Leelanau and Benzie Counties, MI – July 19-25, 2019
Keep on movin’…
If there is one statement that can describe our last week, the aforementioned line would be it. Finishing up our shift at Sleeping Bear Dunes last Friday, we hightailed it up to Northport, Michigan to see a musical duo named Mulebone.
We had listened to this Brooklyn, NY based pair back in 2017 and couldn’t wait to see them again. The music they play can best be described as ‘roots blues’, if you can imagine such a thing. Their hit Keep on Movin’ provided a theme for our week to come. We met up with our friends Rod, Mary, Lane, Patti, JoAnn, Paul and Skip, along with several other acquaintances. A great evening, indeed!
Saturday morning found me opening the Cannery boat museum, while Diana was off to the Visitor Center to answer questions for the park’s guests. While I was vacuuming, I heard a roar much louder than the Dyson I was dragging behind me.
Four A-10 Warthogs buzzed Glen Haven, doing a wing wag as they passed. I managed to get a photo of the last one as it flew by. Later that day, we had a torrential downpour that lasted a good portion of the afternoon. A couple on their bikes holed up in the building with me while the rain fell. The noise level on the roof was deafening! So much for any chance at the lake levels going down. 🙂
That night, Diana and I headed back to Northport to see one of our favorite bands, The Accidentals.
Taking their name from the accidental musical note, Katie Larsen and Savannah Buist met by chance in a high school orchestra class. Joined later by Michael Dause, this trio turns out some very innovative music. They were recently signed by Sony Masterworks and are fresh off a tour of the United Kingdom. We’ve seen them numerous times; the most recent being last year with our friends Jodee and Bill. Unfortunately, the word ‘accidental’ reared its ugly side on Sunday as the group left Traverse City:
Someone ran a stop sign and t-boned their van. Luckily, everyone….and most of the equipment…is ok. Sad to say that Katie’s carbon fiber cello took a direct blow and will never play their hit Michigan and Again again. Instruments can be replaced though, as can vehicles. They are already back on the road and their music lives on.
Keep on movin’…
Our Sunday was a bit better than theirs. We drove south into Benzie County and visited Point Betsie Lighthouse.
This gem was built in 1858. The grounds consist of a combined lighthouse/keeper’s quarters, fog signal building, oil house and a separate lifesaving museum/gift shop.
The museum had several pieces of authentic lifesaving equipment, including this time clock the shore patrol would’ve carried on their nightly rounds.
The idea was that they would walk to a post several miles down the beach and insert the key that was attached to it. That proved to their station’s keeper that they walked the entire distance.
I found this photo interesting in that it shows the lighthouse depot at the foot of Mt. Elliott Street in Detroit, which still exists. My great-grandfather and his crew departed from that very same dock on the USLHS Amaranth in 1892 to build Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse. The depot is about 1 mile from where he lived at the time.
The museum also had this display that showed how to balance containers on a ship. Being the hands-on guy I am, I picked up one of the blocks, which in turn caused the boat to roll over and dump the entire cargo. Diana proceeded to reload the blocks on the deck and send the boat on its way. 🙂
Once we finished up at the museum and fog signal building, we headed into the lighthouse.
The view to the north from the tower shows the entrance to the Manitou Passage. The beach patrol from the adjacent lifesaving station would’ve walked north several miles each night to the key on a post. The men at the Sleeping Bear station would walk south to the same post. We’ve made it our goal to attend the lighthouses’ bicentennial in 2058. We will be 100 at the time.
Keep on movin’…
Monday found us on a morning hike before our shift in Glen Haven.
Our purpose was to test out our new double-collapsible trekking poles that we are taking to the UK in September. We like them so far. The trail we chose for our hike was Alligator Hill up to Islands Overlook; an easy three mile round trip.
This is Sleeping Bear Point from that viewpoint. The black roof of the Cannery and the flagpole at the lifesaving station can be seen in the photo.
This is the vista looking north. South Fox Island is to the left and Pyramid Point is to the right. Truly a spectacular view.
Tuesday saw me complete a project I’d been wanting to do since we purchased Hank the Deuce:
This tonneau cover is specially designed to work in conjunction with my behind-the-cab toolbox. It rolls up tight against the box when I’m hauling the fifth wheel. It will keep the hitch and the other goodies we carry back there out of the weather.
Keep on movin’…
To wrap up the week, we met up with our friends Paul and Sheryl. We’ve known each other since our college days at Western Michigan University.
We met for dinner at Cherry Republic on Wednesday and took in the Empire Bluffs trail on Thursday morning. It was good to see them again! We followed that up with another shift at the Cannery and on to the next week at Sleeping Bear. Keep on movin’!
Stay tuned for our next Saturday morning post as we look for more of northern Michigan’s gems. Until then, safe and happy travels to all!