Day One – Lighthouse Tour: White River Light Station
White River Light Station by far is one of my favorite lighthouses to visit. A short trip from Muskegon takes you on a winding road around Muskegon Lake in North Muskegon, past the Muskegon State Park and Duck Lake. The road takes you through the overbearing forest (soon to make a gorgeous trip in the fall) opening up to Lake Michigan and the soft sands of the shoreline. The road to the station narrows as you pass summer cottages and some fairly new condos looking as though the road ends, but in turning left opens into a small parking lot surprisingly full. The station was built in 1875, made of Michigan limestone and brick. After doing a little research the first lighthouse keeper, Captain William Robinson, served for 47 years, making him one of Michigan’s eldest keepers (White River Station, 2011)! The setting gives you a sense of serenity, walking out upon the pier lined with fisherman (now making sense of the parking lot condition). As I begin walking up the stairs I state, “this is it!” in which Molly states repeatedly this is not a lighthouse. This is when I knew the trip had begun. After a few lines of convincing we walked the perimeter in the cold winds, took a few pictures, and were on to the next.
Looking at the White River Light Station’s website it states that the lighthouse is now a museum and is open from 10AM-5PM until the end of October. Whether we were too involved in defining a lighthouse or it wasn’t actually open…we didn’t tour it. However, only a short drive from the homestead we’ll be back soon to give it a go around. Climbing those winding stairs to the top is exciting, and to think those stairs were traveled by the same man for 47 years will be well worth another trip!