Since this summer family adventure was only a week’s vacation with the weekend attached to each end, day nine of our journey was the “heading home” day. 😦 But we weren’t about to let the vacation slip by quietly, so we left Bay City, Michigan and headed for the Lake Huron shoreline to photograph a few lighthouses before finishing out the day driving home. As we were driving some back roads to the first lighthouse stop, something on top of a telephone pole caught my eye and I said, “Hey, there’s a snowy!” After turning the truck around when it was safe to do so, we went back and sure enough there was a snowy owl sitting on top of the pole keeping watch on us and on the field.
After enjoying the beauty of the owl, we made our way past a lot of sugar beet fields en route to our first lighthouse stop of the day, Pointe Aux Barques Lighthouse.
From there we continued our way down the shoreline with stops at three lighthouses that were quite different from each other. The first, Harbor Beach Lighthouse, was at the end of a pier and our only view was across the water from the end of a different pier. The second wasn’t on our list so we weren’t expecting it. In fact, we drove past it and I had to turn around to see if it really was a lighthouse I had seen. It turns out that the White Rock Light is a house/lighthouse that an individual built to commemorate the lighthouse history of the area. The third, Port Sanilac Lighthouse, is now a private dwelling but we were able to manage some decent photos from the areas surrounding the property.
We finished our photo stops for the trip a the Fort Gratiot Lighthouse. While it was the last photo stop of our adventure, it wasn’t the last stop as we took a slight detour on our way home to stop in Goshen, Indiana for ice cream at The Chief. All in all, it was a great family adventure and I hope these blog posts have helped you to see at least a glimpse of the incredible beauty God surrounded us with throughout this nine day journey . . . and throughout life!