From Keepers Daily Records
The following are chosen excerpts from the Keepers’ Daily Log. Read these to get an idea of
what the keepers experience when giving their time during their stay at
the Mission Point Lighthouse. If you find this enlightening
and charming, you may be a perfect keeper for us too!
Great weather, lots of visitors, beautiful scenery. Had a great time! Sept. 2017
As soon as we arrived, we were immediately immersed into the goings on of so many wonderful tourists
from all over the world . . . if we lived closer, we would come more often and be regular volunteers. Beautiful
area with wineries, homes and cottages, but the lighthouse at the lake is the best! July 2017
Today was clear and a rare event on the horizon; Fata Morgana Mirage! It looks like Arizona
with the high mesas. At times it changes and look like a bridge. This phenomenon used to drive
sailors crazy! June 13, 2017
Today the weather was warmer than the forecast. Had visitors from Switzerland, France, UK,
Columbia, Mexico and for the first time, CUBA! June 2017
We had a great weekend, enjoyed locally made ice cream. We had friends over for a cookout
and watched fireworks from across the water. July 4th 2016
The day got hotter and fairly busy in the gift shop – had dinner at Mission Table, fabulous! July 2016
Summing up the week: had 2381 lighthouse visitors, we visited 7 wineries, 3 breweries and 4 restaurants.
Watched the sunset each evening (beautiful!) and saw the space station fly by 2 evenings! Got on the water
with kayak and paddle board, saw a wedding and many celebrating anniversaries.
Mother/daughter team and we still like each other! This area of the country is beautiful! July 2016
On our day off, we visited Leelanau Peninsula. We agreed Old Mission Peninsula is our favorite.
Better wine, more class, love the views . . . love this place. May 2016
Our stay has been a restful and energizing experience - we hope to return next year! May 2016
Today 186 visitors and we enjoyed lively conversations with people from Australia,
California, Ohio and more . . . such laughter sharing stories! May 2016
End of day, we visited Hawthorne Vineyards for our complimentary wine tasting. Beautiful building
with spectacular views of both bays! May 2016
This is our 5th year in a row we have been keepers at Mission Point. The place looks fabulous and the
new simple register system for the gift shop is wonderful. May 2016
Drove to Traverse City for dinner and stopped at wineries on the way back – the Keeper VIP tag works!
Enjoyed FREE wine tasting and more! April 2016
Ellen relieved us at the store so we could go to mass at St. Joseph’s. Homily was about finding peace in the
world that seems against it. This beautiful peninsula is certainly a good place to find peace. April 2016
Cooler temperatures and light snow did not keep visitors away. We saw a bald eagle fly over the lighthouse
at 10:30am today. Nov 2015
Typical Michigan day. Gale winds and beautiful skies. Always love volunteering here. Will be back. Nov 2015
Fifty visitors today from, CA, OR, IL, OH, MN and TX. Love being here this time of year, you can actually visit.
Met couple on “healing” trip, lost their daughter two weeks ago. Oct. 2015
Today visitors came in large family groups. Many kids on the beach and picnics near the lighthouse. Aug. 2015
After closing the shop for the day, visited Brys Winery open until 7, Hawthorne Winery open until 8 and
Bonobo Winery open until 9 with music and watched the sunset on the deck! Aug. 2015
I’m always amazed how many people from other countries. Just this week: England, Poland, Germany, Switzerland,
Lithuania, Canada, Mexico, Ireland, Australia, Japan, France and Netherlands! Aug. 2015
Third wedding on the beach in two days. Fun! Aug. 2015