We recently spent 3 days at a rental property in Glen Arbor Michigan. Our house was just about 100 yards off of Lake Michigan tucked away in a huge bay. Actually you could see part of the sleeping bear Dunes from the deck around the house. We had a bon-fire the first evening and made plans for the following days activities.
Everyone had decided that the nature walk at the Sleeping Bear Dunes should be our first great adventure. There were several trails to choose from, but our crew (I call them “the no clue crew”) thought they were up for the 3.5 mile round trip hike that led to Lake Michigan. After climbing the first two sand dunes four (4) of them Lorna, Tara, Addy, and McKenzie decided they had gone far enough. That left Dave, Mindy, Glen, Matt, Nadia, Michael, Keegan, Ava, and Kyle to conquer their doubts and fears, and press on! Dave was carrying a backpack with 10 water bottles and a few other odds and ends which made for a substantial load. At the halfway point there was a sign that read “If you do not have enough water for the rest of the hike, please turn back!”
To make a long story somewhat shorter they all made it to Lake Michigan, but had forgotten their swimming suits. No matter, the cool clear waters were calling them in for a refreshing swim. It was 85 degrees that day and the lake was a welcome relief. The hike back was a brutal test of will power and endurance. Two from the group actually crawled on their bellies for a time. Three and a half miles up steep sand-dunes is not for the out-of-shape or faint-hearted Those conquering hero’s were so happy when they finally reached the parking lot with their shaking legs and parched lips! They all said they were glad they did it, but they would never do it again!
Now that makes them almost as smart as me, as I kept my 69 year old butt glued to a Lazy Boy and channel surfed next to a big fan. I could see the dunes off in the distance, and that was good enough for me, as I sipped on a lemonade and enjoyed the cooling lake breeze!