A Nature Escape to the Dunes - some exercise yeah!)

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taking the Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive

Eric, planned for this day an outdoor activity: Visiting the “Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore”. We woke up early and got ready for our adventure in the sand. We fixed our snacks for the day and also packed some clothes, since we would spend the whole day going from one place to another and needed to change clothes for dinner and party. We left the farm around 9:30am. We didn’t drive straight to Empire, where the dunes are located, first we had to go to TC to pick up the wine, haha. Mmm, it might get hotter, so better leave the wine at the store, but pay for them.

Ok, now we were in Empire. Before going to the Dunes, we had to stop at the Hart Visitor Center.

the 2 explorers ;)
Here we paid the entrance and got some information about the National Lakeshore. The people there were more than happy to answer our questions about the park and the surrounding area. We took a map from the Park and started our way to the Dunes.

 

Before doing the trekking in the Dunes, Eric decided it would be better to do “The  Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive” which is certainly a must. With the map we had a self-guided auto tour. Here we were able to get in touch with the history of the area, see some vegetation, and the best of all was the spectacular overlooks of the Glen Lakes, the Sleeping Bear Dunes and Lake Michigan.

would I be able to do it? Yes! I was!
  There are different stops where you can park and take closer looks of the whole area. If you look carefully, you’d be able to see how the big lake separate in smaller ones. Each of them beautiful. The day wasn’t so sunny in fact it was a bit cloudy, which was a shame but at same time it was good for the next step: “The Dunes”

 

Well, now it was time for the hardest part: “Climbing the Dunes”.  I wasn’t sure what to expect from the climbing, suddenly I saw a lot of people climbing, they looked tiny as ants. OMG, would I be able to do it? Yes! I will! :) Fortunately I had my mini Hello Kitty backpack. I put 2 bottles of water inside and Eric grabbed a bag with fresh cherries. I took a deep breath and it was time to start climbing. Thank God, I got Flip Flops the day before, ufff. We started climbing. It was a bit hard, not because of the height, but because of the sand.

enjoying the wind, it was a hot day...

                                                                                                                                                                                          

Climbing the dunes was a great exercise.

I felt so small...
It felt so good, since I haven’t been able to work out during the past days in MI. We got a beautiful view of Glen Lake from the top.  The parking lot and picnic area are at the base of the dune, so you can stop climbing when you get tired, but we didn’t do it and kept on hiking. The hike was worth the effort, because we saw a variety of wildflowers + an outstanding sight of Lake Michigan.

We went back to the jeep, ate our pizza and drank some soda. We didn’t have any other activity planned besides the dinner. But it was still early, mmm, what to do now? Eric asked me: “would you like to go for some wine tasting in the vineyards nearby?”  I just thought: “Are you kidding me, Eric? You don’t have to ask it, let’s do it!” hahaha.

 

Wine tasting, here we go… ;)

yadilitta says:
sure! it's quite an experience! actually I won't do it in winter brrrr. but I'm going to MI in winter oh!!!
Posted on: Aug 13, 2008
yekcoh says:
everyone must try
Posted on: Aug 13, 2008
yadilitta says:
yes, it's great. You'd love it!
Posted on: Aug 02, 2008
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taking the Pierce Stocking Scenic …
taking the Pierce Stocking Scenic…
the 2 explorers ;)
the 2 explorers ;)
would I be able to do it? Yes! I w…
would I be able to do it? Yes! I …
enjoying the wind, it was a hot da…
enjoying the wind, it was a hot d…
I felt so small...
I felt so small...
at the entrance of the park
at the entrance of the park
nice green scenery
nice green scenery
nice vegetation
nice vegetation
trying to make me laugh, haha, he …
trying to make me laugh, haha, he…
getting tired
getting tired
Dune Overlook
Dune Overlook
Dune Overlook: green + sand
Dune Overlook: green + sand
:)
:)
Glen Lake
Glen Lake
Beautiful Glen Lake
Beautiful Glen Lake
in our way to the Dunes
in our way to the Dunes
wow! we climbed a lot, the cars lo…
wow! we climbed a lot, the cars l…
endless sand
endless sand
hiking and hiking...
hiking and hiking...
in the middle of a dessert, lol, l…
in the middle of a dessert, lol, …
:)
:)
nice Overlook!
nice Overlook!
taking a break
taking a break
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