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Dayton: Running Into a Skyline Shot.

Recently I was heading south down I-75 through Ohio and decided to stop off in Dayton for a coffee. Getting off the interstate and heading towards downtown I ran into Deeds Point MetroPark. I saw opportunity. Getting out of the car and walking onto the bike path, the opportunity was right in front of me. Dayton’s skyline straight ahead opposite the Great Miami River.

Daytona, Ohio, skyline, Deeds Park

I grabbed some more skyline shots as I was walked towards the tall buildings.

Daytona, Ohio, skyline, Deeds Park

Daytona, Ohio, skyline, Deeds Park

The walking continued until I reached the end point of the park which is where the Mad River flows into the Great Miami from the left.

Daytona, Ohio, skyline, Deeds Park

You can walk over the Mad River to the downtown side on a pedestrian bridge which is part of the Mad River Recreation Trail.

Daytona, Ohio, skyline, Deeds Park

I walked to the center of the bridge to capture some more photos.

Daytona, Ohio, skyline, Deeds Park

Daytona, Ohio, skyline, Deeds Park

Of course I’m going to stop at park benches and soak in the romantic and scenic setting.

Daytona, Ohio, skyline, Deeds Park

Daytona, Ohio, skyline, Deeds Park

Looking the other way you’ll see the Great Miami River Recreational Trail which runs alongside the Great Miami River for most part, covering 75 miles and passes by many scenic and historic spots. You can see I-75 and all the traffic crossing over the river off in the distance.

Daytona, Ohio, skyline, Deeds Park, Great Miami River Trail

Daytona, Ohio, skyline, Deeds Park, Great Miami River Trail

Within the park you’ll see a bronze statue of the Wright Brothers, Wilbur and Orville, as the Wright family is from Dayton. As you probably know they are aviation pioneers, inventing and building the first successful airplane.

Daytona, Ohio, skyline, Deeds Park, Wright Brothers statue

What a wonderful and unexpected stop. You never know when that next travel opportunity will strike. 🙂 If your ever driving along I-75 through Dayton make sure to stop here to stretch on the trails and capture the scenic views of the rivers and Dayton skyline.

Daytona, Ohio, skyline, Deeds Park

Where have you unexpectedly run into a skyline shot?

Photo of the Week: The Cincinnati Skyline from Kentucky.

The Cincinnati, Ohio skyline and blue skies from across the Ohio River and up in the hills in Devou Park in Covington, Kentucky. What is with seeing skylines from vantage points up in the hills?! 🙂

Capitola Beach, California, PCH

Michigan: Coastal Muskegon on a Winter Day.

The town of Muskegon in The Mitten sits along Lake Michigan. I’ve spent time there before, but never right along the coast. On a recent Saturday morning I decided to change that. The day turned out to be one of lighthouse, beach and park hopping along the lake. The early morning first brought me to Muskegon and Beachwood Park.

I stopped at the park because the road wouldn’t allow me to get any closer to the coast due to wind-blown sand over the road.

Muskegon, Michigan, Lake Michgan, Beachwood Park trail

That certainly wasn’t going to stop me. It was time to get out on the open trail, the Beachwood Park trail. I had sand, brush, the beach and Lake Michigan to my left…

Muskegon, Michigan, Lake Michgan, Beachwood Park trail

… and sand dunes to my right, with the trail turning into more of a boardwalk.

Muskegon, Michigan, Lake Michgan, Beachwood Park trail

Muskegon, Michigan, Lake Michgan, Beachwood Park trail

It was a good fifteen minute walk to the end of the boardwalk and on to the beach.

Muskegon, Michigan, Lake Michgan, Beachwood Park trail

I reached the opposite end of where the road was closed. No thru traffic? Does that include foot traffic? Haha.

Muskegon, Michigan, Lake Michgan

Checkout that sand!

Muskegon, Michigan, Lake Michgan

I could now see my end destination, the piers and lighthouses way off in the distance. It was an unusually warm January day in Michigan, but not along the coast. It was cold and the wind was really whipping up. There were only a few other people around.

Muskegon, Michigan, Lake Michgan, beach

I walked the beach, turning around from time-to-time to capture the scene behind. The early morning sun was rising and trying to peek through the clouds.

Muskegon, Michigan, Lake Michgan, beach

It was thirty minutes in and the hot coffee I had on-hand was consumed. 😦 The good news though was that the piers and lighthouses were getting bigger and bigger in front of me. A few fishermen were out.

Muskegon, Michigan, Lake Michgan, beach

I was within Pere Marquette park now…

Muskegon, Michigan, Lake Michgan, Pere Marquette Park

… and heading onto the narrower of the two piers.

Muskegon, Michigan, Lake Michgan, Pere Marquette Park

Muskegon, Michigan, Lake Michgan, Pere Marquette Park

The whole experience here felt unusual because the area is usually buried in snow this time of year due to the Lake Michigan lake effect snow machine. Darn global warming! 🙂

Muskegon, Michigan, Lake Michgan, pier, lighthouse

Just me and the open pier straight ahead.

Muskegon, Michigan, Lake Michgan, pier, lighthouse

Starting to walk on the pier, looking to the right you can see the South Pierhead Lighthouse and the wider and more popular pier for tourists.

Muskegon, Michigan, Lake Michgan, pier, lighthouse

I was on the pier to the South Breakwater Light.

Muskegon, Michigan, Lake Michgan, pier, lighthouse

There it is off in the distance. It’s the tallest of three at 70-feet and they all mark the channel connecting Lake Michigan to Lake Muskegon.

Muskegon, Michigan, Lake Michgan, pier, lighthouse

The waves were blowing up onto the pier and the cold wind continued to blow hard.

Muskegon, Michigan, Lake Michgan, pier, lighthouse

Both the South Pierhead and Breakwater lighthouses were completed in 1903.

Muskegon, Michigan, Lake Michgan, pier, lighthouse

There is the Pierhead light again.

Muskegon, Michigan, Lake Michgan, pier, lighthouse

With the wet narrow walkway, big rocks on both sides, the lack of people around…

Muskegon, Michigan, Lake Michgan, pier, lighthouse

…and the wind, it was best not to get any closer to the lighthouse or to walk onto the other pier.

Muskegon, Michigan, Lake Michgan, pier, lighthouse

I did see the third light, the North Breakwater light, which was green and white and kinda looking like a cigarette.

Muskegon, Michigan, Lake Michgan, pier, lighthouse

A zoomed in shot of the South Breakwater Lighthouse.

Muskegon, Michigan, Lake Michgan, pier, lighthouse

I turned back and started the long cold trek back to the car. The sun was still trying to peak out.

Muskegon, Michigan, Lake Michgan, pier, lighthouse

The walk took me on the other half of the Beachwood Boardwalk Loop back to Beachwood Park. It was inland so there was less wind and it had the Autumn and woods look going. When there is snow on the ground make sure to hit up the sledding hills within the park. 🙂

Muskegon, Michigan, Lake Michgan, Beachwood Boardwalk Loop

It was a great first time here along coastal Muskegon. A warmer day will bring more pier, lighthouse and beach exploration. 🙂 It was now on to two of my favorite spots along the coast, Grand Haven and Holland, on which I’ll write about soon.

What lighthouses have you come across in your travels that you would recommend visiting? Any along the Great Lakes?

Atlanta: A Quick Holiday Stroll.

Around Thanksgiving in the United States is when you’ll start to hear holiday music and see holiday lights and trees go up in earnest. During the holiday weekend just before dark I decided to checkout the scene at one of my favorite areas in Atlanta, Pemberton Place and Centennial Olympic Park.

Walking onto the heart of Pemberton Place I immediately saw all the enlarged ornaments around the World of Coca-Cola. Midtown straight ahead. In how many languages can you say Merry Christmas?!

Pemberton Place during the holidays in Atlanta

The World of Coca-Cola front and center, with the Downtown skyline behind. I’m surprised I didn’t see little kids trying to climb the ornaments. 🙂

Pemberton Place during the holidays in Atlanta

A broader view of Pemberton Place. Lot’s of people were sitting and posing for pictures in the red-and-white striped ornament. Others just hanging out, having fun on the grass.

Pemberton Place during the holidays in Atlanta

The holiday lights and ornaments provided one scenic shot after another.

Pemberton Place during the holidays in Atlanta

Lights dotted the landscape in front of the Georgia Aquarium.

Pemberton Place during the holidays in Atlanta

I walked across Baker St. to the south into Centennial Park and immediately saw the huge holiday tree…

Pemberton Place during the holidays in Atlanta

Centennial Park in Atlanta during the holidays

…and the outdoor ice skating opportunities. Lot’s of people, families and out-of-towners having fun.

Centennial Park in Atlanta during the holidays

I made sure to hang around until dark to see the tree and 20-miles of lights within the park lit up against the sky.

Centennial Park in Atlanta during the holidays

What about checking out the tree from way up in that dark sky? You bet. Seventy-three stories up I went to be exact. View from The Sun Dial Restaurant Bar & View up-top the Westin Peachtree Plaza Hotel.

Atlanta from up-top The Sun Dial restaurant

I’m not going to let night skyline shot opportunities pass me by.

Centennial Park in Atlanta during the holidays

It was a quick, fun holiday stroll in the ATL. If your ever in Atlanta this time of year, make sure to checkout the lights and fun in this neck of the woods as well as the Georgia Aquarium and the World of Coca-Cola.

Where’s a good spot to checkout the holiday scene in your hometown? That you have come across in your travels?

Photo of the Week: A Storm is Coming at Ontario’s Rondeau.

During some Canada travels in Ontario, I landed on a beach at Rondeau Provincial Park right before a storm. You can see the ominous clouds and rain coming down over Lake Erie. A few minutes later I got back into my vehicle and it started raining cats and dogs as soon as I took off.

Rondeau Provincial Park - Ontario, Canada - Lake Erie