Friday, July 1, 2011

Day trip to Port Huron!

Today the fam and I planned a day trip to the thumb area of Michigan, better known as Port Huron. I had thought it'd make for a great day of sight seeing and watching the huge boats sail through the harbor. The night before, I made up a bunch of fried chicken and brownies. That morning, we packed up coolers full of food and drinks and started on our journey!


Of course with all things, we were basically flying by the seat of our pants. We didn't really have a clear cut of what to do once we actually got there. But we found ourselves an awesome park, right on the St. Clair river, which also happens to be part of Lake Huron. It also just so happens to separate us Yanks from our Canadian counterparts.

Some signage letting us know we've finally made it after our 2 hour drive...

Our first stop was Lighthouse Beach. Home of the Fort Gratroit Lighthouse. The park ran right along the river and had beautiful, almost clear water and a GREAT view of the bridge to Canada and all the boats as they headed to and from.


Look Ma! There's Canada!

The Lighthouse...


The beautiful Michigan waters...

Cameron took a chance and found out that although our Michigan water is beautiful, it's also FREEZING!! This isn't no North Caroline ocean bath water kiddo!

The boys walking along the shore line...

Nicole popping a squat, enjoying the beautiful weather and beach...

....with Alyssa. She's thrilled.

The Parentals posing with the Lighthouse...

Jon and I with the beautiful Lake Huron behind us....


As luck would have it, we were able to catch a freighter boat come in. From what we could try and make out, it looked like it had Alaska written on it. It was pretty amazing just watching it coast on in.

After enjoying the view from there, we decided to head to another park we had heard about. Where the kids could actually go swimming. The signs around Lighthouse Beach advised not to swim due to the "deep water and strong current" and it will also be a beach where swimmers will swim at "Own Risk with No Lifeguards on Duty." As much as I love my kids, I just didn't feel like trying to rescue them from the icy cold water on this day. So off to a different park we went!


As not to be confused with Lighthouse BEACH, we finally found Lighthouse PARK. Here there was beautiful grounds, homes that face the park/water that I would give my right arm to live in and plenty of beach area for swimming and picnicking!


Cassie and Alyssa chilling at one of the picnic benches...

While we were setting up and moving our picnic tables, the kids all headed to the park to play...







After a little bit of playing around, we had the kids change into their swimsuits and let them swim to their little hearts content in the cold water, while us adults pigged out on chicken, brownies and watermelon. Fortunately for you all, we didn't really take a lot of pictures of that. ;)

Finally with our bellies full and the kids exhausted after a couple hours of beach time, we packed up our goodies and headed out to find another fabulous place to check out.  We decided to drive along the rivers edge to wear the bridge to Canada was. We came upon that freighter we saw earlier and we noticed ANOTHER park! Of course we pulled over and watched as the freighter headed back out to sea.

That's when we noticed the water in the canal was blue. I mean seriously, unnatural blue!

The bridge leading to Canada, eh?!

A view down the canal..

Alyssa and Cassie posing with Canada...



What I loved best about this little canal area, was that they had these huge freighters that would travel down them, right along side these little boats and paddle boats as well. I would be petrified that I'd get run over!!
So a little known fact that Port Huron just so happened to be the birthplace of Thomas Edison. Under the Blue Water Bridge (which is the bridge to Canada), they have a cute little museum dedicated to him. And the area that we're walking along is called the Thomas Edison Parkway Riverwalk. That's a mouthful, isn't it?!

All of us, hanging out along the river walk...

They also had fishing areas set up along the fence line (that was a 10ft drop to the river, straight down!) where people could stick their pole in, hop back into their truck and just wait for fish to take the bait. In this picture below, Jack was about one minute from getting yelled at by some crusty old man for being too close to his fishing pole. We also pretty much believe we saw a drug deal go down and we even saw a guy climb the fence and dive into the canal only to climb back up (apparently they have ladders every 1/2 mile or so for the idiots that like to dive in) and then do it again! Life in Michigan is always full of surprises!

Mom and Dad with bridge...

We spent some time checking things out right around the base of the bridge and then decided to walk the Riverwalk to see what we could find!

Alyssa, Cameron and Cassie posing with a brick light house....

There were a few ships parked along the side of the River walk. This was one of them. 
The Huron Light Ship...




It also had these little park ways and areas perfect for just lounging around and getting some great photo's taken...

Towards the end of our journey, we came across a Coast Guard ship, the USCG Cutter Bramie.


A couple of views from the Riverwalk...


We were almost a little sad that we discovered this part of the city after the rest of it. I know Jon and I could of spent most of the day just sitting there, watching the boats go by. Behind us (in this picture above) there was more parks filled with tennis courts, playgrounds, picnic benches and tons of other little activities that would make summers spent here extremely enjoyable. Winters on the other hand - I'll pass!


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  1. How fun for you guys! It looks lovely, but your right; winters there - NO THANKS!

    ...it IS freakishly blue.

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