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“Guardians of the Great Lakes: The Michigan Shore”

Lighthouse Special

Like moths attracted to an evening light, sailors have searched for the welcoming beacons of Michigan's Great Lakes lighthouses since 1825. Most of these early navigational aids consisted of a light keeper's residence and tower for the light, often rising 80 to 100 feet. There are thousands of shipwrecks documented on the Great Lakes, but it is the countless number of lives saved by the tirelessly working keepers of the light that we honor with our visit to some of Michigan's Mysterious Lighthouses. Whether it was the shoals, the rolling fog or fiercest of storms that put the seamen and their ships in danger, it was the lighthouse keeper's responsibility to sound the warning and keep the beacons beaming through it all. As we tour these historic guardians of the lakes, we will discover the mysterious, solitary lives led by the lighthouse keepers, and how their tales take on a life of their own, as though the walls and towers could talk. Come along as the guiding lights lead us into the past.

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Episode #1204 It Wont Hurt Us To Go To Curtis

“It Won't Hurt Us To Go To Curtis”

Episode #1204

Curtis is a place in the U.P. that most people have never been to and don’t know much about, so to quote an old friend, “It won’t hurt us to go Curtis.” We visit three large, nearby lakes with the same name - Big Manistique, Little Manistique, and North Manistique. We will enjoy fishing, hiking and friends galore.

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Episode #906

"Big Island Canoe Area"

(Michigan's Upper Peninsula')
Episode 906 Big Island Canoe Area

Manistique MI

Located in the Hiawatha National Forest in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, Big Island Lake Wilderness contains 23 small lakes ranging in size from 5 to 149 acres and the only way to reach each one is to portage in. After time spent in the wild we end our trip at one of the rustic celebrations the U.P. is known for, Folkfest.


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Episode #8021

"Hiking In The Trees"

(Grey County, Ontario)
Episode 8021 Hiking In The Trees

Grey County ON

Autumn color abounds as we take you on a vacation you will never forget. We take a hike across tree tops in an old growth forest and then end with a zip line down 300 feet from the top of the Niagara Escarpment. Along the way we will stop at the oldest brewery in Ontario.

Great Getaways is a television travel series that spotlights active getaway adventures across the Midwest and Canada with an emphasis on the outdoors. Host Tom O'Boyle travels to a variety of destinations and talks to the locals about vacation and recreation opportunities. Join us as we continue to discover more Great Getaways.

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