Lake Erie

On a warm and buggy Sunday morning, we drove to Headlands Beach State Park so Sally could see Lake Erie for the first time. I warned her that it wasn’t all that special — the last time I was there, a green scum covered the water and the lake reeked.

This time the water was fine. It was the air that was unbearable. It was packed with gnats — giant clouds of them that got in our mouths and noses and hair. It was miserable. I wanted to see the Fairport Harbor West Breakwater Light, so we took a half-mile long trail through trees and grass where the bugs almost drove us nuts. Things got a little better once we made it to the beach.

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Sally relaxed in the shade of a hut that somebody had created out of driftwood.

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I walked out onto the breakwater and took these photos of the light. It was build in 1925 and replaced the Grand River Lighthouse which is now a maritime museum. Notice the bugs hovering in some of these photos. By the breakwater, there was a second, larger type that was swarming everywhere.

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Here’s a shot of the breakwater light from the hill by the Grand River Light. The light still functions as a navigation aid, but the building is privately owned by somebody who wants to turn it into a vacation home.

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There’s another short pier head light on the Grand River, but I couldn’t find any information about it online. Note the cottonwood seeds drifting out over the water.

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We wanted no part of the trail on our way back to the car, so we walked along the beach, interrupting a photo shoot on the way.

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