Category Archives: Mitten State
Imagine hundreds of raucous, tall birds in a single location–overhead, or at “rest” in the swamp.
This gate, on Bunker Highway north of Eaton Rapids, blocks access to the remnant right-of-way of the Lake Shore and Michigan Southern Railway (aka New York Central) branch that ran between Jonesville and North Lansing. It’s across the road from the factory/warehouse complex that was built by the Michigan Peat Company in, I think, 1904.
There’s a fairly short trail on the top of the bluff, running from a parking lot atop the hill to a boardwalk along the dune’s face. It’s an excellent, though somewhat hilly, walk through old orchards, leading to a fine view of Lake Michigan and the neighboring dunes and beaches.
Sunrise is not the main reason we stay on the waterfront in Saint Ignace, but it’s one of the reasons.
In 1965 and 1966 I spent most of August in Wellston, at Northwoods Cabins, with the Loy Norrix High School Cross Country team. We ran.
Sometimes we ran to this bridge.
The park’s famous for its tall pines, one last stand saved from the loggers by the daughter of a logger to honor her late husband. When I was a kid the stand featured The Monarch, Michigan’s tallest tree. The Monarch’s died, but the remaining trees are still impressive.
We visit and vacation on Lake Huron all the time. But both Cheboygan and Saint Ignace are on the Straits, and Port Huron’s actually south of the Lake–that leaves a lot of Michigan’s sunrise coast we’d never seen. So last year we decided to try somewhere between.
In 2003 we were camped at Tahquamenon Falls State Park. The campgrounds are downstream, near the Lower Falls. We spent much of the vacation away from the river, exploring parts of the park most people don’t notice.
A year ago–a dull grey day, as you can see–we decided to leave our Fort Wilkins campsite and visit the mine. It was an interesting visit, and we got some good photographs. Definitely worth the trip.