

The Keweenaw Peninsula is gorgeous. Like, if they didn’t get an average of 300 inches of snow a year (yes, you’re reading that correctly), I would consider living there someday. The peninsula has… Continue reading

Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, Part 1: Cruising the Islands

Our first morning at the Apostle Islands Lakeshore we took a three and a quarter hour cruise that travels a total of fifty-five miles around many of the twenty-two islands. The Lakeshore, which… Continue reading

Split Rock Lighthouse State Park, the Briefest Possible Stop at Gooseberry Falls State Park, Two Harbors, and Canal Park in Duluth

The picturesque, octagonal-towered Split Rock Lighthouse, was built after the disastrous November 1905 storm that claimed eleven lives and nine ships on the relatively small Lake Superior coastline of Minnesota, one of which… Continue reading

Artists’ Point and Grand Marais, Minnesota

Grand Marais turned out to be an extremely enjoyable stop. After weeks of mostly hiking we decided to set up in the city campground on the south side of the bay and just… Continue reading