Although the coastline was fairly even, we were constantly going up and going down with some occasional twistys. It was more than encountering sand dunes and rivers. The UP coastline and the lower penninsula along the upper west side are quite rugged and changing in elevation.
Shortly after the overlook, we passed Bear Lake where Mel & Nancy E have their cottage. We found ourselves surrounded by apple orchards just brimming with ripe fruit!
By the time we ate a late lunch squeezed between Bar Lake and Lake Michigan, we were definitely back to the flatlands. The picture through our windshield is from lunch. We came upon a short pull-out in a little town alongside the big lake, where the little lake was almost up against the pavement on the other side of the road!
It was soooo neat to just pull off and eat lunch like that! We ate pasties we’d bought in the UP, with our front door open to admit the sound of crashing waves and a little of the 63 degree wind, with the sun working hard to keep us warm.
The little town of Pentwater hosted our campground for the night. But first Robyn stopped at a shop she noticed on Google Maps when researching the town: The Bitchen Kitchen. The place sells really serious kitchen stuff….they just don’t take themselves too seriously!
Then we shopped for some groceries, and found some cinnamon rolls sold by the grocer that are made by his former grade school teacher in her home, and her husband, the school principal, brings them in each morning! They were especially yummy tonight.
We’re pretty well finished with the scenic route home, and will be moving on down the road tomorrow. Each place we have touched on this Michigan loop has reminded us how much we love the state, and triggered a vow to return and spend more time!