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Blustery Lake Superior

Thursday, October 29th, 2009

Lake Superior summer nights

Back in the day, the light keepers at Split Rock and other Great Lakes lighthouses always had relatively easy duty during the summer months.  Short nights, warm evenings, and settled weather made their jobs easy at that time of year.

October rains at Split Rock

This time of year, late October and November, bring on the rain and snow and days and nights that the northeast winds howls in off of the lake as low front after low front bring in Canadian cold blasts.  This October has been the wicked sister to a warm and quiet September that took summer with it.

Split Rock Lighthouse fall frenzy

Tuesday, October 13th, 2009

Keeping up with this blogging business is a challenge.  Talking about life and times at Split Rock Lighthouse is the main purpose of this blog, but everyone here is so busy running to keep up with the high visitation, preparing for next year’s centennial and battening down for winter that chatting sometimes takes a back seat.  No excuses.

Autumn colors at Split Rock LighthouseFor those who have made it to the lighthouse and the North Shore this fall it has been a mixed bag of weather.  A record warm September followed a very cool summer.  Now, the first snowfall has come in the form of an inch or so last Saturday morning.  I spent last Saturday putting up the storm windows on our home in the middle keeper’s dwelling in a strong wind.  That job is always an indication that summer, and even autumn, are over.  Even with the freezing nights the fall colors have lasted a couple of weeks later than normal.  This upcoming weekend is teacher’s workshop weekend in Minnesota, which means the kids, and most of the teachers, get a four-day weekend.  This will also be the last weekend of the regular tour season at Split Rock.  Now, the next major event with be the Edmund Fitzgerald Beacon Lighting on November 10.

Split Rock Museum Store Happenings

Sunday, October 11th, 2009

Welcome to my first ever Blog from the Split Rock Lighthouse Museum Store. Lots has been happening here in preparation for the upcoming 2010 Centennial.
New product is arriving weekly. Check out the web store currently featuring our 2010 monthly Anniversary Calendar, 12 months of photos, both historic  and modern,  depicting the Lighthouse during all seasons. Other product will be featured soon.

Front cover of the 2010 Anniversary Edition Calendar

October 3rd Cathy Wurzer held a book signing here for her book “Tales of the Road“. The book signing was well attended and many of our visitors recognized Cathy from her work at WCCO in the Twin Cities and from her MPR program as well.  Cathy will be back next summer - watch the MHS Calendar of Events for her next visit as well as other Anniversary events.