The first set of photos was taken along the shoreline of Grand Traverse Bay just outside Traverse City. The bay is mostly frozen over but is thawing along the shoreline.
|The East Arm of Grand Traverse Bay - Old Mission Point on the horizon|
|Open water along the shoreline.|
|Cracks in the ice looking out toward Old Mission Point|
|I hadn't noticed when I took this photo, but my wife pointed out that this hole in the ice looks like a squirrel.|
|Ice pushed up on the shoreline|
The remaining photos were taken at Mission Point Lighthouse on the Old Mission Peninsula. We have visited this lighthouse in every season of the year with the exception of Winter. This was the first time I had been there when there was a significant amount of snow on the ground.
The snow is still several feet deep in the woods around the lighthouse. It looks solid on the surface, and mostly is, but there are spots where the crust is thin. It is always fun to be walking along the surface of the snow and suddenly have one foot break through - until you have one leg buried in the snow up to the crotch and the other foot is still on top of the snow. In the picture below you can see a sign barely sticking up out of the snow and a buried staircase.
|Looking out from Mission Point toward Lake Michigan|