Into the Thumb -- June 30/July 1, 2016
On June 30th, Jimmy and I left Niagara Falls, NY fairly early, skinnied across Ontario, Canada, and into Michigan. Border crossings aren't any fun anymore; tho I'm not sure they ever were. Long, long lines, a three-lane bridge reduced to one open lane, and then a search of our innocent-looking Tergel, while we stood outside "next to that rock" twiddling our thumbs. Back inside our home-on-wheels, much of our stuff was in disarray. To top it off, it cost us $10.50 to cross the bridge into Canada, and $10.50 to cross the bridge back into the states. Oh well, Jimmy, says, forget about it; it's over, as I grumbled and mumbled!
The drive seemed long, or maybe we'd gotten spoiled by making shorter legs, but we finally reached our Harvest Host destination in Bad Axe, Michigan: Dizzy Daisy Winery. This area of Michigan is called "The Thumb." If you look at the state on a map and look at your hand, palm up, you'll understand the nickname. We were met by Harold and Janice, two of the nicest hosts you could ever meet. Harold indicated a green-grassy area to park Tergel, a quiet and restful spot. Perfect for us.
After setting up (not much to do -- put down jacks and let out slides), we wandered the grounds with Janice's blessing, including visiting the kitty-cats. The day was very clement, but rain was in the forecast.
American Goldfinch certainly sport bright summer colors here.
Sure enough, rain began sometime in the night and it rained in earnest all morning. Good time to get the laundry done in Bad Axe! And a coffee shop visit. Haircuts, too (back in Tergel). By afternoon, the sky cleared enough for us to take Smartie to the top of the Thumb on Lake Huron's coast. Port Hope was our first stop.
Port Hope Chimney -- all that remains of a lumber mill built in 1858.
Pretty darn windy on the pier, which caused waves and whitecaps on the lake.
Red-winged Blackbirds are colorful as well.
Pointe Aux Barques Lighthouse located north of Port Hope. As an active lighthouse, it was off limits, but the lighthouse museum was open and provided a wonderful trip into its history.
Port Austin at the tippety-top had a long cement pier, with crashing Lake Huron waves. Quite a number of people were Out and About, it being a holiday weekend, and many were dodging a soaking as they strolled the pier
At the end of the pier and 2.5 miles from the city itself, we could see Port Austin Lighthouse, way out in Lake Huron. This lighthouse sits on a rocky reef, which is just north of the tip of the Thumb and a real hazard to navigation.
Clouds drift in as the sun begins to wane, and the waves continue to crash on the pier.
After dinner in Port Austin, we returned to Dizzy Daisy Winery. We wanted to walk a bit around the farm -- it's very peaceful here -- to work off some of our dinner, and on the far side of the barn, I almost stepped on a baby Killdeer, below. It's parents were, of course, flying around and hollering, as Killdeer do. I would do the same if someone was about to step on my baby! The little guy was so well camouflaged that it was invisible unless it moved.
Enjoying our walk-about, Jimmy poses at the edge of a sugar beet field, with wheat in the background. Grapes were on the right, out of the photo. Dizzy Daisy Winery is a wonderful place to stay.
And here's Tergel, tucked in snugly, and ready for bed.
Good Night! Sweet Dreams!