I was able to sneak in a trip up north this past weekend. The weather was quite damp and cold - perfect for plaid scarves and reading by the fire. To break up the day, we decided to drive to Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore to see what we could see. The dunes were deserted (no picnics or school field trips this time of year) and the view was spectacular. Can you see the color variation in the water? The darker the color, the deeper the water. You can even make out a double sand bar running parallel to shore.
I took this photo from an overlook that is 450 feet above Lake Michigan (the world's 4th largest fresh water lake). Visitors are welcome to explore the dune and climb all the way down to the water, if they so choose. The trick is climbing up 450 feet of sand. For every few feet you climb up, you invariably slide back half as much.
Sleeping Bear Sand Dunes is estimated to be about two thousand years old. It is a wonderful destination for nature lovers, tourists and, of course, photographers. What a sight!
Aside from the endless view, you know what else I loved about this visit? The only sound was from the wind.