We stayed on the jetty down to the lighthouse but finally took the plunge down to the lake to get photos of the icy lighthouse.
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It was like a giant playground with kids and sleds and dogs and laughter.
Some fish-eye views.
Walking on the moon.
Kids were trying to break through the ice, and others were drinking wine from their lawn chairs or taking pictures of ice chunks, but mostly people were enjoying the novelty of walking on water.
Walking back we could see how far out on the lake we were.
Lake Michigan is now a Grand Haven playground and if we closed our eyes, it could have been a day at the beach ~ children yelling, screaming and having fun.
We shuffled back to shore and although we weren't (all that) nervous about walking on the water, we were happy to reach the shore :-)
Continuing our way back we saw an EMS guy on the jetty carrying a plastic leg cast. Uh oh. Right behind him came this cop and immediately thereafter, the lighthouse foghorn started, calling people in. Yes, those hundreds of people out on the frozen lake, some of them more than a mile from shore.
Back in the parking lot we saw the emergency vehicles and found out a man had fallen through the ice near this jetty. Yes, this one where people were walking to from the lighthouse.
The couple with the "falling in story" was blocked in by the emergency vehicles and not happy, and the stretcher was waiting for the hapless fellow.
Driving out of the park, the cops were blocking further entry and we think they had enough.
Party on Lake Michigan ~ over.
Trying to get out of Grand Haven we found one last unfortunate.
The snow quantity this year is unbelievable but the ice and snow
do deliver a unique beauty. Just don't fall in.