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Day 225 – Lake Michigan Tour, Friday, July 29, 2011

Before leaving Traverse City, we took a short driving tour
around the historic district, but unfortunately missed the seven wineries!  I didn’t time that very well.  Too bad I didn’t arrive earlier
yesterday!  That’s ok, we spent a lovely
morning on Old Mission Peninsula.

We poked along the 18 mile drive past harbors, countless
orchards, wineries, farmland, and roadside cherry stands on the way to Old
Mission Lighthouse.  The beach here was
so interesting.  Beachgoers had set up
cairns on the boulders that poked up in the shallow water offshore.  It was very serene looking.

Mission Point is a few hundred feet south of 45th
Parallel of Latitude which marks half way between the Equator and the North
Pole.  Also located at the point is the
historic Hesler Log House, home to a virtual cache.  It is a rare
surviving house from the early settlement on the peninsula and dates back to the
1850’s.  The cabin is built of hand hewn
pine and hemlock. Dovetailed joints kept the corners together without nails or
fasteners.

While exploring on the peninsula, I found an awesome street
name too.  I wonder if the residents like
happy hour.

In the late afternoon, I strolled the streets of Charlevoix,
flanked by two lake shores; Lake Michigan and Lake Charlevoix.  I ducked in an oyster bar and tried a few
fried oysters…delicious!

We ended the day at Wilderness State Park.  I snagged one of the last eight
campsites.  I camped by Joe, his family,
and lots of dogs.  Joe worked in the
defense industry and was up from the southern part of Michigan.  He planned on retiring soon and taking some
road trips as well.  They might take a
tour of all the HGTV dream homes.

The campgrounds were on the lake whose beach didn’t allow
dogs, thus I was very shocked to see so many.
It seemed like every camper had a dog.
Then I noticed a flyer posted by the bathroom…Dog Show, 2 p.m.
Saturday.  I wonder if there is a
category for ugly, needy mutt?  Petey
could win!  ETB

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