Man Spends A Week Alone In Michael Jordan of Michigan Lighthouses
Joe Krumske is a "lifelong lighthouse nut" according to MLive.com. In September he won a chance to spend a week by himself in the White Shoals Light, the most remote lighthouse in all of Michigan. It's in the middle of Lake Michigan, west of the Mackinac Straights. Joe's stay was part of the White Shoal Light Historical Preservation Society’s first "Isolation Challenge."
The lighthouse sat abandoned for 40 years until Brent Tompkins bought the lighthouse at auction with a friend in 2016. They have big plans for the light, including turning it into a mini hotel,. According to their website, "White Shoal Light will host up to 12 guests in 6 private rooms and include a staff of 3." Sign me up - sounds cool. The Preservation Society plans on doing three of these "Isolation Challenges" next year, opening it up to couples and friends.
And what did Joe think about the time he spent there? He loved it. “It’s the tallest, it’s the farthest offshore, it’s the most spectacular. It’s an icon. It’s the Michael Jordan of lighthouses,” he said. “For me, it was the trip of a lifetime.” He heard a lot of weird noises. Most of them he figured out, except for the sound of static. People say it's haunted and Brent says he's heard the static there before, which he says comes from the former radio room. Ooooh.