Fishtown (and other places...)
Trip Start Sep 29, 2007
21Trip End Oct 14, 2007
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But I found the location I do believe where Port Oneida itself once existed, and went to look at the beach. I couldn't believe the size of the white caps on the waves pummeling the beach. It was wild and windy and loud! Not only did I need my winter coat - but I had to pull out my wool headband for my ears. The wind was just too much. What a beautiful location. Again - I was the only person around for miles, it seemed. I spent almost 45 minutes here - enjoying the crashing waves, the views of both North and South Manitou Islands and the seagulls riding the wind.
After hiking around on that beach, I decided I was hungry and headed back to my apartment for lunch. A few quick emails - and I headed back out - this time towards Leland. It took me quite some time before I actually made it there - I felt compelled to check out a few side roads here and there along the way. I found a nice creek and a beach at Good Harbor Bay. I could see why they named it "Good Harbor" - it was a complete contrast to the wild waves hitting the west coast. It was fairly serene and peaceful, and I was even able to take my jacket off. There was a large freighter of some sort in the Bay - and was wondering if the weather on the other side was keeping the ship from leaving the Bay...
Leland. Its historical district, known as Fishtown, features rustic shanties and docks reminiscent of life and commercial fishing one hundred years ago. Today, galleries and unique shops fill their walls, and charter fishing trips and the only public ferry to the popular Manitou Islands depart from those same docks. The adjacent full service marina is the perfect place for launching and mooring boats on Lake Michigan.
Terry Phipps - a highly acclaimed commercial and editorial photographer/author. I knew of his work and have even looked through some of his books recently.
After talking with him for some time, he and his delightful girlfriend Margaret invited me to dine with them at The Cove. "Wow," I thought to myself, "how fortunate can one be to meet such a person out of the blue?". We surprisingly didn't discuss photography at the dinner table - Margaret's sister and a friend also were at the table, and we ended up sharing funny vacation stories for the most part. Very enjoyable company - and if by chance you are reading this - thanks for the fun evening guys!
What an excellent meal at this restaurant! And lovely surroundings. It is outfitted as a tribute to Leland's nautical heritage; vintage canoes hang from rafters, and outboards line the staircase. I dined on "Campfire Whitefish" baked in foil with peppers and onions. It was melt-in-your-mouth good. What I did NOT try, however - is their signature drink. Are you ready for this? It's called a "Chubby Mary". It's a Bloody Mary - with a smoked fish chub stuck into it. Don't believe it? Click here and it see for yourself. UGH!