Thursday, November 8, 2012

The Gales of November

Have you ever been up to the Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum on Whitefish Point? I've lived up here for 20 years now, and this fall was my first trip to the museum.

We took all of our elementary kids up there on a field trip recently and they all really loved it.  For many of them the bell from the Edmond Fitzgerald was the highlight of the trip. It was cool, but I thought the two-ton Fresnel lighthouse lens that floated on liquid mercury (for virtually friction-free rotation) was also pretty amazing.

We also got to visit this place, which happens to be right across the street from the museum. I can't wait to bring my two little ones back next spring during the raptor migration. An afternoon at the museum and an evening of owl banding sounds right up our alley...


Anonymous said...

Have you seen the trashed lifeboat that used to be at the Valley Camp in the Soo? No wonder there were no survivors. Makes you understand that you can't fight Mother Nature and win.
We do a lot of UP touring, partially because we live here and appreciate it. Mostly because we love it.
I'm over due for a Mackinac Island trip. Always stopped at the school and played on the playground when the boys were little.
Sheila (Escanaba)

Maggie said...

My parents were quite concerned that the huge pine tree in the back yard would topple onto our house the night the Edmound Fitzgerald went down. We were living on the Saint Mary's River at the time. I too recommend the Valley Camp-- that mangled lifeboat is hard to forget.