Maine 2017 – Portland, ME

8/28/17 Monday was a walking tour of Portland day. As is a bit of a theme, we didn’t have specific plans or schedule. We drove into Portland and lucked out with some free parking on the edge of town. We wandered the waterfront docks, shops, etc and then looped up… Continue reading

Oregon – Day 4 – Oregon Coast

Day 4 entailed a lot of driving, with a few stops along the Oregon coast mixed in.  Our first attempt was a lighthouse very near Newport, but the line of cars just to get into the park was extending beyond visible range of the entrance so we took the hint… Continue reading

Grand Haven Lighthouse Sunset

Grand Haven Lighthouse Sunset – a bit grainy (this one is just one shot with the shadows brought up a lot) but nice none the less. Remember when Lake Michigan was below freezing and Lake Michigan was ice as far as you could see?  You do now… As the temperature… Continue reading

Manitou Passage Lighthouse

Last lighthouse for a bit… maybe.  The light(house) in the middle of the Manitou Passage about three miles off the mainland and off the shore of North Manitou Island.  As you can sort of see, it’s a residence for birds now and thanks to that it stinks pretty horribly and… Continue reading

Round Island Lighthouse

This picture is so-so, but it fits the lighthouse theme… the Round Island Lighthouse opposite Mackinac Island across the channel there.  I’ve successfully watched fireworks from this lighthouse, which I highly recommend. Picture taken with Pentax Optio W60, lens @ 6.1mm (34mm eq), f/6.1, 1/20 sec, ISO 200

South Manitou Lighthouse

The South Manitou Lighthouse from the water upon arrival after one of our early and poorly coordinated (read: stupid) crossings.  We actually saved most of the stupid for the return trip which had worse conditions and way more distance between the three of us such that we were effectively all… Continue reading