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Fall colors surround Grand Island Lighthouse

Andrew Norton

The Grand Island East Channel Lighthouse is a weather-beaten beacon that has been restored in recent years and really hasn't looked better in a long time. I love the contrast of the barren weather-greyed siding of the lighthouse with an array of colors as a backdrop. According to it is,"one of the most photographed lighthouses on the Great Lakes as two local boat tour companies navigate pass it."

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Welcome fall with new Pure Michigan ad, Deep Breath

Andrew Norton

Today, September 22, at 5:18pm (to be exact) fall officially begins and summer draws to an end. Even though 2009 was the summer that really wasn't summer I still look forward to, and enjoy, the fall. It's a great time for taking hikes and enjoying the beautiful fall colors in Michigan. Take a 'Deep Breath' and enjoy the changing of the seasons with the latest Pure Michigan commercial.

Take a Michigan fall color tour aboard the Pere Marquette 1225 Steam Locomotive

Andrew Norton

Talk about a unique experience! Can you imagine the thrill of viewing Michigan's wonderful fall color show aboard the Pere Marquette 1225 steam engine? I mean, Michigan's fall colors are amazing, but to hear the chug-chugging of the steam engine and hear that wonderful whistle blow? Paradise! As a child, I once road a train (it was a diesel, but as a kid I couldn't care - I was on a train!) for a fall color tour. It was so much fun and a very memorable experience. We packed up some snacks for the ride which was, I believe, a couple of hours. I'm pretty sure the best part was riding on a train - I don't remember what the fall foliage looked like ;).

The October 3, 2009 trip aboard either the Pere Marquette 1225 or the Nickel Plate Road 765 departs Alma at 9am and returns at 7pm. Tickets start at $125 for Coach and $200 for First Class (which includes a boxed lunch). For $135 you can get an open window seat for what I'm sure will be excellent photo opportunities. Order tickets online at

Per the Steam Railroading Institute website:

Celebrate the glorious fall foliage behind two steam locomotives! Together again for the first time since 1991, Pere Marquette 1225 and Nickel Plate Road 765 will be powering the Steam Railroading Institute's historically significant fall excursion to Cadillac, Michigan on October 3rd.

Here's some footage of the Pere Marquette 1225 from 2005 back when she was still lettered with 'Polar Express' for the movie of the same name that was released in theaters in 2004. For those who don't know, the Pere Marquette 1225 served as the model for the steam locomotive in the movie and you can hear it's whistle blowing and steam exhaust in the movie as those samples were recorded directly from the 1225 in operation. I never thought of this, but it was pointed out at Wikipedia that the road number, 1225, is also the date for Christmas - 12/25.

This November you can purchase a model of the Pere Marquette 1225 for any of the railfans in your family :).

Where is your favorite spot in Michigan for the fall colors?

Andrew Norton

It's that time of the year again when Michigan's landscape explodes in a beautiful palette of color. My two-year-old daughter and I have already started collecting some of the wonderfully hued leaves from the silver maples in our back yard. I couldn't believe it last week when I gazed up into the upper reaches of one of the silver maples and could see a handful of leaves beginning to blush with color. I simply love the area around here in southwest Michigan for fall color viewing. With so many rivers, state land, and a wonderful covered bridge in nearby Centreville it's a hotspot for fall color photography. I've also had the privilege of witnessing the show that is put on in the Upper Peninsula and that is a definite "must see" if you have never taken the opportunity to witness the fall colors in Michigan's Upper Peninsula.

Here's yet another great Pure Michigan ad to get you in the mood for Michigan's fall color show:

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