End of the season notes: northern lake MI lighthouses and my P&H Cetus LV

Sturgeon Bay – Gray’s Reef light – White Shoal light – Waugoschance light – Temperance Island 8/26/10 posted by John Fleming The Endbridge Oil Kalamazoo River disaster  put an abrupt end to my usual midweek upstream-paddling workout.  If I could smell the oil, I wanted to either help somehow, or get the hell out of …

Sea Kayaking South Manitou in a day

It’s 8am on Cannery Beach, Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. It’s me, a chain smoking heavy equipment operator, and nobody else. He says that no overweight tourists will be at the beach until about 11, and he wants to lift the cannery up off the ground before they get there. By the end of the day, my body and physics degree will both agree that the crane and I have each expended about the same amount of total energy. To which my liberal arts education replies, “but I have been across the sea.”