Pix of us at Dune Climb

Dear friends Francie and Bill have generously allowed us use of their cottage in northern Michigan for a few days each year. What a glorious, peaceful retreat this has been, with the cottage so near to Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. Rain, snow, ice, sun, gale warnings – nature so near wraps her arms about us in stunning beauty no matter the weather or time of year or length of stay (usually 3-5 nights). It has been a most welcome and glorious gift. Because we go off season – in the late fall or early spring – we don’t bump into a lot of tourists. Peaceful days and nights.

Many books have been written about this area. Check them out. This blog post will be most brief. Of the 20 marked trails in Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, Jeff and I have hiked all but three, and hiked some of them more than once. The Dune Climb is quite popular, even off season. (photo above).

Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive probably ties with the Dune Climb for the most popular “spot” in the park. It is a lovely, winding road with several stops and nature notes, and even a few trails.


Historic Glen Haven is within the park. I caught a blacksmith in the shop twice, and an iron hook I saw made there hangs in our kitchen.

Ranger-led Nature or History Hikes (in-season only)

Someday I would like to ferry out to Manitou Islands. The 20 trails mentioned above do not even include all the hiking trails on those islands.