My starting point was M-179. M-179 starts off of U.S. 131 (which runs from top to bottom through Michigan). M-179 is about half way between Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo.
The closer I got to my starting point the more snow I started seeing on the ground and by the time I turned on to M-179 there was probably 2 inches of snow on the ground, but the sun was shining and it was melting rapidly.
I spotted this barn shortly after getting on M-179.
This photo is a good reminder to take my sunglasses off before I shoot. I really thought the fence posts were in focus.
I usually take a photo with my Starbucks cup every week at the beginning of my adventure. Soon I will be able to tell you where every Starbucks location is in Michigan :) My cousin Marty had part of the answer right when I posted this photo on my Facebook page, asking where my Starbucks cup was this week. He said "local soft serve ice cream place".
It was a soft serve ice cream shack, just not "my" local one. The sign on top of the building was calling to me to photography the place.
I took a quick little detour off of M-179 to Yankee Springs.
I found a classic State Park Picnic Shelter.
And you could have your pick of camping spots.
Cute little dock in the campground area.
Once back to M-179 I saw a sign for Historic Bowens Mills, well of course I had to check that out.
A 19 acre historical park that includes a 1864 grist mill and cider mill. It is a working museum that still grinds and sells fresh corn meal through the use of water-powered mill stones. There are multiple historical buildings and they offer tours year round. Sounds like a day adventure in and of itself.
Continuing on, M-179 had such a treasure trove of old buildings to photograph.
Not sure what this building was, but it being on stilts made it very interesting to me. The faded sign on the door of the metal building attached to this building said Taxidermy service.
I spotted this shack through a thicket of trees. This definitely make my heart sing.
The book shelf with ABC on it and the green door that were tucked into the shed were a beautiful bonus.
I did check for any No Trespassing signs before I walked onto the property to get a closer shot, all I saw was a faded No Hunting sign.
Lovely two track further down the road.
I redeemed myself a bit here from my earlier fence post failure.
Hastings is filled with beautiful historical buildings, a trip for another day. The building I visited was the local Wendy's for some tummy warming chili and a coke for some much needed caffeine.
I was one of the youngest customers in the restaurant. I am working to incorporate some people shots into my adventures, so here is my attempt for this week.
Another road with a lot of great potential.
McKeown Bridge County Park
From the Historical Marker: This steel Pratt through truss bridge was erected for Hastings Township in 1903. The township contracted with the Massillon Bridge Company of Massillon, Ohio for $2,090 to fabricate and erect the steel bridge.
From the bridge I spotted a beautiful barn that I had to get a closer look at, thankfully there was a little roadside park that was adjacent to the property and I was able to get some nice shots of it.
Farther along M-79.
Historic Charlton Park
I saw the road sign for this place and anything that says historic has me right away. Before I got to the entrance of the park I spotted another beautiful barn.
Turning into the driveway for Charlton Park, I was met with a bounty of historic buildings. The bad news…there was a school class trip there with many little elementary age munchkins running around making it very hard to shoot a building without one of them in the photo. Not the way I wanted to add people to my adventure, plus I didn't want to set any parents off thinking I was a creeper taking photos of their kids. So I stuck to the one building where the kids weren't, no surprise it was the church.
Charlton Center Church - Originally located in Charlton Center, this 1885 Gothic Revival structure served as a Methodist Episcopal Church until 1972 when it was moved to Charlton Park. The original steeple was struck by lightning in 1933. The present steeple is similar to the original, but 25 feet shorter.
This will be another place to come back to explore for a longer period of time.
One last barn for the day. The sun was starting to get high in the sky, so it was time to stop shooting and head towards home.
On my way home I took this road.
Many treasures along this road as well...
Linking with Helen at Weekend Walks.
**I downloaded some new Vintage Lightroom presets this weekend. It was kind of fun to play around and change the countryside look back to an earlier day.