Thursday, October 3, 2013

"Day 2 of Elspeth and Bruce's Visit......"

We started off our day once again having coffee and conversation out on the deck in the screen room.  "However", we had to get going a bit sooner than on Saturday because we were going to Hofbrau's, here in Interlochen, for brunch.

After brunch, we headed up Old Mission Peninsula, stopping at a scenic turnout where both East and West Bay's could be seen.

I should have walked across the road to get the photo of East bay, but slacker that I am, I didn't.

Bruce, Don, and Elspeth with West bay in the background.

Here is a close up of the "netted" grape vines.  The vines are netted to keep birds from the ripening grapes.

We stopped at The General Store, a must see, in our opinion.

After driving up to The Old Mission Peninsula Lighthouse (sorry, no good photos from that stop), we headed back into Traverse City to visit another micro brewery, The Filling Station.  Unfortunately, their website is being redone, so I don't have a link to add so you can read more about it.  It is located in Traverse City's old train depot, and another of our favorite places to visit.  Don really likes their beers and I find their flatbread pizzas delicious!  Again, no photos to post.

Across the railroad tracks is Traverse City's Children's Garden.  Elspeth is an avid gardener and was drawn to see it.  We are so glad she was for as many times as we've seen it from the Filling Station, we'd yet to walk over and take a look around.

There is a large multi-use building connected to a nice sized greenhouse where classes and other garden events are held.

You can see the full building in this photo from the opposite end of the garden space.  Each raised bed is cared for by a different community group.

It even has its own wood fired oven!  Notice the overhead protection for the oven is an old Oldsmobile car hood.  It is connected at its sides as it would be on a car and can be raised and lowered, as needed, to allow the smoke, etc. to escape.

Behind Elspeth and me is the attached greenhouse connected to the Community Learning Center.

A view of the garden from the Learning Center.....

It is quite evident that "sustainability" is one of the teaching goals, too.

They even have their very own "Tin Man with a Heart".   ;)

The Traverse City Library with its plantings and attractions border the Community's Children's Garden property and it was a natural transition to walk over there for a "look see", too.  More on that tomorrow......

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