On our way north along Lake Michigan, we stopped in St. Joseph to see the lighthouses while the morning sun was still soft enough for photos. We had to pay $5.00 to park in the city lot, but it didn’t take us long to decide it was worth the money. As we slogged over the dunes, we saw eight or ten kiteboarders riding the wind off the beach.
It looked deceptively simple to do, but those guys must have amazing arm and hand strength.
Occasionally, one of them would catch the wind just right and fly 15 or 20 feet above the surface.
It was a warm day inland, but on the lake, a stiff breeze made for perfect temperatures. I wandered out on the pier to get a closer look at the lighthouses. Fishermen lined both sides, and some of them were catching a lot of fish. I think this bunch is mostly drum with a catfish mixed in.
The inner light was built in 1907.
The outer light was built a year earlier (in 1906, for those of you who find math challenging).
Here’s another shot of it, with a reflection on the wave-splashed south side of the pier.
As I was walking back along the pier toward shore, I saw a small fish head lying on the cement. I picked it up and tucked it into a small crack in the base of the inner light. An older Asian couple was fishing nearby. The crack was close to their stuff, and the man came over with a worried look on his face to ask, in broken English, what I was doing. His wife, however, had seen the whole thing and was laughing hilariously.
About that time, the fish fell out of the hole, so I didn’t bother trying to explain.