|Next door is a solid stairway to the water with level terraces to enjoy the lake.|
For the last three years of my working life I flew from SoCal to Sacramento every week to work at our headquarters. Bill picked me up at the airport every Thursday and most of those we stopped at Bob's Big Boy for dinner. That one, and most of the others, are all gone now. Seeing that Michigan has a few is exciting, and the sign for the one in Manistique (where our state park is) means that's our first-day-lunch :-)
|The familiar icon.|
|Making it their own! Also the only moose we see while in the UP.|
Although the menu no longer includes our two favorites, we're able to order combinations that make them ourselves. Even more happy!
After the great mosquito debacle I keep my outside sitting to a minimum, but a nice glass of Sangria, and this spectacular view, wrap up a wonderful Summer Solstice.
The plan is to see the Big Spring nearby, and ride the little raft over the top. But Wednesday morning the wind is up and that now sounds like something for a calmer day - which we hope for on our last day.
|Schoolcraft Historic Water Tower - 1922 structure held a 200,000 gallon water tank.|
|The siphon bridge was included in Ripley's Believe It or Not. Built in 1919, the road across it was at the water's level. The design meant the river helped to hold up the bridge.|
|This beautiful 1886 ladder truck is housed in one of three other historic buildings on the site.|
The Seul Choix ("only choice") Lighthouse is the last remaining active station on the north side of Lake Michigan. The grounds include the historic two-story keepers' house, the fog signal house, and the boat house. A separate building that houses the gift shop was built in 1996. The $6 fee to tour the grounds and all the buildings is a great deal.
|Seul Choix Tower and Keepers' House|
|The signal house includes exhibits on the local community of Gulliver.|
|Fossils found during the initial builds.|
|Late season Lilacs|
|There were 6 Keepers in 100 years and all of their families have returned several personal items that were used by their ancestors who worked here.|
|96 steps in this beautiful spiral stairway in the tower.|
|Period pieces were added to this room in the 1990's. The room was the birthing room where over 40 babies were born in 100 years.|
|Two of the three upstairs bedrooms where three keepers and their families (18 people at one time) all slept.|
|Dated in the mid 1700's, this dug-out boat was discovered in 1974 in the dunes near the light station.|
|Seney Wildlife Refuge is our next stop, but sadly the seven-mile drive is closed to vehicles and foot traffic due to bridge repair.|
|The watch tower is also closed due to age - oh darn!|
|North side of the refuge just off Hwy 28 - where all the mosquitoes in this area are hanging out!|
|Much of the return drive through the center of the peninsula is Hiawatha Forest, but there are also pretty pockets of open land.|
|A few farms and ranches also break up all the trees.|
Back at home the wind continues to rough up the lake, and some really weird bugs with fairy wings and long triple tails (Mayflies) have made the outside of the rig their own.
|The fish and moving water make wonderful abstract art.|
|The springs billow along the bottom.|
When our exploration is over, the line is almost back to the bridge - our timing was great :-)))