We spent today exploring the area around Traverse City and first on our agenda was the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore on the northwestern shore of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula. This large park, so named by the Chippewa Indians, is made up of dense forests, lakes, sandy beaches and most famously the towering sand dunes overlooking Lake Michigan.
As you walk onto the massive dunes overlooking the lake the view is stupendous, and it appears to be a shear drop off. There is a sign warning not to go too close to the edge because sliding down to the bottom will result in a 2 hour climb back up! We climbed up to a vantage point and were able to see all the way down to the shore below, and 3 small moving dots – hardy folks starting the slow climb back up.
Next we found the adorable little fishing village of Leland where we had a great lunch at The Cove, famous for their whitefish and their Ghubby Marys. We tried both and loved them.