How Did The Ludington Fire Department Handle This One?


One has to wonder how the fire department of Ludington effectively handled this fire? It is the lighthouse that is a good quarter of a mile out into Lake Michigan on the breakwater. This time its light was a warning to itself!

I would hazard to say that the fire department pumped water out of Lake Michigan itself to put out that fire. But can you imagine if the lake was ripe with high waves? I don’t think the fire department would have risked it then. Yet maybe that wavy day itself might have put out that fire? Does anyone know how much damage that lighthouse incurred during that blaze? Maybe a boat was dispatched to put out the fire? Does anyone recall what year this was?

Super Belding

This is the path that led to Super Belding at Camp Mishawaka. That was my assignment for the summer as a counselor. Kids by the name of Josh DeCarl, Billy Barbre, David Cook, Sean McKenna, David Larson, Keith Hardy, and Tom Gardner were all part of my program. My camping skills program was full from the second day forward even though Cap Cavins never thought my program would be so popular and he was the camp director. All the sessions were completely full and the kids really enjoyed learning how to camp out. I taught them how to use a hatchet, set up a tent, start a fire without matches, how to use a compass, how to purify water, and how to have fun while camping. I cleared out some land under the trees for the tents to be put up. The kids really enjoyed outdoor cooking. Everything took place at Super building except how to use a hatchet. That took place on the trail that you see here. It was a great summer for me and one I’ll never forget. Nick Larsen thought I had super Belding looking better than ever before.

A Blue Sky at Big Bass Lake

Someone recently brought something to my attention about our posts on Big Bass Lake. They asked me why so many pictures have an overcast sky? Just lucky I guess. Well today I have a blue sky for you. But overcast or blue Big Bass Lake is always special to me. It was a great swimming Lake and an adequate fishing lake. Our family never had a high-powered speed boat but we did have a motorboat and the rowboat. Our neighbor Frank Benish once took us for a ride in his speed boat. We had a great time zooming about the lake. My friend John had a pontoon boat and I enjoyed going out on the Wake with him. But at least today you have a blue sky over the lake.

Rural Michigan Roads

I am very familiar with this road. It was one of two roads that let into my home in Scottvile, Michigan. I enjoyed dirt roads or Sand roads as some call them. When I first came to Michigan these kinds of Roads outnumbered the paved ones. It was a simpler time then. You couldn’t travel as fast on them so you got to enjoy the scenery more. Now Arizona has more of these then Michigan. Darlene didn’t like dirt roads because when anyone went by us too fast the dust was incredibly bad especially if she was gardening. Even if you were hiking on the road the dust was bad. In my early days not much traffic on these roads. But I’ll be back in Michigan in two more weeks. Hurray!

The Starvation Plantation


Just off Michigan 37 and heading toward Big Bass Lake was this sign which was passed on each and every trip to our family farm. I believe it was close in to the thriving, at one time, town of Peacock, Michigan, at least that’s what my dad once told me. To me then it was just a town with not even a break in the speed limit. A few houses and that was about it.

Then came The Starvation Plantation. I offered wondered just what that was? Was it a statement by the owners how broke they were? What kind of work was done on that property? Were they into oil speculation? What I should have done was just stop by and ask to satisfy my curiousity but I never did. Maybe it was a farm that just couldn’t produce an iota of food?

How about today? is that Starvation Plantation still in existence and does anyone out there know who owns it and what they do? Let us know by way of a comment.


There’s an ABC Television program called, “Wipeout”, but this is the Big Bass Lake version.  Althugh I’m not exactly sure what is being wiped out here?  I don’t see a tow line at all in this photograph so I’m not quite sure what is being wiped out?

I would hazard a guess that it was more than likely a tubing wipeout given the shape of the thing being wiped out.  At any rate, this is an excellent view of something that is being wiped out even though the object in question is uncertain?  Anyone out there know for sure?

Bloody Antler Road and Trail

The road you’re presently on is the Bloody Antler Trail. It’s about to meet the Big Bass Lake Road just off our property. The Bloody Antler Trail goes up and down two Hills before disappearing into the Manistee National Forest. The Trail was named as a hunting trail for deer. About a mile down the road a grassy path goes into the forest with a swamp on each side of the trail. After about a 3-mile hike the trail opens up into a Christmas tree farm. I took each of my boys clubs down the road and Trail always at night. It is still there yet today.

Southwest Missouri Boys and Girls Club Basketball Games

Almost 4 minutes long into the game and the score is nothing to nothing. Great defense but not much offense. Do you know anyone that has ever tripped over the free-throw line? How many baskets can you make? The red ribbon Basket is constructed in arts and crafts. The blue team has more turnovers than McDonald’s. What do they call the people that officiated the Games? They are Known As a Specific animal. The zebra. One team has more fouls than Chick-fil-A. I hope it’s a great game and that someone finally scores.

Moose on the Mound

Moose was one of the most serious kids I ever met. And how he got the name of Moose I’ll never know. As you can tell he wasn’t a big kid. One of those friends told me he used to like Bullwinkle and Rocky. Maybe that’s why he’s called Moose. At any rate, he was a great little pitcher for a baseball program at the Bradenton Boys Club. Our summer league had to be in the morning before the hot sun took over the afternoon. Then the boys wanted to be inside in the air conditioning and I can’t blame them. Moose had a mean curveball and struck out a lot of kids. He wasn’t much with the bat and he struck out about as many as he struck out pitching. How He Loved baseball. I sometimes wonder how far Moose got with his pitching? I wonder if he ever made the Major Leagues? Does he look like a Moose to you?

St. Lad’s and Sister Wilma Ross

Sister Wilma Ross, the nun without a habit was one special person to me when I was at St. Ladislas in Columbus Ohio. I called her The Singing Nun and she was teaching 7th grade at the time. I taught physical education there through the Salesian Center and Boys Club in 1975-76. When I left that school I received a card from every student in the school. My mailman at my new address thought I was a celebrity with all the mail I got in two days. Sister Wilma was always happy and most Charming. I am glad she is doing well yet today and still at St. Lad’s. At times I would arrive early so I can hear the kids sing in the chapel. It saddens me that the school is no longer in operation. I really enjoyed working there.

An Endurance Test

All up and down the coast in Michigan alongside Lake Michigan there are many endurance tests by way of sand dunes. On those hot summer days, the endurance test not only involves your leg strength but how much heat your feet can endure. Going up takes a great deal of stanima on both the legs and feet, not to mention the heart. Your feet continually must combat the sifting sand as sometimes it seems the progess you make is not as great as it might seem as each step brings your feet somewhat down as well.

I prefer going down sand dunes especially if Lake Michigan is directly below them as my reward is a cool dip into the lake thus quenching my hot feet. But, if you’re in any kind of training, going up those sand dunes should be your option as it is a great strength enforcer.

Make sure you have an adequate supply of drinking water on you as well or designate a friend to carry it for you if you are the one in training. Football players can get a real good workout on their legs on these dunes.

For me, I enjoy going down them and then to go swimming for awhile. But, then, yes, I also have to endure the climb back up before jumping in my car to head home. Say, I wonder if I could talk the State of Michigan into sand dune lifts like they have at ski lodges?

The Mystery Spot

No, this isn’t the house that Oliver Wendall Douglas purchased after Lisa made him sell Green Acres. Can you even imagine how she would have viewed this house? Rather, this is a house at the Mystery Spot which Mike and I visit every two years and it is located in the UP of Michigan. It offers an amazingly similar menu of wall-walking, seat-balancing, body-shrinking and growing tricks.

In the early 1950’s, 3 surveyors named Clarence, Fred and McCray came from California to explore the Upper Peninsula. They stumbled across an area of land where their surveying equipment didn’t seem to work properly. For instance, no matter how many times they tried to level their tripod, through the use of a plum-bob or level, the plum-bob would always be drawn far to the east, even as the level was reading level. As they continued their research of this land, they noticed a constant feeling of being light-headed. Later, realizing their queasiness and problems with the surveying equipment only occurred in an area about 300 feet in diameter, they felt they had discovered a “Mystery Spot”.

Millions have visited they Mystery Spot and many return year after year to experience the unusual sensations that occur within its boundaries. Where else can a tall person seem smaller by comparison or climb a wall and tilt precariously into the air but not fall? Gravity tends to play a role while sitting in a chair with its back legs balanced on a beam and front legs suspended in the air. You will without a doubt remember your visit to the Mystery Spot for years to come.

They have recently added a zip line which was great fun. I am waiting for their utt Putt All-Week Course. Can you imagine the twists that course would have in this locale?