Day 2 of our road trip was filled with quite a few firsts for me.
My mother and I are on our fourth annual road trip and this time we are exploring the upper midwest. You can read about day 1 here if you like.
Today, we woke up in beautiful Traverse City, with is located along the western side of Michigan. It is a very popular location for visitors and it was easy to see why.
Our first stop was to visit the local farmers market in the historic downtown areas.
It’s hard to believe that this barren vine will soon be covered with leaves and sweet grapes.
The Mission Point Lighthouse is located at the very tip of the Old Mission Peninsula.
This lighthouse guided ships from 1870 to 1933. We entered the lighthouse to see the exhibits and to embark on another ‘first’ for me.
There weren’t too many steps to the top, only 35 of them, but they were steep and the last part were ladder steps.
The 360 view was just beautiful!
Climbing back down, I decided to checkout the outside.
A cherry tree was in full bloom in the backyard with the lake in the background.
To be honest, there are a lot of lighthouses along the Michigan coast. We don’t have time to see all of those along our route, so we had to choose a few to see. It was the picture of the side of the Mission Point Lighthouse, which made me want to visit this one. I am so glad we did.
We headed back down the peninsula and on the way, drove by this small painted shack where Michigan maple syrup was for sale.
Don’t these tomato preserves look delicious?
I came away from the store with cherry preserves, which I will use on my daily English muffin. I also bought some tart dried cherries which I will sprinkle on my salads.
Did I mention that cherries are very popular here? They are growing everywhere you see.
In addition to cherries and asparagus, fudge is also offered everywhere.
I haven’t had any yet, because I am waiting until tomorrow when we travel to Mackinac Island.
I can’t wait!