Monday, August 13, 2018

Michigan Exposures Hits the Road - Partes Tres

So I returned home from my Chicago trip today.  We ended up staying in New Buffalo last night.  Chicago traffic is more manageable at 9PM instead of 9AM.  It was a pretty fun little jaunt.
So this morning we headed to the St. Joseph Lighthouse before heading home.  My dad never saw it in person before, so I had to take him.  We also ended up taking US-12 most of the way back.  I don't have too many pictures from that though.  Anyway, I do have a ton of pictures to sort through.  It might take me a couple days to go through all of them.

Sunday, August 12, 2018

Michigan Exposures Hits the Road - Day 2

So I am on day 2 of my road trip.  I spent the whole day planespotting.  I saw a ton of cool planes.
One of the planes I wanted to catch was one of the Icelandair 757s.  I just wish it were one of the special ones.  Since I rarely see this livery, it was special to me.

Also, I was able to meet a few people from the O'Hare Spotting groups.  That was pretty cool.  They took me to a spot where you could get access if you were one of their Airport Watch people or you knew one.  So that was pretty cool.  They also showed me some other spots on the western side of the airport.  I still think the Metra station I went to last time was cooler, but these weren't bad.

Saturday, August 11, 2018

Michigan Exposures Hits the Road - Part 1

Tomorrow is my birthday, so I decided to head to O'Hare to do some spotting.
The place I found wasn't too bad, but sadly  I was shooting almost into the sun.  I managed to catch the A380 but the Queen is still the Queen.

Friday, August 10, 2018

Escanaba Under the Sunlight

It wasn't too much longer before the ship I wanted to see appeared.  Rather the cutter I wanted to see appeared.  The Coast Guard calls their ships cutters.
 The USCGC Escanaba (WMEC-907) which is a medium endurance cutter is based in Boston, Massachusetts.  She was built by Robert Derecktor Shipyards in Middletown, Rhode Island in 1987.  She is one of the Famous Class Cutters that have been in service since 1979.
 She was returning from her visit to the Grand Haven Coast Guard festival is sort of named after a previous Escanaba.  She is equipped with two Alco V-18 Diesel engines for propulsion and two V-12 Diesel engines for power.  She has a top speed of 19.5 knots and has a crew of 14 officers and 86 enlisted personnel.  She is equipped with the same 76 mm cannon that the Oliver Hazard Perry ships used to use.  Her range is almost 10,000 nautical miles.  They are mostly used for drug enforcement but I think they can fulfill other Coast Guard missions.
 The previous Escanaba was also a Coast Guard cutter that was built at the Defoe Shipyards in Bay City, Michigan in 1932.  She was stationed in Grand Haven and they considered her their cutter.
 In the time while she was stationed on the Great Lakes, she was an ice breaker and search and rescue ship.  In the winter of 1934, she helped rescue the crew of the Henry Cort.
 In 1941, she was transferred to Boston, where she participated in the anti-submarine work of the convoy escorts.
 In 1943, she was sunk by either a mine or torpedo.  They are not sure of her circumstances.  Later, her mast was recovered and is now in Grand Haven.
 The people of Grand Haven helped raise some of the money to built the replacement to their cutter.  That particular Escanaba served from 1945 to 1974.
And this particular Escaba is the third one.  I hope the name Escanaba lives on like the name Enterprise.

A Dolphin Flies By

I assume that this helicopter was following the ship I was chasing.
 It was a US Coast Guard Dolphin helicopter.  It flew by Belle Isle and took a couple circles in front of Milliken State Park and then disappeared behind Belle Isle.
 It was pretty cool to see though.
And it continues on its way.

Catching the John D. Leitch

I was happy to see that I had a chance to catch this ship.
 This ship is of course the John D. Leitch.    I think she is one of the more unique looking ships on the Lakes.
 Apparently the reason for her unusual pilothouse is that she can carry more cargo in her holds.
 She was on her way to Quebec City.
 I am not sure what she was carrying though.
 But she is one of my favorites.
And I hope to see her for a few more years anyway.

A Canadian Cessna

One of the things about boatwatching is that there is lots of downtime sometimes.  Today was no exception.
 While I was waiting, this plane flew by.
It is a Cessna 172 owned by the Windsor Flying Club.