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Postby CHUCKX53 » Thu Mar 28, 2013 12:52 am


I'm sure Terry would know...If he ever sees this....Just what is the official name of this little D9 light out at the end of the peir in Cheboygan ?

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Postby island » Thu Mar 28, 2013 6:13 am


Morn'in to ya out ther'ah in Indian'ah. Have not have had the opportunity to cruise the shore line, only inland--Champaign, Kokomo and Indy. And in Warsaw stayed two nights in a motel that had pictures of the place immediatly following an earlier rearrangement of the structure by a tornado--full views of the rooms from outside 8O and a bit of a tangle for the cleaning ladies. #-o

I might guess this is called the Pier Light associated with the Crib light. I do not know the significe of D9 unless to distinguish from some other D lights such as D8 or D10

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Postby CHUCKX53 » Thu Mar 28, 2013 11:57 am


Kokomo, I used to hang out around there, many years ago. My youngest son was born there back in '82. Those other places, though, I have only driven through, as I live on the western side of the state, betwist Indy and Lafayette out here in the boonies.

The Indiana shoreline ? It is really only viable from Dunes State Park and up towards Michigan City and the border. Two lights are located in Michigan City, and the rest (Gary Light, Buffington, Indiana Harbor) are in the clutches of the Industrial areas, though the casino at Buffington made access easier. The Gary Light, I traveled 3 miles on a raft to get photos of, and for the Indiana Harbor, I caught a ride on a Tugboat. And Calumet Light, technically in Indiana waters, I took another boat to get to. My Icon is the Gary Light, since it was so much trouble to get out to...And, I really like it's design, as well.

But I digress. The 'D9' designation name for those cylinder lights comes form the CG name 'District Nine' for the Great Lakes District. Going through some of my photos lately, I saw that little puppy, and realized I never knew it's proper name. I will probably label it 'Cheboygan Pier' for now, but am still curious as to what it's real moniker is.
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Postby island » Thu Mar 28, 2013 7:32 pm


I have been in Indiana many times in my distant past when I was the technical rep for a paper mill in Maine that made coated paper for magazines. One printer was in Kokomo and the other in Warsaw. In Champaign and Indy regarding flying in and out or sometimes driving from Dayton or from Matoon Ill. For the circumstances for my being there and for schedule I did not have an opportunity to explore the territory. I had about a dozen printers to visit from W.Va to St.Lewis and up to Des Moines and Chicago. I did see a lot of open road, corn fields and pigs in my travels and the highest "hill" and biggest bull (preserved) in Indiana. Did have only a brief glance at Indiana lakeshore enroute from Warsaw to Chicago. I did on occasion fly on Ozark Airline. That was a thrill.

D9, District Nine, how novel. Paint D9 on the lake side so some mariner in the fog might determine which district he is in. :) and then the way via the rivers and the Gulf to D7. I'd sign on for that voyage and get a taste of river navigation that I know only from what I have read.
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Postby CHUCKX53 » Fri Mar 29, 2013 12:43 am


Oh, don't get me wrong, there's SOME nice spots her in the Hoo-sure state....They're just all down south. Up here in the 'flatlands', Scenery is at a vile premium, unless,of course, one LIKES looking at corn and bean fields for miles and miles. Without looking it up, I believe that the highest pile of dirt in this state is 1257 Ft above sea level....And that's on the other side of the state, over close to Ohio !

Here in the 'heartland', you aren't missing much. It's so scenery-deprived it brings one to tears. I sometimes sit on my porch in the very late evening and imagine the big field across from me is a big harbor, and the distant cell-towers with their red lights blinking are Lighthouses. If it's real dark, I can almost convince myself. The only thing missing is the sound of the water.

We stayed the night on Bois Blanc Iland up in Lake Huron one night back in 2005. We were at a small cabin that could best be described as 'rustic'....But the view was marvelous. I could spot both Poe Reef and 14-Foot Shoal, their lights winking on and off, hear the distant sounds of their foghorns. We also stayed at Beaver Island a few nights back in 2007-08. I'd sit outside the motel at night with a fantastic view of St, James Harbor and it's namesake light. It was about as close to heaven as one could get.
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Postby island » Fri Mar 29, 2013 9:38 pm


Most definately flat out your way. It has been said that if you pour a cup of water on the ground it will run all the way to Chicago. 8O (Actually the fluid described was not water and not poured) :) Though for having but little free time I did gain greatly from my conctacts with many fine people living in those land-locked states, now gone so to speak but not forgotten after very many years. And this made me realize how fortunate I am having experienced coastal living and for that place on the island that is my real home where I live much as lightkeepers did in years past, without electicity or running water and other such modern conviences. This where a priority concern is the weather and tide today and that anticipated for days following. There is no better way to understand and appreciate life during the years of those keepers than by living it, though not exactly for that is not possible but living similarly. I might suggest that for doing this I perhaps appreciate that which many may take for granted in life in the current times. But maybe this is more for being over the hill, a pile of dirt , a mental rendition of that highest pile of dirt in Indiana.
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