We like the sound of that….and already have plans to spend our winter months this year on the west coast!
But here and now, it also applies. We’re parked very near the eastern end of the UP, and there’s 350 miles to explore in a westerly direction.
We’ll do some of that next summer up here, but thought we’d do a little this time.
We already told you of stopping by Hog Island a couple weeks ago. That was about 55 miles to our west.
Our destination this time was double that distance: Manistique.
At first we were unenthusiastic. The town of 3400 people is the county seat for Schoolcraft County, and is the only organized community in the county of 8400 residents. Here’s a tidbit: the town was named for the river that runs through it and empties into Lake Michigan, the Monistique River. The town’s name was misspelled in its charter papers, and was stuck with the name Manistique. The river eventually became known by the town’s spelling!
Ahhh, these trips are occasions to be reminded that not everything good in a place depends upon sheer numbers of people!
But I get ahead of myself.
Along the way, our route passed within 8 miles of Seul Choix Station lighthouse. No, it’s not pronounced that way. “Sis-shwa” is correct, which seems to be kind of a combination of the French name and the Native American name. Turns out the 8 miles are 4 miles of gravel….
But seeeeee….it was worth it! Click on the photo to see the lovely details in the lighthouse tower.
The shoreline in front of the lighthouse is fascinating for at least one thing….it has waves of tiny mollusk shells. They are zebra mussels, the rogue European mollusk whose voracious eating habits are disrupting the Great Lakes ecosystem.
Our day had begun with rain, and no respite was forecast. Ahh, but there can be a benefit to going west…you run out of the rain.
But not the clouds.
Yeah, well clouds can still be the photographer’s friend, because they diffuse the light and prevent harsh shadows.
And….because they cause some high drama near sundown!
The trip west was clearly (sorry) worth the drive, and the final call at sundown was a definitely an encore performance!