Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

Sandy beaches of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

Sandy beaches of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

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.

You can't see the bottom as the slope is too steep.

You can’t see the bottom as the slope is too steep.

If you look closely you will see a girl climbing back up-all 450 ft!

If you look closely you will see a girl climbing back up-all 450 ft!

The quaint fishing village of Leland

The quaint fishing village of Leland

Who put a Chubby in my Mary?!

Who put a Chubby in my Mary?!

It was smoked fish and actually very tasty, a meal in itself!

It was smoked fish and actually very tasty, a meal in itself.  Why not have Chubby Marys as lunch!

 

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.

Our beautiful campsite at Holiday Park in Traverse City

Our beautiful campsite at Holiday Park in Traverse City

 

 

5 responses to “Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

  1. Chubs have become nonexistent on the Wisconsin side of Lake Michigan due to some issues with Lake Michigan. One of Gary’s favorites, now you have him interested in your travels! That looks like a hellofa Bloody Mary!

  2. It all looks gorgeous, that is, of course, with the exception of dead fish in your cocktail. Really… isn’t that taking the idea of a ‘dirty’ drink just a little too far?

  3. Stunning – both the view and the fish.

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