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Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Do you lighthouse?

Lighthouses: shrouded in mystery... and fog.
Grand Haven South Pier, July 2007

Lighthouses are currently taking over my life. I eat, sleep, and breathe lighthouse photos, lighthouse lists, and lighthouse history. These towering beacons, made of concrete and steel, brick and once-upon-a-time wood, freckle our Lake Michigan shoreline, not only guiding fearless sailors but also thousands of enthusiasts, photographers, and site-seers.

As I enter into the final hour of production on this year's lighthouse map, I can't help but ponder upon their draw. Why do people take to the road on the 1,100 mile Circle Tour journey to visit these sites? Is it the tumultuous history of Great Lakes shipwrecks? The romantic lore of a maiden waiting for her sea bound lover? Do they just provide an interesting silhouette in the foreground of a sunset photograph?

Yes, the map's design is nearly finalized, and the 22 featured lights are nestled in place, but still I wonder. Do you love lighthouses? Why? What is your favorite?

High five,

-Shannon

4 comments:

Jill said...

I like lighthouses, especially ones on the Great Lakes. My favorite, of course, is the one located just a few miles away from where I grew up: the White River Light Station. (I even started a Facebook fan page for it a couple years ago!)

I've only seen a few close up and have been inside just a couple, but I have a master bath and bedroom decorated with lighthouse pictures and miniatures. Here in our North Texas home we have five paintings or framed photos of the White River Light, one of Grand Haven, Holland, Big and Little Points Sable, and misc. others.

Not really sure why people are drawn to them or collect images of lighthouses but it may have something to do with what they symbolize and with their architecture.

West Michigan Tourist Association said...

Jill, what a collection you have going! All of the ones you named will be featured on this year's lighthouse map except for Little Sable Point. We'll have to send you this year's map once it's printed in January (oh man, that deadline is certainly sneaking up on me!).

-Shannon

Teresa said...

I love lighthouses!!!! If I could I would live in one. To be able to see God's artwork in the sky across the lake day in and day out would be like living in heaven on earth. I don't know if I have a favorite lighthouse. I am in awe every time I see one. Just ask my husband... I am a lighthouse collector. Lighthouses are a beautiful part of Michigan and its history.

West Michigan Tourist Association said...

You know, Teresa, there are a few lighthouses that allow volunteers to be guest keepers for a week. You would actually stay in the lighthouse and answer questions visitors may have. Grand Traverse Lighthouse in Northport and Pottawatomie Lighthouse on Rock Island, Wisconsin come to mind. Wouldn't that be a great experience!

-Shannon