The drive out is usually at night and we fill the mundane road with NPR stories and TED talks. I think my favorite part of the drive out is the wind farms, with their big blades slowly turning and the red lights glowing like a giant field of robotic creatures all standing tall in the night. Once we hit the other side of Fort Wayne we usually find a truck stop or a Walmart we can park at and sleep. The next day is full of activity. Mr. Trent usually ends up playing seven or eight sets all over the fairgrounds and we pack up exhausted heading to the closest parking lot to sleep.
The next day however is when I usually delve into some snap shots. I try to find a route that is conducive to whatever whim I feel like venturing into. The goal of the last return trip was some fall foliage images. Our first real stop brought about what you will see today. We stopped in the town of Michigan City, Indiana. What is there you may ask. The answer being lighthouses of course-if you haven’t figured it out yet, I am pretty obsessed-two pretty spectacular ones to be exact. We parked and walked by the Michigan City Old Lighthouse Museum. Unfortunately it wasn’t open but the day was beautiful and there weren’t many people around so I was able to snap away. We then hiked on, and on, and on yet further down and around some dunes to a beautiful sandy beach that led toward a long pier. At the end of the pier was another lighthouse, crisp white, red and black really separated the the building from the deep blues of the water and sky. The breeze was cool, but the sun was warm on my face. We walked to the long cement pier and I climbed up and around where I could.
Unfortunately the stop had to be a short one and we needed to keep driving to take advantage of the best light for pictures. I will stop here with just the lighthouses and continue next week with the rest of this adventure.