If it’s Michigan, it must be Sleeping Bear Dunes.
Every summer that I visit Michigan, I try to spend a day in the sprawling Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.
Every summer I discover a new favorite place.
The Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive and Glen Haven.
The Port Oneida Rural Historic District and Platter River Point.
This year it was…
Wait. We have to get there first. In Sleeping Bear Dunes, the journey is the destination. Here are some scenes from the trail.
Glaciers played a large role in shaping the hills and lakes of the area, depositing deep layers of sand and debris. In this poor soil grows a dense forest of maple and birch. Scattered boulders known as “erratics” were carried here by glaciers from their origins far away.
Along the path I look at every fern. Finally, a wood fern I can identify. See the spores along the margins of the frond’s pinnules? It’s a Marginal Wood Fern!
My new friend is bright-eyed and curious.
Sunny opening in the woods along the shore of Otter Lake.
The best destinations offer journeys of their own. This path took me to my new favorite place in Sleeping Bear Dunes…