I have a great fascination (obsession really -- have a blog for that too) with lighthouses and shipwrecks and Great Lakes history, so for me, the 'elements' theme spoke loudly to that. When we visit a lighthouse, I'm always in awe of the power of the wind and water and the keepers and lifesavers that lived in those isolated places and braved the elements to keep the ships safe.
Crisp Point Light
This light is in the Michigan UP on the Lake Superior coast and it's one of those very isolated lights. It was better than an hour drive from a real road. Now, I love the UP, but half the "roads" are snowmobile tracks in the winter. We had to buy a snowmobile map to get to some places on our last visit!
And the Yoopers can be real comedians, when it some to giving directions...
For example, we were told to follow this one road (track) and look for another track going off to the right, but "there's no sign, so when ever you pass a track, look over your shoulder on the right and you'll see this green shed back in the woods -- you can't see it from the direction you're driving -- if they didn't tear it down yet, that's where you back up and turn..." HUH??
So, even if you visit in August -- trust me on this-- you need a snowmobile trail map!