But we did have enough time to drive up MI-29 through some little harbor towns this morning, checking out the area. We drove from St. Clair to Port Huron. Sparky was looking for some bike trails. There's a Bridge to Bay Trail here in the area, but so far we haven't been able to figure out a close enough trailhead without driving miles to get to it. There's supposed to be part of the trail right near the Blue Water Bridge. In the St. Clair County Park system, there is a trail called the Wadhams to Avoca Trail...12+ miles of trail, 5 miles paved and a 640 foot Mill Creek Trestle bridge...That sounds cool!
And of course, Sparky had to take the tour (only 5.00) and climb the steps....all 94 of them. Sparky can't tell from the photo if she was coming or going, so sorry if the stairs are upside down! Hm-m-m-m...I think they ARE upside down!
It was a great tour. What was REALLY cool, was two elderly ladies came and joined the tour a little late. It turned out that one of them had LIVED in the lighthouse in the forties. Her name was Louella Buford Miller and her dad was the lighthouse keeper! She was a family of eight girls and one boy and she came to live on the lighthouse grounds at the age of 12. She told stories about all of the girls having lots of attention/boyfriends in the community because the coast guard was stationed right next door to them! Guess her mom was always cooking up a storm because there were so many kids in the house. Here she is showing a model of Port Huron that her brother-in-law had made back in the forties.
We learned some interesting things about the lighthouse, as you always do when you hear a guide talk. The locals called the foghorns that sounded the "B-O" horns...That was the sound they made in the fog..."BEE-OH......" There was a really bad storm in 1913, with more than 100 mph winds that eroded the original lighthouse, and toppled it over a short time later. The Fort Gratiot Lighthouse was rebuilt in 1829, we think.
And we had to see the Huron lightship...These are cool ships...sort of like portable lighthouses out in the Great Lakes in dangerous areas like shoals. They had a tour for 5.00 for seniors. A small price to pay to see an important piece of maritime history. We decided not to go inside, we've seen lightships before. They were a really important service to mariners out in the rivers and channels of the Great Lakes.