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Old Mission Lighthouse

contemplating Lake Michigan

Bob waiting at ground level

Phyl's reflection

another winery under our belt

What a view!

Bob patiently waiting

School House wine tasting room

more color

sunset pontoon ride

Today was our last day in the northern part of Michigan, but before we departed that colorful area we took in one more lighthouse and a few more wineries. The Old Mission Lighthouse is at the northern most tip of the Old Mission Peninsula. Traverse City sits at the bottom of the “U” with the two peninsulas making up the arms. Yesterday we visited Leelanau Peninsula so today it was only fair we visit Old Mission. This lighthouse is smaller than Grand Traverse, but a little larger than Big Red Lighthouse in Holland. This lighthouse also sits on the 45th parallel; in fact there was a plaque there which addressed that very fact. This is also the latitude which runs through Salem, OR, Yellowstone National Park, Bordaux, France, the mouth of the Danube and across to the northern tip of Japan. The Old Mission Lighthouse was a working lighthouse from 1870-1933. During its long history, it even had one woman keeper. She was the wife of the keeper and had been appointed assistant keeper, so when her husband died, she became keeper. After visiting the lighthouse it was time to head back to Colon, but along the way was several more winery stops. On this peninsula most of the wineries are larger than the ones we stopped at yesterday and one is in an old schoolhouse. This was the most interesting. It actually is just the tasting room, but since it is an old schoolhouse, their wines have names like “School House”, “Detention”, and “Homework”. Their wines are very tasty also. Once Phyl decided she had had enough tasting, we were on our way. Made it back to Colon about 5 pm and after dinner, went for a sunset “wine cruise” on the pontoon. Tomorrow is another day of relative rest for the weekend will be busy starting to prepare for the wedding.

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