Center Road at Kroupa's apples on the stone wall; Fall colors on the Old Mission Peninsula | Jane Boursaw Photo
Center Road at Kroupa's apples on the stone wall; Fall colors on the Old Mission Peninsula | Jane Boursaw Photo
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It snowed for Halloween last night, and it made me think about all the years we trick-or-treated in the snow when I was a kid. Dressed up like a princess with a winter coat over the top of it, we’d trick or treat through the village of Old Mission and then maybe down Peninsula Drive. We never went all the way to town to Sixth Street, but maybe that wasn’t such a big thing back in the 1960s.

I love winter, so the snow makes me happy. I can’t wait to get my snowshoes out of the basement and trek through the snowy woods on the trails on the north end of the Old Mission Peninsula. I especially love that it’s snowing now instead of raining.

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I had a tough time finding sunny days to take pictures of the beautiful fall colors on the Peninsula, so these were mostly taken while I was dodging raindrops. But the colors were so intense this year. Even in the rain, they were gorgeous, and sometimes moreso than if it had been sunny. Take a photographic journey around the Peninsula with the photos below.

Also, look for some of these to show up on my online store in the near future – Old Mission Peninsula Store (

A NOTE FROM JANE: I started Old Mission Gazette in 2015 because I felt a calling to provide the Old Mission Peninsula community with local news. After decades of writing for newspapers and magazines like the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Family Circle and Ladies' Home Journal, I really just wanted to write about my own community where I grew up on a cherry farm and raised my own family. So I started my own newspaper.

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  1. Thanks Jane for the tour!!!!!!!!!!!! I really enjoyed it. All I see is house to town and back!!!!!!!!!!!! Happy FALL!!!!!!!!!!!! Becky

  2. Jane I remember you as a beautiful young lady playing in the Traverse City High School Orchestra, but now I enjoy the outstanding talents of a true writer, photographer, and story teller! Thank you so much! We live in Traverse City but enjoy news of the Old Mission Peninsula. Sincerely, Ellen Allen

  3. Jane, pure out-of-this-world beauty! Forget the rain, these photos are breathtaking. I was telling EVERYONE how this year, FALL was just gorgeous at every turn. You did an outstanding job. My husband thought I was looking at paintings! Thank you!


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