Driving out of Grand Rapids at 5:15 this morning, Orion was bright in the southeast, but lightning flashed in the north. Hot coffee took the John Deere A, the MMZA and us down the road to dawn in northern Michigan. Beautiful and chock full of trees. We did hit a bit of a hail storm and heavy rain, but it passed quickly.
This huge old dairy barn sat in the field next to the 950 or so antique tractors lined up in rows by tractor club awaiting the arrival of Friday morning to drive across the five mile long Mackinac Bridge from Mackinaw City to St. Ignace.
We took a boat ride tour of some of the lighthouses in the Lake Michigan side of the Mackinac Straights and passed right underneath the big, brazen bridge. The cars and semis passing overhead looked like matchbox cars on some little kid’s dream track. The weather moved in as we powered along in the boat, and only the hardy (that would be us and one other guy) stayed up top in the open to view these beacons, each one unique and different so that mariners could find their way, knowing each lighthouse’s differences to pinpoint their location in the big water. I’ll post more of that journey another day when it isn’t so late in the mountain time zone!