Monday, August 30, 2010

Whitefish Point, Michigan




We started out our day trip today at the Berry Patch Restaurant in Paradise. We had a real good breakfast to start our day out right.






They have so many Moose here in Michigan that they’ve trained some of them to wait tables. This is our Waiter we had this morning.




After breakfast, we headed 7 miles north of Paradise to Whitefish Point. This is where the Shipwreck Museum is located. There were lots of interesting things and sights to see.

I have to mention that we were disappointed that they charge so much to enter the museum. Matter of fact, as soon as we got back, I emailed the Administrators/Curators and explained to them that they need the Wal-Mart approach (sell for less, sell more of it, make more money). We’ve run into this situation everywhere we travel and can’t understand why they can’t figure this out. We stood there and watched dozens and dozens of people and several families w/small children walk up to the entrance and look at the Entrance Fee and turn and walk away. I explained in the email, if only 1 out of 10 go in, they’ve made $13.00 (cost per person posted). If they reduced the price to $5.00 per person and only 5 out of 10 went in, they’ve made $25.00 (almost double) and more than 5 out of 10 would go in at that price. OK, OK, I’ll get off my Soap Box now. I don’t intend for this to be an Editorial. Ha Ha.



This is the Shipwreck Museum Complex grounds. Several restored buildings and a Navigation Light. Can’t really call it a Lighthouse.





This is the Rudder and Tiller assembly of the M.M.Drake. 1882 – 1901  This is constructed of extremely heavy timbers. In the picture below you can see the Information Sign close up. You can click on the image to enlarge it for better reading.









This is another sign posted on the property just as you walk out toward the beach. From the beach you look out into the vast surface of water and it gives you goose bumps thinking of all the lives lost and how horrible it must have been.




This is the boardwalk that leads out to the beach of  Whitefish Point. As you can see, you just don’t ever know what you’ll find at the beach.





The beach consists of sand and smooth rocks.  When you stand there and gaze out at Lake Superior (or any of the Great Lakes) and can’t see any land, it’s hard to believe that an inland freshwater lake can be soooooo big. 



On our way back home, we saw a sign for Whitefish Harbor so I turned around and drove back to the road. At its end, a small harbor used by the local fishermen. Over to the side was this old old boat that looked worthy of a picture.



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