This trip was about spending quality time and finding quality caches with my Sweetheart. As it's one of my favorite places - so beautiful - I wanted us to explore this area at our leisure. As this was TaGeez's first trip on the Peninsula, I wanted to share every view and every secret this Michigan gem held.
We started the day's explorations driving the Western coastal road. This would take us past Power Island, The Jolly Pumpkin (Bowers Harbor Inn), Bowers Harbor, and the Bohemian cemetery.
|Power Island viewed from Old Mission Peninsula|
5 hours until the main adventure
These were fabulous caches! Most of them were regulars, located within view of the barn, and some with creative containers. My favorite was the birdhouse near the Johnson 2 barn and the mailbox at the Feiger barn/antique shop. We grabbed all 10 of them!
To see all the barns, you can visit my blog post here: Big and Beautiful Traverse City (Barn) Quilts
|Chown Quilt Barn GC3MAB1|
|Scenic Overlook from Center Road|
|Feiger Quilt Barn GC3MA4N|
|Bowers Harbor GCT7Z9|
The cemetery sits opposite Bowers Harbor, just past the Bowers Harbor Inn. Many of the headstones in the cemetery are handmade or unique.
|Bohemian Cemetery on Bowers Harbor|
|Near Zombie Cache GC2DCG3|
I tripped over this listing recently. I was looking for older caches to fill my JASMER grid. I have no expectation of filling my grid - I'm too poor for all that traveling. But I'd like to get as many older caches as possible while they still exist. Jack's is from December 2001.
According to the cache description, you have to park in the lighthouse parking lot across the way and then bushwhack (there are some trails in these woods). That seemed like an awful lot of work, and we were running out of time. There was still a long drive to the Marina.
As we were heading to the lighthouse to park, TaGeez and I looked over and saw an opened gate on the wooded side of the road. It had a big, yellow sign that read "NOT A COUNTY ROAD". Just beyond it were a few parked cars. Was this a residence? ATV trails? With the prospect of a long walk with time running out, we turned in and crept along a tiny, dirt trail into the woods (Don't tell Jim, OK?)
Believe it or not, this trail took us within 100 feet of this oldie. With a climb up a mountainside, TaGeez made the find! Woot! Just at that moment, my fears were allayed that I was not parked on a hiking trail as a Jeep roared passed and continued down the road.
|Jack's Old Mission Fox Trot GC2E53|
|Old Mission Lighthouse on the 45th Parallel|
|Virtual - Old Mission Home GCBB86|
|Beach viewed from the Old Mission Lighthouse|
|Old Mission General Store|
|Well? Is it?|
|Old Mission Inn and Out GC14RW0|