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We Found a Lighthouse on Belle Isle


On our Belle Isle Adventures, we passed by what appeared to be an old lighthouse, so we turned the car around to go check it out.

Only to find out the roads were one way around the whole island. 

 We tried driving the wrong way for a few minutes, but a few other random people who also came to explore this place on a cold Thanksgiving day freaked out honking at us.

So we took the long way around.



Finally we were parked and set off down the long muddy trail. 

Towards  the eerie lighthouse, sitting in the desolate field. 







But the lighthouse was was farther away than it looked, and the ground was getting muddier and mudder. Plus we didn’t want to be late for the Thanksgiving feast. So we ran all the way back to the car and raced to dinner.

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What We Discovered on Our Belle Isle Adventures


During the adventures on Belle Isle, we discovered a beautiful green house and conservatory.

Since it was the morning of Thanksgiving, there wasn’t anyone else in sight. 

The whole island appeared abandoned. Although I’m sure in the warmer months, it can be quite the popular place to visit. 









The green houses seemed so eerie on this bitter cold day.




We also discovered what is apparently the oldest aquarium in the country.  Now I really want to go back and visit when it’s open!


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Abandoned on Thanksgiving


It was Thanksgiving morning.
 On our own in our Detroit Hotel room, we didn’t have anywhere to be until early afternoon. 

It felt a bit odd, not rushing off to a family members house, to begin the day of eating. I felt a bit lost. What was there to do?

Explore Belle Isle of Course!


Down the interstate, we made our way through downtown, navigating around the parade,  then across the bridge to a small Island in the Detroit river between Michigan and Canada by the name of Belle Isle.

Belle Isle was originally referred to as “Hog Island”  due to the wild livestock that ran free on the island. However in 1845 the island was turned into an elegant and sprawling park. Many people worked on designing the park, including  Frederick Law Olmsted, who designed Central Park in NYC. Some of my distant ancestors, the Campaus, also helped to design and build the park!

The little island holds walking trails, a greenhouse, an aquarium, an old lighthouse, and a lot of seemingly abandoned buildings. 


But on this frigid Thanksgiving morning, the entire island seemed abandoned.

 Forgotten by time.





These old run down buildings were part of a zoo that closed down many years ago,

















Belle Isle held so many interesting places to explore. We ended up spending a few hours there wandering around, when I only expected to drive in a short loop and then leave. 

I think Belle Isle is not actually as desolate as it appeared on this day.  I hope to go back and visit in the summertime to see how it comes to life.