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Last week I took a field trip to Sheboygan, which is about a three hour drive. Lots of people do a lot of driving in October around here to see the "Fall color," and it was a bit late for that, but it was still a balmy day for October, and they had a kick-ass new exhibit up at the Kohler Center.

After I saw art, I bummed around by the water and had lunch on the pier. I also checked out the downtown and poked around in their massive library. They have jigsaw puzzles you can take home on the honor system--how fun! A great big stack of them. I love the old buildings downtown. It's very affordable to live there, and I could totally see myself in a brick loft like the one above (you know, just like Vic and Jacob but without the annoyance of home ownership). Maybe someday...

I was telling Pete, "Let's go back to that park and check out the fake shipwreck," and he said, "I don't think it's fake." Good thing I didn't bet money on that! In the spirit of the Boeing by the side of the road, I found myself exploring a shipwreck by the side of the road. It was a lot older than the Boeing, but no money box that I could see.

Thankfully, there was a sign so I could know what I was looking at! "The Lottie Cooper capsized off Sheboygan during a fierce gale, on April 9, 1894. Much of her original structure was salvaged September 1, 1992 during construction of the Carbor Centre Marina. The 89-foot long center section on display here is believed to be the largest section of a Great Lakes schooner on public exhibit.

"The Lottie Cooper was built by the Rand and Burger Shipyard, of Manitowoc, WI in 1876, and was named for the daughter of one of the original owners. The vessel was 131 feet long, 27 feet wide, 9 feet in depth of hold, and measured 20 gross tons. She represents an historic period when thousands of commercial wooden sail and steam vessels worked the dangerous waters of the Great Lakes."

Do non-Great Lakes denizens in general have a sense of the size of the lakes? Their area is about half that of the Baltic Sea and they contain 20% of the Earth's surface fresh water. I grew up on Lake Erie. Chicago, Milwaukee and Sheboyban are all on Lake Michigan.

 Yay, orbs. I love orbs. It was blindingly bright so I took a picture of the light coming through the hole in the wrecked hull just to see how it would turn out.

Here are a couple of textures I shot. I cranked the ISO way down to try to capture some good midtones since it was really bright out and it seemed to do the trick. It's inspired me to dig a bit deeper and learn more about photography. Since I subscribe to Lynda.com, I can take advantage of some of their photography courses...two of which I watched mostly for the lingo and procedures when I was writing Pretty Ugly.

My one great disappointment was that Chance had closed up Sweets to the Sweet already by the time I got there.



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Oct. 25th, 2010 08:57 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the photo journal. My only frame of reference for Sheboygan is the running joke in Some Like It Hot about the Sheboygan Conservatory of Music. The shots are lovely, very impressive. I've always been fascinated by Great Lakes wrecks. There are some amazing stories lurking around.
Oct. 25th, 2010 10:49 pm (UTC)
There was a class called History of Western New York I should have taken in high school...I was so anti-history (because I did poorly in the subject, had memory problems with it) that I wouldn't have dreamed of taking an elective history. Which I now regret. I probably could have learned about some of those amazing stories.
Oct. 25th, 2010 11:50 pm (UTC)
I found a book on Great Lakes shipwrecks when I was in Minnesota. If I ever straighten up my office enough to find it, I'll send you the info.
Oct. 25th, 2010 09:59 pm (UTC)
I think the whole "Lakes" bit confuses people. They should be called seas!
Oct. 25th, 2010 10:49 pm (UTC)
Agreed. I think they're not because they're fresh water.
Oct. 25th, 2010 10:08 pm (UTC)
I don't think much about the Great Lakes, they just sit there in the middle. I have more experience with Erie and Ontario which are significantly smaller. A cool ship wreck though.
Oct. 25th, 2010 10:50 pm (UTC)
I've never seen Lake Superior. Maybe that's a field trip for next summer.
Oct. 26th, 2010 05:59 am (UTC)
Non-locals generally don't think of the Great Lakes as a bona fide coastline. However, once you have to take a boat to get to Lake Erie's islands, you get a better perspective. I've boated about on 3 of the 5.
Oct. 26th, 2010 12:07 pm (UTC)
I think there are some good islands in the upper part of Lake Michigan, too. Again, on my "someday" list.
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