Great Lakes 2005 – The 11th Day

Stone Pyramid

The last two days hadn’t been brilliant weather-wise and this day began in the same way.

But already during my first short stop at one of the first accessible beaches on my trip west, there were first signs that the sun would win the battle against the clouds.

I had reached Marquette and as if on cue, she sent bright rays down from the sky. Hopefully more rays than the monster building at the outskirts of the town which I suspected was a nuclear power plant! Marquette ended up on my itinerary because my lighthouse guide book had promised a very pretty lighthouse: the Marquette Harbor Lighthouse.

Marquette Lighthouse

Before I could go and admire the lighthouse however, I had to find out what the huge and bridge-like building was. It just happens to grace the harbour as if ordered and not collected in time. After some futile pondering the conundrum, I asked a couple also strolling along the marina. This giant is or was a chute for iron ore. At the top, there are rails for trains delivering iron ore. Beside the chute, the freight ships are at anchor waiting to be filled via the chutes. These chutes are shown in the photo. A very clever idea, if you think about it!

Iron Ore Chute

By the way, the confirmed quilter can find two places to workout in Marquette. Needleworks is downtown and Ben Franklin Crafts is a little further afield. It seems that Needleworks has closed down since 2005.

Ben Franklin

My secret plan to go as far as Keweenaw Peninsula that day or during my trip had to be shelved due to the distance. But I did make it to Big Bay and Big Bay Point Lighthouse.

Big Bay Point Lighthouse

On my way back to my motel, I made another stop in Marquette und dreamt away a little time in a park on the lakeshore a little outside Marquette (Presque Isle). Somewhere out there, there must be another beautiful and old lighthouse, but I could only find the small modern and very practical lighthouse shown in the picture: Presque Isle Harbor Breakwater Light. On the other picture you can see a small stone pyramid made from the red stones so typical for the beaches of Lake Superior.

Stone Pyramid

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