Sunday, January 27, 2013

Anniversary Hike

Back in September Brad and I celebrated our 6 year anniversary.  We spent the weekend in Ludington, MI.  We LOVE Ludington and spend as much time there as we can.  My in-laws had Mallorie so it was just the two of us.  It was a fairly cold weekend but we had a great time shopping, eating out, exploring, and hiking.  Sunday morning we planned on hiking to Big Sable Lighthouse.  It was a sprinkling a little and it was kind of chilly but we decided to go anyway.  It was a 1 1/2 mile hike tot he lighthouse from the Ludington State Park campground.  (click here for more information)  Before we even got to the trail I saw a deer run from the campground up into the woods we were heading too.  We kept an eye out for them in the woods as we walk.  A few minutes later we saw a about 6 deer in the woods eating.

Two of the deer.

 Close up

Eating!  This is how close we could get to them!

They just stared at us!

We continued on our hike.  You can see in the puddle that it was rainy but it was well worth the hike.  This is the top of the lighthouse over the dunes.

Big Sable Lighthouse

The lighthouse was no open so we could not tour it but during regular season (May - October) you are able to tour the lighthouse. We did not know why they were not open in September when we were there?!?!  I think it would be fun to stay in the lighthouse for a week!

The lighthouse is 112 feet tall.  You can climb the 130 steps to the top!

There is a historical marker that tells that a dozen shipwrecks in 1855 and the importance of safe transportation through area to Michigan’s then-booming lumber industry led to an 1866 Congressional appropriation of $35,000 to build the lighthouse.  Then in 1867 was placed on the National Register of historic places.

Looking out over Lake Michigan

We were getting wetter and colder so we started to head back on the mile and a half hike back to our car.  Until next time...

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