Tag: Lake Huron (Page 1 of 2)
This past weekend we ventured to Port Crescent State Park, at the tip of the thumb. I had never been to that part of the state before and I was excited to check it out. Luckily, we were able to catch a stunning sunset the first night because it rained the rest of the weekend. I was really hoping to kayak to Turnip Rock, but I wasn’t about to do that in a thunderstorm.
We decided to not let the rain get us down and we drove around and explored the area. The lake was gorgeous like all of the Great Lakes, but honestly, there wasn’t much else to see. It’s a very flat part of the state and is mostly filled with farms and windmills. Maybe it was the weather, but The Thumb didn’t win my heart like the Ludington area did. I’m sure we will be back because I still want to check out Turnip Rock, so maybe my second impression will change my mind.
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In Sault Ste. Marie I picked up a Michigan Lighthouse Map which shows every lighthouse in Michigan and whether or not its open to the public. So, when we were making the drive down the Lake Huron coast, we made a point to stop at all the lighthouses we could. We managed to stop at 7 lighthouses on our way down south including three in Presque Isle, two of which we climbed. The above photo is of the Tawas Point Lighthouse.
For our night on Lake Huron we stayed at Hoeft State Park in Rogers City (south of Cheboygan). This park surprised me. We were there the Friday before the Fourth of July and I was expecting it to be kind of rowdy but it wasn’t at all. It seemed to be mostly families, a lot of which had bikes and were making use of Huron Sunrise Trail. The sites were big and wooded, but the bathrooms didn’t live up to Hartwick Pines (this was the theme of the trip). If I was looking to stay near Lake Huron, I come back here in a heartbeat!
About the Photo:
I got incredibly lucky with this picture! There were no Photoshop tricks or external flash used here. We happened to get to the lighthouse when it was sprinkling a little, but a bigger rain was definitely on its way. To the west, the sun was not covered by clouds with made for this awesome cloudy background with evening light on the lighthouse. This was a single RAW exposure with basic edits done in Lightroom.
Nikon D3100 with 18-55 kit lens and polarizer, handheld
July 2, 2016
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Visiting Mackinac Island is like taking a step back in time. No cars are allowed on the island, so everyone either walks, rides a bike, or gets around by horse drawn carriage. One of the most popular things to do is to rent bikes and ride the 8.2 mile trail around the island. We rented a tandem bike from Ryba’s bike rentals. I had never ridden a tandem before but once I got used to it, it was a lot of fun, and now I want one! It was nice to not have to do all the work myself!
There are three ferry companies that transport guests to the island. We chose Arnold Line, which has the slowest boats but the cheapest fares (Update: at the end of 2016, Star Line bought all of Arnold’s assets and now operate the slow boats) . We were able to get a 2-day pass for the price of one round trip on the other lines. We weren’t in a hurry, so the extra 15 minutes weren’t that big of a deal to us. The first day, we went to the island from Mackinaw City and the second day from St. Igance. Arnold had more and later departures to and from Mackinaw City, but the ride from St. Ignace was a lot more scenic since you actually drive around the island.
About the Photo:
This shot was taken from the ferry on the way to the island from St. Ignace on a foggy morning. This was a single RAW exposure edited with an Improve Photography Black & White preset in Lightroom.
Nikon D3100 with the 55-200 kit lens, handheld
June 26, 2016
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