Who We Are

We sold our home in June, 2007, and spent the next 7 1/2 years traveling full time in a Cross Roads Fifth Wheel. (We had been traveling during our summers for several years before going full time.) We loved the full-time lifestyle! Each summer we spent a month or two volunteering in State Parks, first in Indiana at McCormick's Creek State Park, near our family, then in later years as the grandchildren got older, at the Bluewater Lake State Park in New Mexico. We spent 6 months each winter at Cactus Gardens RV Resort in Yuma, AZ, where I worked mornings in the park office. The remaining months were spent on the road, seeing this great country of ours. Our favorite places are our National Parks. Anita loved photography and the freedom of digital photography, taking sometimes hundreds of photos in a day. We hiked as much as our legs will allow. We also really enjoyed square and round dancing as we travel across country, and meeting all the wonderful people who dance and/or travel.

But as in all things, there comes a time for change, and we decided it was time to create roots once more. In the fall of 2014, we purchased a home in Cactus Gardens, and in the spring of 2015, sold the 5th wheel. Anita also retired in the spring. We will continue to travel each summer, but for a shorter period of time. We hope to continue blogging about those trips, but it will obviously be on a more limited basis than in the past.

Please explore our past posts if you are interested in traveling this great country. You'll find an index in the left column. We hope you enjoy our blog, and appreciate all comments

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

IMG_3859We stayed on U.S. 31 today, along the shore, although the lake is not often visible for all the forests.  I am continually impressed with the attractiveness of the towns, such as this intersection in Manistee.

Our destination this morning was the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.  We knew campground sites were at a premium in the park, with only one third on a walk-in basis and we didn’t have a reservation.  We called  yesterday, and were told to be at the park by 8 a.m., and we might get a site.  Once again, Michigan roads tricked us, and we had to backtrack about 6 miles when we missed a turn.  We arrived at the park around 8:30, only to find out that no sites with electric had become available.

IMG_4079 The park gave us a list of nearby campgrounds.  One was a Passport America Park, Sunny Woods, in the small town of Honor, MI, just a few miles from the park, so we set up there.  A little overpriced, it nevertheless was a quiet setting, and included laundry facilities.

Arriving so early gave us the opportunity to see the park today, catch up on our laundry tonight, and be ready to hit the road in the morning.



IMG_3902bscan0001  “Long ago, in the land that is now Wisconsin, a mother bear and her two cubs were driven into Lake Michigan by a raging forest fire.  They swam and swam, but soon the cubs tired and lagged far behind.  Mother bear finally reached the opposite shore and climbed to the top of a bluff to watch and wait for her offspring.  But the cubs drowned.  Today “Sleeping Bear”, a solitary dune in Michigan overlooking Lake Michigan, marks the spot where mother bear waited.  Her hapless cubs are the Manitou islands.”  CHIPPEWA INDIAN LEGEND

The Native Americans were the first to try to give reason to the shape of the land.  More recently, scientists have sought other reasons and attribute the sand dunes of Michigan to the Ice Age, wind, and water.  It continues to change.  Twice in the last century, landslides have dramatically altered this coast.

The park scenery is diverse and encompasses birch-lined streams, dense forests, beaches, and rugged bluffs towering as high as 460 feet above the lake.

The most oft visited area of the park is the Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive, a 7 mile loop with panoramic views of the dune and lake.

One of the most amusing stops along the drive was a public beach area that extends 450 ft almost straight down to the lake.  Only the young or the brave attempt slipping and sliding down to the beach, and the almost crawling return to the top.  We were neither, but enjoyed watching those who were. IMG_3960b


IMG_3959Occasionally, paramedics have to be called to help individuals with the ascent.

We did not attempt any dune climbing, as I have been experiencing a knee problem.

After our picnic lunch and the scenic drive, we drove north to Glen Haven and Glen Arbor.

For a slide show of our day at the park and nearby communities, click below:


Hart to Honor, MI 2

Click here for the website for the SLEEPING BEAR DUNES NATIONAL LAKESHORE

and for more on GLEN HAVEN or GLEN ARBOR AREA

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