Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Lighthouses - Old Mission Point Lighthouse

Traditions and adventures are very important for our family.  In the spirit of this, we kicked off a new challenge this summer.  Our goal is to eventually visit every lighthouse in our state as a family.  We squeezed in a couple this year and have started a scrapbook to remember our adventures. 

The first one we hit was Old Mission Point Lighthouse located at the tip of Old Mission Peninsula near Traverse City, MI. 

It is a beautiful clapboard light that was built in 1870 and was decommissioned in 1933. 


The lighthouse is located almost exactly on the 45th parallel.  When the water's of the Grand Traverse Bay recede below normal level, it is possible to walk out to the exact line. 

The beach consists of miles upon miles of beautiful rocky shoals and if you are really taken with the light you can apply to be a guest keeper for a month.  

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