15 Lighthouses from Our Summertime Circle Tour Around Lake Michigan and Beyond

We did a 1,200 mile, 7 day circle tour-plus around Lake Michigan, beginning and ending in Chicago. We ventured away from Lake Michigan to visit Mackinac Island on Lake Huron, then headed further into the UP for a kayaking trip at Pictured Rocks National Seashore. We mapped out some stops in advance, including a few lighthouses. Then, the history, stories and scenic settings of the lighthouses took control. We found ourselves searching Google and blog sites, then taking short detours to these iconic structures while exploring some historic small towns in the process. We photographed and video-captured 15 lighthouses on Lake Michigan and Lake Huron. We skipped many others due to our route, preplanned activities and time limitations. Oh, well, now we have reason for another trip. In this 4-minute video, we share some of our favorite photos and scenes, with many more left out to keep this version short. Follow our blog for more: OurTravelCafe.com

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I'm a trained journalist, global traveler and retired business executive who worked for more than 20 years with some of the world's best and largest restaurant enterprises. I left the business world behind, living in Northwest Georgia and writing about avocations including outdoor excursions, family-friendly travel, road trips, exploration ideas for active seniors and some of my community passions. I've traveled to 47 states and nearly as many countries, and I'm still counting up. I'm a traveler, hiker, cyclist, blogger, marketing consultant, community volunteer and local high school band nerd who previously has lived in Florida, Ohio, Indiana and Mississippi. I'm a South Louisiana-born French Cajun whose great-grandparents were sugar farmers, bar owners and reputed bootleggers. My upbringing in food-rich Louisiana and my restaurant industry career affirmed my status as an over-qualified eater. That also inspired the name of my blog, OurTravelCafe.com. There, I offer up a complete menu of our my own experiences, explorations and adventures, organized by geography and always sprinkled with some spicy, tasty tidbits and food notes.

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