August 18, 2014 – Petoskey to Traverse City – Old Mission Peninsula and Lighthouse

We had a relatively short drive from Petoskey and took us past

Petoskey Pierhead Lighthouse

Petoskey Pierhead Lighthouse

Atwood’s Wayside Chapel (12’x6’) - constructed in 1968, it is often referred to as the “wee house of worship”

Atwood’s Wayside Chapel (12’x6’) – constructed in 1968, it is often referred to as the “wee house of worship”

A patriotic mannequin

A patriotic mannequin

A bear on a barn

A bear on a barn

Views of Lake Michigan

Views of Lake Michigan

Horse farms

Horse farms

Rolling hills

Gently rolling hills

An ivy-covered silo

An ivy-covered silo

Fields of "dwarf" sunflowers

Fields of “dwarf” sunflowers

and through the quaint and manicured town of
Water Tower, Charlevoix, MI - 2014-08-18a charming community primarily catering to tourists and whose main streets’ curbs were lined with petunias

Charlesvoix Roadside Flowers a Charlesvoix Roadside Flowers b Charlesvoix Roadside Flowers cas well as gorgeous hanging flower baskets along the main street.
Charlesvoix - Hanging Flower Basket
It is also home to a
Rexall Drug Store, Charlevoix, MI - 2104-08-18a once “brand name” which has almost disappeared from the American landscape and several building wall murals.
Wall Mural, Charlevoix, MI - 2104-08-18and the World’s Largest Cherry Pie!
World's Largest Cherry Pie, Charlevoix, MI - 2104-08-18
As with Petoskey, Charlevoix also sported a lighthouse standing sentinel at the end of its channel leading to Lake Michigan.

Charlevoix South Pier Light Station

Charlevoix South Pier Light Station

After getting settled at our Traverse City campground, we drove up the Old Mission Peninsula which extends northward from Traverse City into Lake Michigan’s Grand Traverse Bay … past eight wineries …
Winery (h), Old Mission Peninsula, MI - 2014-08-18to the Mission Point Lighthouse at the end of the 19 mile long by 3 mile wide peninsula.

Old Mission Lighthouse (b), Old Mission Peninsula, MI - 2014-08-18Old Mission Lighthouse (a), Old Mission Peninsula, MI - 2014-08-18When it was built in 1870, it was an exact copy of the (now destroyed) Mama Juda Lighthouse which was built on the Detroit River in 1866. The foundation is natural and emplaced. The wooden structure is painted white with black trim. The square tower is attached to a dwelling.

A fixed white Fifth Order Fresnel lens was installed. The building was only one and one half stories tall. However, its placement on a sand bank fourteen feet above the lake’s surface created a lens focal plane of 47 feet. It was visible from 13 miles at sea. Maintaining the dune and protecting it and the lighthouse from the deleterious effects of wave action has been a constant struggle. The lighthouse was deactivated in 1933 and purchased by the State of Michigan.

Captain John Lane (1827-1906) served at the Keeper of the lighthouse from 1883 to 1906

Captain John Lane (1827-1906) served at the Keeper of the lighthouse from 1883 to 1906

Lighthouse keeper’s office

Lighthouse keeper’s office

Famously, the lighthouse stands a few hundred yards south of the 45th parallel north, halfway between the North Pole and the Equator.
2014-08-18 - Debbie at the 45th Parallel, Old Mission Lighthouse, Old Mission Peninsula, MIAnother nearby sign is extremely telling and explains why the Old Mission and parallel Leelanau peninsulas are such excellent wine regions.

Notice such places as Bordeaux, France and northern Italy also lie along the 45th parallel

Notice such places as Bordeaux, France and northern Italy also lie along the 45th parallel

Also located on the Mission Point Lighthouse property is the Hesler Log Home.

Hessler Cottage, Old Mission Lighthouse, Old Mission Peninsula, MI - 2014-08-18Joseph and Mary Hesler built this log home on the peninsula between 1854-1856; from hand hewn pine logs which were stacked on top of each other to form the walls while modified dove-tailed joints held the corners snugly together without nails or fasteners. It is typical of the first shelters built by early pioneers. Faced with acres of forest, they cleared their land, built a home with the timber and planted crops. The Heslers sold their home in 1866. Over the ensuing 125 years it served as a private residence, housing for migrant workers, a school and quarters for a bull. In 1992, it was restored any moved to its present site
Hessler Cottage (Interior a), Old Mission Lighthouse, Old Mission Peninsula, MI - 2014-08-18 Hessler Cottage (Interior b), Old Mission Lighthouse, Old Mission Peninsula, MI - 2014-08-18 Hessler Cottage (Interior c), Old Mission Lighthouse, Old Mission Peninsula, MI - 2014-08-18We also saw a number of black fox squirrels scurrying about the lighthouse’s property.
Fox Squirrel, Old Mission Peninsula, MI - 2014-08-18

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