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Andrew W. Griffin / Red Dirt Report
My SS Badger stateroom was "20."
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OKLAHOMA CITY – “The lonesome foghorn blows.” That is the melancholy statement Pete Martell makes in the 1989 Twin Peaks pilot, just before Laura Palmer’s body is discovered on the shore of the lake, near a big log. The audience is drawn into David Lynch and Mark Frost’s occult mystery show and TV (and many people’s lives) are never the same. Mine included.

I thought of that statement and scene as I rode the SS Badger car ferry across Lake Michigan, from Manitowoc, Wisconsin to Ludington, Michigan, to visit family there. The weather started out as hazy as we departed Manitowoc. Eventually the skies cleared a bit halfway across the lake. Then, the fog descended, as if out of nowhere (as I type this, a lonesome train is blowing its horn off in the distance), and enveloped the passenger and car ferry that first went into service on Lake Michigan 66 years ago.

Looking at the lighthouse on Lake Michigan from the SS Badger, while leaving the Manitowoc, Wisconsin harbor. (Andrew W. Griffin / Red Dirt Report)

Just noth of Manitowoc is the Door Peninsula, which juts out into Lake Michigan, separated from the state mainland by Green Bay. The name of the peninsula may be due to the fact that there is a dangerous water passage between the Door Peninsula and Washington Island, which connects Green Bay to Lake Michigan. This small strait, it is noted, is "littered with shipwrecks" and was known by local Native American tribes as a "doorway" to the Great Lake. The French called it "Porte des Morts," which in English is translated as "Death's Door." 

With my Room 20 skeleton key and a feeling of excitement and adventure, I went inside and took in the historic interior of the ship. It felt like a floating time capsule, a physical memory of steel plying the cold waters of the great lake. This was a grand ship in its day, and remains so today.

Vehicles are loaded onto the SS Badger, a car ferry linking Manitowoc, WI and Ludington, MI. (Andrew W. Griffin / Red Dirt Report)

I sensed a lot of unusual things had happened aboard the Badger over the years. I had hoped to meditate, or at least nap, but circumstances did not allow for it.

Of course Lake Michigan has had its fair share of shipwrecks, hauntings and strange phenomena. I recall a friend on the Michigan side saying he saw a “mirage” of the Milwaukee, Wisconsin skyline reflected in the clouds over the lake (more than 100 miles away). Mothman is reportedly being seen in the Chicago area and along Lake Michigan. A portent of doom?

In March 1994, amidst an intense UFO flap in western Michigan, some friends and I saw a “pink egg”-shaped UFO darting in a northwest-to-southeast direction between the coastal town of Holland and Hudsonville, further inland. I passed by that very location just a few days ago on my way back to Oklahoma, in fact.

What caused the flurry of UFOs over Lake Michigan and Western Michigan at that time? While it may be a stretch, a few months earlier, in late 1993, the federally-funded, CERN-like project at Waxahachie, Texas - the Superconducting Super Collider - was defunded and the project ended due to a Congressional concern over budget overruns. While the Large Hadron Collider along the French/Swiss border is well-known and operational, this project, which concluded over a quarter-century ago, remains shrouded in secrecy. There are tunnels underground. Did a test take place? Do tests still take place (think Stranger Things, for instance) that are conducted in secrecy. Note all the strange "booms" around the US, even here in Oklahoma. Something is going on underground. Were the UFOs coming out of Lake Michigan, linked to tunnels tracing back to the middle of the US, and even Texas? There is growing interest in this line of thinking in recent years, I have noticed. And UFO disclosure of some sort seems to be inevitable. 

And what is very strange is that around the time I was making my car ferry trip across Lake Michigan, reports coming from the coastal city of South Haven, Michigan caught a strange-looking creature washing up on the pier of South Haven’s lighthouse. It made the news the day after my ferry ride. Sea monster remains were reportedly discovered in Antarctica, recently.

As reported by on July 4, 2019: “(I)t appears to poke its head out of the water before slinking its way toward the pier. After stopping underneath it for a few seconds, it jumps back into the water quickly. The object appears to have a large tail and Wenzel commented that it appears to have a dorsal fin and a forked tail.

It’s unknown where the object came from or if others have seen it near the pier recently. But as one commenter said “Either way I won’t be going in the lake anytime soon.”

This reminded me of a Dust Devil Dreams post I made a year ago, "This magical thinking," where I noted how the summer of 2001 - leading up to the 9/11 attacks - was highlighting stories involving shark attacks. It was really pushed and sensationalized. 

As I wrote on July 27, 2018: “I have been saying that 2019 will be a critical year, much more so than 2018. I've felt this way for a while now. Not sure what to make of it. Just my gut. Or maybe that was last night's chili dog?

I think it started with my realization that sharks were getting a real bump in the headlines. President Trump hates sharks. He hates nature in general, as we have learned. There is “Shark Week.” Shark thieves in San Antonio. Sharks lurking in the cold waters off of Cape Cod, just like in Jaws!

And did Stephen King's son, Joe Hill, figure out the "Lady of the Dunes," whose body was found near Provincetown, Mass. in the summer of '74 while Jaws was filming nearby? Was the victim possibly an extra in the film, as Hill suggests? And did that crime inspire the Rupert Holmes reference to the "dunes on the cape" in his 1980 hit "Escape (The  Piña Colada Song)"? Is it Cape Cod?”

Monsters of the deep? The sharks are real. Reports from Cape Cod, Massachusetts, where Jaws was filmed, noted just yesterday that sharks filmed by a drone showed "aggressive behavior." A young woman from Torrance, California (note the sync with The Shining and Jack Torrance), named Jordan Lindsey, died after being attacked by three sharks while snorkeling in the Bahamas late last month. She was 21. And the final scene in The Shining shows a smiling Jack Torrance at a July 4th party at the Overlook Hotel - in 1921!


Interestingly enough, three years earlier, West Michigan News Channel 3 WWMT made a series of “Michigan Monsters” reports, including one about enormous lake serpents living in Lake Michigan and the other Great Lakes.

I think it's definitely a possibility, the lake is so big and most of the bodies of water are unexplored still. So you never really know what's out there. You've seen things that are sea monsters, but they're just things we're not familiar with,” Anna Gibes told WWMT in 2016.

In some books I picked up in the Badger gift shop and a bookstore in Ludington, focusing on mysteries of the Great Lakes, a chapter on "sea serpents" is quite compelling, noting how these beasts have been witnessed by sailors and boat passengers alike over the past two centuries, and likely far longer by the Native population in the Great Lakes region. There are mysteries aplenty in this region, worth noting. 

While I was visiting family in Ludington, Michigan, on the last day there I swung by an art show being held in a park near downtown. It was crowded and hard to see a lot of the works of art. But I stopped and felt compelled to check out a striking artistic photograph titled Twin Peaks!!

It was taken by noted photographer Todd Reed, who is well-known for his photographs of natural scenes around western Michigan. This photo was of the Ludington Lighthouse (which I passed when coming in from Manitowoc on the SS Badger) during a winter storm on Lake Michigan. The waves were tremendous and violent. And as Reed notes in his description of the photo he wrote at having “rarely witnessed or photographed bigger or more frequent waves exploding agains the seemingly invincible structure,” with some waves rising up to 100 feet in the air.

The photo titled Twin Peaks is titled that because an enormous wave hits the lighthouse, splitting it in two and creating the effect of two peaks of water, or “twin peaks.” It was brilliant, and a sobering reminder of the power of the Great Lakes.

Anyway, what really caught my attention was the date of the photo: February 24, 2019!! It was exactly 30 years to the date of the day Special Agent Dale Cooper drives into Twin Peaks, Washington in the 1989 pilot of Twin Peaks, which would air the following April.

The photo Reed took was at 4:59 p.m. (EST) and Cooper tells Diana he arrived in Twin Peaks at 11:30 a.m. (PST). I have to admit that it was really weird, and that I feel I was meant to see this striking image, particularly when the same episode features Pete Martell hearing a foghorn in the fog of a lake that in all likelihood would not have a lighthouse and/or foghorn.

Where was the lighthouse? Was it the Ludington Lighthouse foghorn I have heard so many times over the years? Or is it that "purple sea" and "castle" in that other dimension in Twin Peaks: The Return, where Senorita Dido and The Fireman dwell. It is thought that both David Lynch and Mark Frost were inspired by the occultic writings of Kenneth Grant, regarding the "Mauve Zone" and that "Grant described the Mauve Zone (like the Tree of Life's Daath), as a self-contained world at the very edge of reality between what human beings can experience and "non-existence". Magical manipulations of human reality could be done there by alien beings that could be considered as monsters, it could be visited in a particular kind of sleep, it sent messages to human reality via phenomenon like UFOs and one of the main entities associated with it is called "the daughter."

Grant also emphasised on the role of the nuclear bomb in an "occult revival" or increase of magical phenomena after World War II."

As this writer notes, "The Mauve Zone is the source of meaningful coincidences, synchronicity, and 'happy accidents' in our world." I would agree. I associate that color with something otherworldly, something going back to my own childhood. 

The lighthouse foghorn. It is a lonesome sound, no doubt. And when the fog descended on the Badger while crossing the lake a few days earlier, I couldn’t help but feel a chill – and something else I couldn’t quite put my finger on. The key to Room 20 aboard the ship had a vibe. A feeling all its own. What was interesting was how difficult is was to enter the stateroom (which was quite small, with a bed, wash basin and small bathroom) with the "skeleton" key I was given at the beginning of the trip. It took some effort. That's how I feel in my sync explorations. But that's part of the excitement and adventure of synchromysticism. 

And Twin Peaks is all about keys and doors. We know a door was opened at White Sands, New Mexico (Jornado del Muerto syncing with the earlier "Porte des Morts" on Lake Michigan) on July 16, 1945 when humankind entered the Atomic Age. Did something fly in via that tear in time and space, created by the destruction of primordial matter?

For more thoughts on the Twin Peaks angle, I suggest you read "The Big Rip." 

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