Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Michigan Lighthouses

We are back...sort of, as you may know we are in Hawkins, Mi for a couple of months so that Jan can fulfill her jury duty requirements that she learned about when we were in AZ. We are staying in an area that it seems that nothing technical cell phones, landline phone took 4 days for them to find us and get us hooked up,dialup internet rather poor until I found this free one, Dialinfree that works fairly good, stays connected about a 1/2 hr at a time. Anyway, this weekend we went to a free Cajun music concert in Reed City and had a great time. We met a guy from LA who now lives in Traverse City and does LA Cajun dance, food and music as a business,, very fun person... good dancer too! Last weekend my brother Harry and his wife Shirley stopped in after they had spent a few days in the upper pennisula. The visited a few different lighthouses that we haven't been to which reminded us off our favorite ones.... Big Sable Point, Little Sable Point and Ludington Pierhead. We have worked at these three giving tours and have loved every minute at the lights. Michigan has about 115 lighthouses, depending on who's counting. Around 20 or so are open to the public, so we enjoy doing our part to help keep some of them open.If you are interested in working and staying at the lighthouse the has more info. We are leaving tomorrow for an ATHS truck show and are planning on leaving the first part of July for Canada .....Nova Scotia, P.E.I. and Newfoundland so maybe we will find better connections along the way.


  1. I'm a lighthouse fan, too, so enjoyed reading this. How have you been able to give tours at your three favs?? So far, my favorites in Michigan are the Holland Light (my [Nancy's, too] ggggrandfather was a keeper there - at least we think he might be him!), Suel Choix, and Point Iroquois.
    Sounds like Hawkins is/was home to you. Did/do you by any chance know Jerry and Sherry Bryan?? They are friends of ours from Goodrich, MI, who owned a place in Hawkins where they spent a lot of time in many summers. They enjoyed traveling, too.

  2. After joining the Big Sable Lighthouse Association (name has changed)they send about 2-3 newsletters a year. In the fall newsletter they had an address to contact for an application to be light house keepers. Send in a resume and list of available weeks. Then they try to organize it all. If you do Big Sable you stay at the keepers quarters at the lighthouse with 2 other couples. It is really quite easy. We did not do it this year, did not want to be committed to anything. Email me at and I can send more info..........