Sunday, January 6, 2008

Be the keeper

The January 4 Flint Journal brings word that the folks who run the Grand Traverse lighthouse in Northport, Michigan, are looking for a few stouthearted souls to tend the light for a number of one to two-week stints this summer.

If you're a member of the Grand Traverse Lighthouse Museum, the privilege of keeping the 150-plus year-old lightstation for a week will only set you back US$190 ($220 for non-members). For that, you get to stay in the former assistant keeper's quarters, which appear to have been renovated into a very cozy little space. But this is far from a lazy holiday: keepers are expected to work between eight and ten hours a day when the museum is open and have a wide range of duties, from painting and maintaining the light to regaling tourists with stories from the area's colourful past (those not in the know will will get a full history lesson when they're hired).

So you certainly won't be as lonely as the lightkeepers of old. And you won't get to sit up until the wee hours guiding the big lakers into port, either (modern technology now handles that). But if you've got the time, it sounds like an unforgettable way to immerse yourself in some Great Lakes maritime history.

And I bet the view's not too bad, either.

For the full Flint Journal story, click here.

For the Grand Traverse lighthouse home page, click here.

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