Sometimes the internet can send you down a crazy rabbit hole. This Facebook post made by Joseph Baldiga on the Michigan History page had me scouring Google maps.
The original poster noted that he spotted something interesting after traveling near Vassar.
"I was on the road today going west from Vassar. When I got home I went to my Maps program and retraced my trip using the satellite view. As I zoomed in as far as it would let me following the same route I had taken, I found something quite amusing."
He went on to say that if you type in "12681 Holland Rd. in Frankenmuth, you'll see a smiley face and a peace sign.
Sure enough, here it is.
12681 Holland Rd., Frankenmuth
Of course, this led to a string of comments, one of which revealed an interesting find in Ossineke Township, up near Hubbard Lake Michigan.
From Roy Wekwert: "Type in M-65 sth and Andor Rd look east the guy planted his pines to look like marijuana leaf years ago."
Roy was right on the money.
M-65 & Andor, Ossinede Township
Unfortunately, another commenter sent me down a rabbit hole which turned out to be a dead end.
From Charlie Coburn: "My friend lives on Lennon road between Seymour and Morrish in Swartz creek. He keeps a huge peace sign mowed in his front yard. Apple maps caught him mowing it!"
Sorry, Charlie, I scoured Google Maps for this one because it's only a few miles from my house. But no luck.
Let us know if you see any other interesting finds on Google Maps. We'd love to highlight it.
Rustic Lake Mansion is One Michigan's Most Expensive & Luxurious Airbnbs
Welcome home to the most incredible home on Mullett Lakes Red Pine Point. This beauty in Northern Michigan offers a 9,000 sq ft main house and a 2,600 sq ft carriage house, all located on 2 ½ wooded acres with 100’ on Mullett Lake. With 9 bedrooms and 12 bathrooms, there is more than enough room to sleep 22 guests. The detail paid to keeping an outdoor rustic vibe is only part of the allure of the magnificent Airbnb. Guests will enjoy ammenities such as; a full blown workout room,steam shower,sauna, large game area with an 8’ pool table, 22’ full size shuffleboard,Chexx Bubble Boy hockey,Golden Tee, 2 multicades,5 pinballs and 2 bar top megatouch games. There is even a beautiful Dublin style pub bar for entertaining.
The outdoors are as cool as the indoors with a huge backyard for volleyball along with a hot tub and fire pit. Guests can also enjoy time by the lake relaxing on over 1,600 sq ft of decks with a screened gazebo. The pontoon boat is available to rent by the week.
So what's the rental going to run you? About $1900 per night depending on the time of year.
Check out why this is exactly where you need to spend your next Pure Michigan vacation.
Plans Begin to Take Shape for Grand Blanc Marketplace
The pictures below give us a glimpse of what to expect to open in the abandoned Kmart plaza in Grand Blanc.
The development will be dubbed 'Grand Blanc Marketplace.'
A Nostalgic Look Back Inside the Infamous Auker Mansion of Grand Blanc
The big house with the large gates on Belsay Road in Grand Blanc, Michigan has been as mysterious as the man who built the massive 14,000+ square foot home that resembled more of a palace than a Midwest home. The late builder Eldon Auker was known for his creativity and flamboyance on some levels, his mansion reflected every bit of that. With its 20 foot ceilings, majestic staircase, and a 3000 square foot bedroom, the home was a showplace. Sold in 2020, it's hard to know if changes were made to the once amazing estate, but it's exciting to be able to take a little look back in time to what once was.