I do believe in ferries! #011

Spartan in the morning.

In 2010, we took a Fall trip to Wisconsin. Instead of driving through Chicago and its suburbs, we decided to travel across lake Michigan on the historic ferry  S.S. Badger.  It’s the only coal-fired steamship in the Great Lakes. They used to transport railroad cars in the hold, and load a few autos on top. The spindly ramp to the right is the former car ramp. Now automobiles and semi trucks use the hold.

It takes about 4 hours to make the 60-mile trip across the lake. Considering you’re not slogging through Chicago traffic, it works out pretty well.

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Urshel Obelisk at Woodlawn #002

Obelisk detail

Obelisks are popular monuments in this area. The ancient Egyptian obelisks are thought to have been symbolic of a ray of the sun. This one features Egyptian water lily carvings.

The  water lily also symbolized the sun and resurrection. At night, the bud sank beneath the surface of the water, but it rises and opens in the morning.

A full view of the obelisk is here.

I do believe in ferries! #010

S.S. Spartan and tugboat.

In 2010, we took a Fall trip to Wisconsin. Instead of driving through Chicago and its suburbs, we decided to travel across lake Michigan on the historic ferry  S.S. Badger.  It’s the only coal-fired steamship in the Great Lakes. They used to transport railroad cars in the hold, and load a few autos on top. The spindly ramp to the right is the former car ramp. Now automobiles and semi trucks use the hold.

It takes about 4 hours to make the 60-mile trip across the lake. Considering you’re not slogging through Chicago traffic, it works out pretty well.

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Urshel Obelisk at Woodlawn #001

Obelisk

Obelisks are popular monuments in this area. The ancient Egyptian obelisks are thought to have been symbolic of a ray of the sun. This one features Egyptian water lily carvings.

The  water lily also symbolized the sun and resurrection. At night, the bud sank beneath the surface of the water, but it rises and opens in the morning.

A detail of the carving is here.

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I do believe in ferries! #009

S.S. Badger

In 2010, we took a Fall trip to Wisconsin. Instead of driving through Chicago and its suburbs, we decided to travel across lake Michigan on the historic ferry  S.S. Badger.  It’s the only coal-fired steamship in the Great Lakes. They used to transport railroad cars in the hold, and load a few autos on top. The spindly ramp to the right is the former car ramp. Now automobiles and semi trucks use the hold.

It takes about 4 hours to make the 60-mile trip across the lake. Considering you’re not slogging through Chicago traffic, it works out pretty well.

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