Sleeping Bear Dunes

Trip Start May 26, 2006
Trip End May 29, 2006

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Sunday, May 28, 2006

Some background information for those of you unfamiliar with Northern Michigan. The weather is ALWAYS variable and to open up the summer season at the end of May, you just hope for sun and if you are really lucky it is about 75F. We had astonishingly great weather, where it reached 90F and was sunny!!

Gail and I went to Sleeping Bear National Lakeshore for the sand dune climb. As you can see in the picture, it doesn't look that hard, but 2 miles each way up and down hills in sand is MUCH harder than it looks. Anyway so you walk up and down the sand hills for nearly 45 minutes. With the weather, it started out hot, with the sun baking us. After about the 5th hill we were treated to a view of Lake Michigan, and as we got closer, the breeze started coming off the water. As we made it to the lake, we had a basically private beach because the only way to get there is either via boat or the 2 mile walk. It was lovely. Don't be fooled - even with the unseasonably warm weather - Lake Michigan does not get warm enough for swimming until mid July. It was 49F, so no swimming for me! The way back is always fun, as you roll down the final big hill and then dump mass quantities of sand from your shoes.

After the dune climb Gail and I headed to our other favorite winery at the tip of the Leelanau peninsula - Leelanau Cellars. They have the best fruit wine in the business, and they believe that it is because they do not mix in grapes, it is 100% fruit. I bought my favorite - Leelanau Red and also bought the new Raspberry. They had some pretty good fruit ports here as well, but I think it would go bad before I had occasion to use it. During our drive I passed the 45th parallel, halfway between the equator and north pole. I need to check, but I think i passed the other 45th parallel when i was on a previous trip, so that would be both parallels in one year! Yes, I'm nerdy.

After that, we returned to the Homestead and I proceeded to the rehearsal at Black Star Farms (yet another winery). This is a storybook place to get married!! We rehearsed our stuff, and went to dinner. After, I found Amanda, Shannon and Gail and we headed to the beach bonfire, one of my favorite things to do on a summer night! I didn't have my camara, so unfortunately no pictures. After the bonfire ended, we went to the house Kate, Joey and Kari rented on the beach for some further socializing. With all the activity, we were all tired and in bed by 1am.
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