After a long-weekend visit to Detroit and East Lansing, I headed north to Traverse City for 3 days. My Mother has a Summer home on a lake about 45 mins drive from Traverse City, so I have been coming to Northern Michigan since I was born, but usually only in the Summer months. I wanted to see Traverse City in the “off-season.” I was really surprised to see that the city was still busy and all businesses were open! If you don’t know Traverse City, it’s definitely worth a visit. The historic downtown area is just steps away from the Grand Traverse Bay, and Lake Michigan. Every Summer the City plays host to the Cherry Festival and an International Film Festival. The area is really a sportsman’s paradise. There’s great hunting, fishing, boating and skiing minutes from downtown! I took a morning drive out to the old lighthouse on the Old Mission Peninsula. The peninsula is famous for picturesque views of the Grand Traverse Bay and dozens of wineries, not to mention thousands of cherry trees! The lighthouse (pictured below) at the end of the peninsula is located on the 45th parallel, geographically halfway between the equator and the north pole! It amazes me that after spending a few years on the Equator in different countries, most recently Equatorial Guinea, that here in Northern Michigan I am only HALF-WAY to the North Pole? There is still a lot of real-estate to explore between me and Santa Clause’s hometown!
|The Lighthouse on the Old Mission Peninsula near Traverse City, Michigan.|
|A sign shows the Old Mission Peninsula located on the 45th Parallel.|