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Postby Hersh » Sun Oct 26, 2008 10:20 am


Anybody that didn't get a little palpitation after reading that list needs to go back and read it again. Some classic lights seen from a new vantage point, and some that few of us have ever seen. But all around a heckuva plan.

I'm all tingly now!
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Postby CaptainJason » Mon Oct 27, 2008 9:28 am


I just learned from Terry Pepper that you can't see McGulpin Point from the water, but it just recently changed hands, so you may be able to by the time we get there next fall.

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Postby Hersh » Mon Oct 27, 2008 2:38 pm


Maybe we can send Terry a chainsaw for Christmas ??
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Postby Gary Martin » Mon Oct 27, 2008 4:17 pm


Regardless of whether or not we can see McGulpin Point from the water, it's going to be one heck of a trip, Jason. You can definitely count me in for this ride :!: I ended up photographing 29 lights on my trip along the shores of Lake Erie and Lake Ontario a few weeks ago, and being able to see and photograph that many from the Keweenaw Star is a whole lot better than having to drive 2100+ miles. :)
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Postby Terry_Pepper » Tue Oct 28, 2008 8:28 pm


Gary - when do you find time to work?
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Postby Gary Martin » Wed Oct 29, 2008 4:15 am


The more appropriate question, Terry, might be when do I find time to sleep?

In 2007 we were too busy at work to allow me to take any vacation necessitating that I carry over all of my 2007 vacation into this year. This becomes a use it or lose it situation. I'm not losing it :!:
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Postby Terry_Pepper » Wed Oct 29, 2008 9:22 am


Should also be able to add Little Traverse to this list, since the Star will pass Little Traverse Bay on the leg between Skilligallee and Charlevoix, and deep water runs very close to shore at Harbor Point.
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Postby CaptainJason » Sat Dec 06, 2008 9:45 am


Sorry it has taken so long to post the details of this trip, but I do promise they will be up soon. It is going to be in the next GLLKA Beacon, and for those of you who don't get the Beacon, I will post it on this website, as well as my own. keweenawexcursions.com. I can however guarantee this will be the most fun you will ever have on a lighthouse cruise. We have got of course lighthouses, National Lakeshores, Soo Locks, Ships, Casinos, a Hummer Limo, and unfortunately a bus. I can't do anything about the last one there, but everything else is going to be awesome.

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Postby Gary Martin » Sat Dec 06, 2008 12:58 pm


I, for one, am looking forward to this one, Jason. I had to miss the one in 2006 because of changing jobs and am still kicking myself for not managing to find some way to get to Houghton to take that trip on the Star :!:
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Postby Hersh » Sat Dec 06, 2008 7:48 pm


Hummer limo? That should be interesting...
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Postby CaptainJason » Thu Dec 18, 2008 6:42 pm


Well it is done. The final plans have been completed, and we are set to go. The prices for the ultimate lighthouse tour are going to be $850 for double occupancy, and $970 for single. This is an all inclusive price that will include all rooms, meals, and transfers. The trip will start the morning of September 6th from the Ramada dock in Hancock Michigan. From there we will travel down the Portage Canal and pass by Keweenaw Upper Entry, Jacobsville, Huron Islands, Big Bay, Granite Island, and the lights of Marquette. Overnight will be at the Super 8 in Marquette, and transportation has been arranged to and from the boat, along with a dinner. On day 2 we will cruise past Grand Island North, Au Sable, Crisp Point, Whitefish Point, Ile Parisienne, Point Iroquois, Gros Cap, and the various ranges of the Upper St. Marys River. Overnight will be at the Kewadin Casino, as well as dinner. On day 3 we will travel down the St Marys river, past Detour Reef, Martin Reef, Spectacle Reef, Bois Blanc, Round Island, and Round Island Passage. Overnight will be at the Kewadin Casino of St. Ignace as well as dinner. On the final day we pass old Mackinac Point, McGulpin Point, St Helena, White Shoal, Waugoshance, Grays Reef, Little Traverse, Ile Aux Galets, Petoskey Pier, and finally to Charlevoix Pier. A bus will be there ready to bring us back to Houghton. This is going to be an opportunity to see a total of 31 lighthouses, the Soo Locks, the Pictured Rocks, The Grand Sable Dunes, and some of the most picturesque landscapes the Great Lakes has to offer. Oh yeah, Hersh a lot of ships.

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Postby Biggy » Thu Dec 18, 2008 6:52 pm


That is an impressive looking agenda for this trip, Captain Jason. It's a shame it's on Labor Day weekend, or I'd know two people who definitely would be on it :!: Oh well, Barry ... Guess you and I have to start hoping for a similar trip during another year, when it's NOT on Labor Day weekend :!:
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Postby Grover1 » Fri Dec 19, 2008 4:23 am


There's one last gasp for me, although a longshot for sure ...

Come New Year's Day, perhaps a Papal Decree on a Gregorian/Julian calendar readjustment where either ten days get added or subtracted from the calendar to make the equinoxes (equinoxi?) and the solstices realign? The last one was approx 500 years ago and we are due ...

Short of that, September 6 will continue to fall on Labor Day weekend and I will be viewing the wonderful work of others upon their return ... Envy is just the first word that comes to mind ...

Jason, this sounds spectacular ... hope in pans out for you and the others. Its a great present for the Holidays ... Hope you enjoy yours!
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Postby Hersh » Fri Dec 19, 2008 7:35 am


I'm in.
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Postby Terry_Pepper » Fri Dec 19, 2008 3:30 pm


As you may have already surmised by reading between the lines in a couple of previous posts, we are pleased to announce that GLLKA and the fantastic crew of the Keweenaw Star will be collaborating on the Ultimate Lighthouse Excursion in September of 2009, with all reservations being taken through the GLLKA office. So by signing-up for this once in a lifetime opportunity to sail on three lakes and the St. Mary’s River, you will not only be helping the wonderful folks on the Star, but you will also be supporting lighthouse restoration. A “win/win/win” situation if there ever was one!

We have set it up so that the price includes all hotels and meals from the time you leave Hancock early on the morning of September 6 through our return to Hancock by motor coach on the evening September 9. The only things you will need to bring are clothes (optional) and cameras (mandatory).

While I am putting the cart before the horse a little bit, since we will not be able to accept reservations at the GLLKA office until after January 1, here is a link to download a complete description of the Excursion in PDF format as it will appear in the Winter issue of The Beacon:

www.gllka.com/events/GLLKA-2009-Ultimat ... ursion.pdf

As you will read in the article, we highly recommend that after you make your reservation through the GLLKA office, you reserve a room at the Ramada Inn in Hancock for the night before and after the excursion. The dock from which we will leave is located right on Ramada property, and the folks at the Ramada have been kind enough to let us leave our vehicles in their parking lot for the three nights that we will be out on the lakes. We used this same arrangement for our Lake Superior excursion in 2008, and will be doing so for another excursion in July 2009 (sorry - sold out), and found it makes a great starting and ending point.

Since I will be serving as tour leader and narrator throughout the trip, I hope to have the opportunity to put a few more faces to folks with whom I have only previously met in text on Lighthousing.net.

In the meantime, please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns you may have on this excursion, and I will be happy to help you.

Both Jason and I, and the wonderful crew of the Keweenaw Star look forward to cruising with you in September.
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