Day 223 – The Scenic Sunrise Shore, Wednesday, July 27, 2011
We spent most the day driving, but got in a few stops along
the way as we continued south down Michigan’s eastern shore. When we arrived in Oscoda we took a 40 mile
roundtrip scenic drive through the Huron National Forest along Au Sable
River. We stopped at one overlook, took
the stairs to the river’s edge to test the waters, and picked a few wild
raspberries on our way back to VANilla.
Back on Lake Huron’s shore, we visited Tawas Point State
Park which features the Tawas Point Lighthouse, an 1876 structure still in use
today. The light shines two colors; red and
white. The white extends 16 miles out to
Lake Huron and the red, which can be seen from 12 miles away, marks the
entrance to Tawas Bay.
After visiting the lighthouse, we explored Bay City State
Park. We took a walking trail around
Tobico Marsh in hopes to spot a variety of wildlife. Not much was out in the overcast,
rain-spitting afternoon, but I did see a mama with six ducklings! I also found another cache…I’m liking having
decent cell service for the last week.
Bay City Hall was our final stop. I had planned to climb the bell tower, but
the building was under renovation. With
that, we ventured across the middle of Michigan to start our tour north of the
west coast. We are spending the night at
Wal-Mart in Ludington. ETB