I have some photos to share from this past weekend. Traverse City sits on a bay of Lake Michigan, but over the weekend I was able to travel out to the actual shore of Lake Michigan inside the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. I went out on Saturday with Kris, the woman that I’m living with this summer, and we went to the beach in Empire with some of her friends and then drove through a scenic drive in the park before following the border of the Leelanau Peninsula through small towns and along more of the shoreline. Then on Sunday I had the chance to go back when I went out with a couple of other people to go hiking near the dunes. We chose a trail that wasn’t actually out on the dunes, but wound its way through the woods and had a couple of views of Lake Michigan.
It’s a really incredible area (voted Most Beautiful Place in America back in 2011 by ABC News). It’s amazing to come upon such a huge body of water that isn’t the ocean. After our Sunday hike we went down the lakeshore and were talking about how it’s odd at first that it doesn’t smell like the ocean because you expect it to be salt water. The dunes rise up above the shoreline and then are surrounded by really dense forest and inland lakes. And out on the water are South and North Manitou Islands, which add to the majesty of the surroundings.
Here are some pictures from this past weekend – the captions will explain where they’re from.
(You can click on any of the photos to see an enlarged version.)
I’ll write again sometime later this week with an update of the work that I’ve been doing and what’s coming up in the future.