January, 2013

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December 29 – January 1:

“We arrived at the lighthouse after spending the night in Traverse City. The weather was dark and overcast, with snow on the ground. After unloading the car and getting our task list for the weekend, we shoveled and salted the sidewalks, and put food out for the birds. On Sunday we attended church and took down all the Christmas wreaths. Monday we started the day with breakfast at Barb’s Bakery in Northport, then stopped at the store to purchase more bird seed. It’s clear, cold and crisp outside and the birds are really starting to flock in. Through the day we were busy beavers and pulled up old carpet in the gift shop and house. Before dark we had time to do some cross country skiing, It was very windy and cold, and the waves were really picking up on the water. We prepared a delicious pork roast dinner and…Happy New Year!  New Year’s Day there were several visitors wandering the grounds. One family brought sleds and the kids took them down the slope out front. One group was a three-generation family from France. They spoke German and we were able to have a nice conversation with them in German. We watched a couple of squirrels feeding on the dropped bird seed. What a wonderful way to begin the new year…beautiful, quiet and peaceful.” (two couples from Grand Rapids, MI)

January 13:

“This weekend we were invited to join some “lighthouse keeper” friends for one of their adventures. We had tasks to complete, mainly cleaning in the museum and storing Christmas decorations for the next year. Each day we raised and lowered the flags, and fed the birds. We still had plenty of time to tour some wineries and take photos. We also visited the Grand Traverse Distillery and sampled their vodka and whiskey. On Saturday we had  unusual but wonderful weather–48 degrees and sunny!  Today as we are getting ready to leave, the weather is turning colder and snowy. What a great time with fun memories!” (couple from Byron Center, MI)

January 19:

“Rainy and snowy when we arrived today, with temps in mid-30’s. Today is our 10th wedding anniversary. We were married in St. Thomas overlooking the water, so in a way t his is a mirror opposite of that experience. Had a wonderful chat with Stef, who helped me with some research I’m doing for an article on lighthouse keeper programs. After lunch we worked taking inventory in the gift shop. After wrapping that up, we drove to Suttons Bay for dinner at Martha’s Leelanau Table. Lots of people out walking the grounds throughout the day.” (family from Mt. Pleasant, MI)