|The dock at Fayette Historical State Park...after all the boats left|
Snail Shell Harbor in Fayette is supposed to be one of the best natural harbors on Lake Michigan but we began to get a little nervous when we got close and only saw big, open bays facing the weather. Then we saw the marker for the entrance into Snail Shell Harbor. We came into the harbor only to find that the dock was pretty much packed. A big yacht that came in before us had to turn around and leave because they wouldn't fit and if we had to do the same I may have cried. People at the dock saw us trying to decide what to do and asked how big our boat was. When I shouted back that we were 36 feet, one of them paced off the only open area and said we'd fit...phew!!! There were multiple people waiting to take our lines and help us squeeze into our spot. All the other boats were end to end and we barely managed to get into a 38 foot opening. We even had to take our anchor off the front of the boat so it wouldn't hit the front of another sail boat. Pretty close. And I was so relieved we didn't have to motor for another hour in the rough waters.
|Snail Shell Harbor looking out at Big Bay de Noc. Hullabaloo is the 2nd boat down the dock.|
|Building on the left: Where the iron was melted into bars. Building on the right: The General Store|
|Town Hotel-closed to the public due to a faulty roof. To be remodeled this fall.|
|What's left of the old docks|
|Slag Beach-where the impurities from the melted iron were dumped. It also served as the town dump, the remains of which can be seen in the water when snorkeling.|
We decided to catch our last sunset in Fayette from the trail up on the cliffs. We walked out to the point, stopping at various stop-offs to take in the views and were treated to great views of both the town and the sunset over the water.
|Looking back at Snail Shell Harbor|
|Out on the edge of the cliff|
|Looking over the cliff|