Historic Fairport Harbor Light

Following a bit of afternoon rain on our visit to the museum, the weather cleared up for the evening, and we returned to the Fairport Harbor, Ohio lighthouse for a bit. It's now a museum of maritime history including artifacts from the Edmond Fitzgerald and numerous local boats and maritime businesses. I believe it's the first such museum on the Great Lakes.

The keeper's house is considered to be haunted by a ghost cat (the mummified remains of which are on display in the museum). The museum was also featured on the Travel Channel's Haunted Lighthouses. Haunted or not, it's a great place to visit, and for a panoramic view of Fairport Harbor and Lake Erie, the climb to the top of the tower isn't difficult at all - and it's well worth the $3 admission which includes the museum.

Fairport Harbor, Ohio West Breakwater Lighthouse

The bolder breakwater leading to the lighthouse on Lake Erie is not a smooth walkway, but it's not too difficult to get close to the 1925 lighthouse without twisting an ankle. This lighthouse marks the western edge of Fairport Harbor and the mouth of the Grand River. The lighthouse is not open to the public, but is still in operation as an aid to navigation.

Fairport Harbor West Breakwater Lighthouse

Crossing the Green River

To cross the Green River inside Mammoth Cave National Park, they provide a free ferry. It's an interesting thing to watch - seems to be powered by propane, and rides along two cables stretched across the river.

I remember visiting this area in the late 1970s, it was interesting to see cars carried across this river. I never heard a place so quiet before, almost no sound at all - it hurt my head.

This trip, there were plenty of birds to make noise, and the ferry was working overtime carrying the line of cars back and forth.

See Seven States

Driving down US 31 in Kentucky, I glanced back at this barn as we drove past. The blank, opposite side was what we saw as we approached, and as I checked the mirror, I saw this old advertisement.

These Rock City barns were once common along the highways of Kentucky and Tennessee before the Interstate system was rolled out. After the 1960s, Rock City, and Ruby Falls began a barrage of billboards along I 65 and I 24 - and even painted some barns along the way. Most of the ads on the backroads faded or were lost when the barns collapsed, so seeing one in person is a real treat.

The New Sherwood Hotel

Traveling along some of the smaller, county roads between cities and towns in Kentucky, I've come across some interesting things. This old Hotel in New Haven, Kentucky sits in the old downtown area, and right along the railroad tracks. I can imagine how this hotel was once used by people traveling by rail, and how that track was loaded with trains going all across the region.

This has to be one of the most conveniently located hotels one could imagine - step off the train and right into the lobby! Probably not so great when you're trying to sleep....

What happened to this kind of life? I never lived it, but I sure miss it (as long as the hotel had WiFi).

The Sinking Spring

Continuing to explore some new places as well as some familiar ones in small town America.

This natural spring was the source of fresh water for the Lincoln family when their son Abraham was born. The family farm was located in Hodgenville, Kentucky and is now a national historic site. The spring continues to flow, and since it's several feet below the surrounding grade, the air temperature is much cooler - probably around 30 degrees cooler today as the air temperatures were around 99 degrees. I wonder if the Lincoln's spent hot summer days sitting around the spring, taking advantage of the natural air conditioning.......

Old Coca Cola Sign

Driving the back roads of America yields some of the coolest things. Rather than use the interstates, when I have time, I prefer to get from town to town on the state and county roads.

This old Coca Cola advertisement is on the side of the Chapline Building in downtown Munfordville, Kentucky. Built in 1893, the building is now home to the Hart County Historical Museum.

Tiny Worm on a Blossom

Working in the garden last evening, I noticed a tiny worm on one of the Coreopsis blossoms. The blossoms are about as big as a dime, so this worm was really tiny!

It's interesting to see some of the structures of the flower- they seem like flowers within the flower.

Here's a photo of the flower to give you an idea of the size of the blossom. If you look closely, you can see the tiny worm near the center of the bloom.

Coreopsis Blossom with Worm

Backlit Beach

Following a cool, windy early afternoon, the wind subsided and allowed the temperatures to climb into the mid 70s - perfect for a walk along the beach.

The early evening sun illuminated Danny from the back as he ran away from the waves of Lake Michigan and the approaching storm, to explore the sand along Kintzele Ditch.

Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore

Waves and Rays

An early June day started out in the low 60s with a cool wind off of cold Lake Michigan. In the mid afternoon, the wind suddenly stopped and temperatures climbed into the mid 70s. The waves continued to pound the beach, uncovering numerous fossil crinoids and other treasures which the kids promptly collected.

An approaching rain storm filters the sun before it hits the surface of the lake. In a matter of minutes, the entire horizon was dark with the threat of rain.


A tiny hoverfly rests on a newly opened wildflower at the top of a dune at the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. This particular day was so foggy along the dunes, yet the fog disappeared about 200 yards from Lake Michigan - due to the warm air and the cold water.