Saturday, August 25, 2007

Rockin' in Northport

While exploring the Northport area, we noticed a large number of homes decorated with rocks. At first we thought this was just a good use of materials - after all, the shoreline is extremely rocky, with pebbles and rocks of all sizes scattered everywhere (see the South Manitou beach pictures).

We even came across a rock hanging from a frame in town. At first we thought it was one of those "weather rocks". You know, "if the rock is wet it's raining, etc.". But it had no plaque or explanation or markings". So what's that all about?

Here are some examples of the homes in Northport.

But, after seeing some of the homes (and the GT Lighthouse), it appeared there was something else going on. After all, you don't just make a stone planter like this because you don't have any other materials!

And, of course, there was the Woolsey Airport.

We finally found the explanation at the Grand Traverse Light.

"Stonework" as a hobby. We're glad they took it up. It left an interesting legacy for future generations.

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