Twenty Miles of Bad Road – Worth the Trip

This story comes to us from Suzanne in Whitehall, Mich. About the story she writes: “A short story about my love of Lake Superior and the Crisp Point Lighthouse on its southern shore.”

Suzanne has entered a photo of the Crisp Point Lighthouse in the photo division of the contest. You can view it here.

Here’s her story:

I grew up in Muskegon, Mich., and have loved Lake Michigan since I was a child. I can still remember picnics on the beach and floating in the water on an old tractor inner tube that my dad had found. As I grew older we “hung out” at Pere Marquette in the summer. In college I grew to love the sunsets and discovered the Little Point Sauble Lighthouse, which I have photographed and even tried to paint.

Recently I have discovered a new lake to love. There are five Great Lakes, but this one is called Lake Superior, an appropriate name. If you have never seen it, you have to. Once you do you will want to return again and gain. You will see for yourself why this lake is called Superior.

The shores of Lake Superior are lined with an amazing variety of rocks, a rock hunter’s dream. There are all colors, shapes, and sizes all worn smooth from Superior’s waves. I have been lucky enough to be there on a rare calm day when you can pick and choose to your hearts content. Superior has rock cliffs that glow in the setting sun and huge sand bluffs where they rolled logs down to the waiting ships. You can find waterfalls that cascade the copper colored waters down to mix with Superior’s amazing blues. The driftwood is so huge it is the whole root system of a tree that Superior tossed easily onto the beach. This is a lake of magic, majesty and might.

It is on Superior’s shores that I have discovered another amazing lighthouse. It is Crisp Point and it sets directly on Superior’s sandy shore. You have a 20-mile drive over bad roads to get there and it is worth every mile. The great power of Lake Superior almost claimed this beacon, but the power of a few individuals saved it. Crisp Point was on the lighthouse endangered list and is one of the few to be taken off. The view from the top is beautiful. You wonder how many ships passed this way and saw this beacon leading them on to the end of the lake.

Just as a small group of people saved this unique lighthouse for me and generations to come, we all need to work together to make sure our Great Lakes are protected for future generations too. I want my grandchildren and great grandchildren to be able to visit Crisp Point, pick up a special rock at Deer park, and hear about Superior’s power at Whitefish Point. I want them to hear a waterfall and the call of a loon. We are so very lucky to live in a state surrounded by our Great Lakes. It is our privilege to enjoy them and our duty to protect them.

Thanks, again, Suzanne for participating in the contest–both of them!

It’s not too late to enter the Great Lakes story and photo contest! You, too, can enter the Great Lakes story and photo contest for a chance to win prizes.

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