The lookout tower was a site that I could not wait to see our whole trip! The excitement kept building during our drive through Peninsula State Park… the higher we were getting the more breathtaking the views were. Finally we were there, found parking and looked up… it was then my fiancé asked if I would be ok (I am mildly afraid of heights). Up until then it had never even crossed my mind! As we approached and I read the sign that said rebuilt in 1930 and then looked at the very narrow, very steep (railing free) steps, with a large number of unmonitored people going up and down. I could not help but to wonder how safe is this very old structure…. ? We started our climb to the top having to pause at moments while small unattended children went running down the stairs. The stairways are not wide enough for two to pass so you do have to finagle your way through. As we started to make our way up 3 flights of stairs to the first platform you could feel the tower swaying. This was partially from the wind and from the number of children running around. As we reached the first of three platforms, the view was amazing. I happen to make the mistake and looked down the cliff, bad idea as realizing how high we were, the swaying of the tower combined with the not safe feeling of the stairs my fear of heights started to set in. a very nice man took our picture and could sense how unsure I was of this whole adventure. He tried to reassure me by saying that this was a very calm day there the tower movement was minimal compared to others. So we ventured on up another two flights to the second platform… I was so excited when I looked up, I thought that was it we were approaching the top! Nope there was still one more to go… We walked to the edge of the platform and it was beautiful you could see the shores of Michigan and the start of fall color across the tree tops. It was then that a gust of wind came in and shook the tower pretty good... that was all it took. My fear kicked in and the only thing I could think about was getting my feet on solid ground! My fiancé finished the climb himself and took some more pictures that are beautiful (honestly did not look any different than the ones from the previous level). On my quick descend down I passed the man from earlier who gave me the thumbs up and said I did better than most do lol. This is a must do beautiful scenery from every platform no matter how high you make it!
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