I grew up in the Great Lakes states and have always been awed and amazed by the beautiful scenic views. One of my favorite locations to visit (and photograph) is the Whitefish Point Lighthouse. It is in a remote area of Michigan's Upper Peninsula, far to the north, on Lake Superior.
Oldest Active Light on Lake SuperiorWhitefish Point Lighthouse, Upper Michigan It takes some time to drive the county roads to get to Whitefish Point, but that just adds to its allure. It's Michigan's oldest active light and a very important light. Without it, Great Lakes shipping freighters would not be able to safely navigate Lake Superior to and from the Soo Locks in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan and Ontario, Canada, and from there, Lake Huron and the St. Lawrence Seaway.
I've visited Whitefish Point in both summer and winter (more than once!) and my favorite time to visit is the winter. There is always a wind at Whitefish Point and it's always cooler there. But the views of the lighthouse and Lake Superior are beautiful.
Frozen WalkwaySnow and sand are frozen solid on the walkway to and from the beach. The Light is OnDecember 24, 2007 - Whitefish Point Lighthouse just after sunrise on a cloudy morning. Air temperature 26 degrees Fahrenheit.
I always thought that Whitefish Point was the most breathtaking view and it always held a special place in my soul.
Until I stood on the path overlooking McWay Falls in Big Sur, California. I felt like I had just come home, even though I'd never laid eyes on this beautiful area before.
McWay FallsBig Sur, California Unlike Whitefish Point, the Big Sur area was loaded with people. It was not exactly a remote location, though there is a rugged beauty to the Pacific Ocean shoreline. But people aren't allowed down in the little cove where McWay Falls spills into the Pacific. As I looked down into that cove, it was as if the crowds of people on the path with me disappeared and I could only hear my heart beat and the sound of my breath.
I have only had one opportunity to visit Big Sur, but I think about this area just about every day, and I can't wait to go back.