The sleeping bear

Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore was called by Good Morning America “the most beautiful place in America.”

We toured much of its 35 mile length yesterday in the rain.

Fun variety of terrain. The shoreline always ends in sand, the dunes might run a mile inland, and sand is almost always seen the whole length and breadth.

But there will be heavy woods in the midst of the dunes on their lee side from the lake where they drop and form protected canyons.

Several times, the road along the shoreline gradually rises hundreds of feet through the trees, then drops down to a narrow isthmus between Lake Michigan and an inland lake.

Because of the rain, we mostly stayed in the car….but we just had to get out and walk several hundred yards to the observation deck that towers on the edge of the dunes….to give you the panorama shot below!

The cottonwood tree below gives evidence of the risk you take when you grow in sand dunes.

The final picture below is across one of the numerous inland lakes.

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