August 22, 2014 – Traverse City to Silver Lake – Sable Point Lighthouse – Gorgeous Sunset

Another short day on the road took us past another inland lighthouse,
Lighthouse Along Route 37, MI - 2014-08-22several old barns (Debbie can’t resist),
Old Barn, Route 37, MI - 2014-08-22 Old Barn (a), Route 37, MI - 2014-08-22apple orchards,
Apple Treea painter capturing the color of the orchards,
Painter, Enroute to Mears, MI - 2104-08-22a line of hot rods heading north,

Hot Rods (a), Route 37, MI - 2014-08-22 Hot Rods (b), Route 37, MI - 2014-08-22 Hot Rods (c), Route 37, MI - 2014-08-22 Hot Rods (d), Route 37, MI - 2014-08-22 Hot Rods (e), Route 37, MI - 2014-08-22and, while we didn’t see the cow jump over the moon, we did see

Deer Jumping Over a Log, Route 10 Between Routes 37 and 31, MI - 2104-08-22After dinner, we walked the campground and then drove to Sable Point to see the lighthouse

Sable Point Lighthouse (b), Silver Lake, MI - 2104-08-22 Sable Point Lighthouse (a), Silver Lake, MI - 2104-08-22Increased shipping after the Civil War, largely due to the expanding lumber industry resulted in several shipwrecks off Sable Point. As a result, Congress approved funding for the erection of a lighthouse in 1872. However, due to the location’s inaccessibility by road delayed completion of the lighthouse until 1874.

The lighthouse used a third-order Fresnel lens positioned 108’ above the lake. The tower was painted white in 1899 to make it more visible to ships during the day and was restored to its original brick in 1970. In 1915 the original lard-burning wick lamp was replaced by an oil-vapor kerosene-burning lamp, visible for 19 miles. The lamp was electrified and automated in 1954.

Sable Point Lighthouse (d), Silver Lake, MI - 2104-08-22 Sable Point Lighthouse (g), Silver Lake, MI - 2104-08-22 Sable Point Lighthouse (c), Silver Lake, MI - 2104-08-22and watch the sunset.

Sunset (a) at Sable Point, Silver Lake, MI - 2104-08-22 Sunset (b) at Sable Point, Silver Lake, MI - 2104-08-22 Sunset (e) at Sable Point, Silver Lake, MI - 2104-08-22 Sunset (f) at Sable Point, Silver Lake, MI - 2104-08-22

Meantime, people watching again proved photographically worthwhile and entertaining!
Kayaker Off Sable Point Beach at Sunset, Silver Lake, MI - 2014-08-22 Girl in Lake Michigan, Sablle Point Beach, Silver Lake, MI - 2014-08-22 Young Boy and Puddles (b), Sable Point Beach, Silver Lake, MI - 2014-08-22 Young Boy and Puddles (c), Sable Point Beach, Silver Lake, MI - 2014-08-22 Young Boy and Puddles (a), Sable Point Beach, Silver Lake, MI - 2014-08-22

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