Lake Erie

After trying to figure out where to go for the three day Labor Day weekend, I decided on the Lake Erie area in Ohio and Cleveland, where I flew into on Friday night. After landing, I made a b-line to Erie, Pennsylvania, where I stayed the night. I then spent Saturday morning visiting lighthouses in Erie, including my first stop at the Erie Land Lighthouse. The misty cloudy morning didn’t make for the best pictures, but the sun started to come out as I next drove to Presque Isle State Park to view the Presque Isle and Presque Isle North Pierhead lights. I got in a quick round of disc golf in East Springfield before heading west along Lake Erie and back into Ohio, where I got a distant view of the modern -looking Conneaut West Breakwater Lighthouse in Conneaut.

Further west in Ashtabula was my next venture as I played the super-fun disc golf course there and viewed the cool lighthouse.  I was hoping to walk out towards the house in the water but the cold windy temperatures and strong current prevented that notion and I was only able to get a few very distant shots of the light. My next stop was at the two lighthouses in Fairport Harbor, where I got to climb to the top of the inland light. I then walked out to the end of a pier to view the west breakwater light, which looked similar to the Ashtabula light. I wanted to get a closer look of this light, so I parked my car at Headlands Beach State Park and walked along the beach and onto the breakwater. But the crashing waves and high winds prevented me from getting too close for some nice close-up shots. I then continued west along the lake and played a few more courses in Willoughby, Euclid and Richmond Heights before settling in for the night at the Hiram Inn in Hiram, where I enjoyed a scrumptious dinner at the Welshfield Inn.

I spent Sunday morning playing a couple more courses in Middlefiled and Newbury before driving to downtown Cleveland to catch a boat ride along the river at the Cleveland Harbor. Since I got there a few hours before the boat set sail, I explored the harbor and got some great photos of the downtown skyline.  The two-hour boat cruise was very nice as we meandered along the Cuyahoga River while passing under the many bridges. And as an extra bonus, the annual airshow just happened to be going on, so the sky was full of old biplanes and F-15 fighter jets flying overhead. I also got to view the two Cleveland Harbor lighthouses from the boat.

I next checked out the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and really wish I had more time to explore it, as I was in classic rock heaven. And it only got sweeter as I went out on the second floor balcony to catch the Blue Angels flying above. I then continued west along the lake to the Lorain and Vermillion lighthouses before driving onto Marblehead Island, where I rented a cabin on the lake. A small point by the cabin provided a great view of the Cedar Point Amusement Park across the water. The sun was getting ready to set so I visited the lighthouse there to find to my shock about 100 other people who also had the same idea. I then enjoyed a nice dinner in downtown Marblehead before retiring for the night.

I went back to the lighthouse early Monday morning to get some great sunrise photos before checking out and heading over to East Harbor State Park to play some more disc golf. Port Clinton was just down the road, and is where I ended up next playing the local course there and checking out the small lighthouse at Brands’ Marina. As I made my way to yet another course in Norwalk, I decided at the last second to go to Cedar Point mainly to see the lighthouse there. Unbeknownst to me, I didn’t have to go through the park to get to the light, but I’m glad I checked it out, even though I didn’t have enough time to go on a single roller coaster.

I then played the Norwalk course, plus the Wellington and Parma courses as I made my way back to Cleveland. I met up with an old friend who I haven’t seen in fifteen years for dinner and he was gracious enough to let me crash at his place before getting up at 3:30 in the morning to catch my flight back home. Overall, it was a great whirlwind trip, where I saw 14 lighthouses and played 12 disc golf courses.

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