Sleeping Bear Dunes
Trip Start May 26, 2006
3Trip End May 29, 2006
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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
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.