|Sleeping Bear Virtuals|
When Lumber is King GCC1F9
Empire is adorable. The streets were lined with little, white fishing cottages. They were in the midst of their Asparagus Festival, but we didn't have time to stop. Instead, we circumvented downtown and headed to the little park on Lake Michigan. Gorgeous!
|Sleeping Bear Dunes - view from the Virtual|
|This picture, with the lighthouse in the foreground,|
gives you a real sense of scale of the dunes.
|Looking South and at Lake Michigan|
Sleeping Bear Duneside GC95B8
This was supposed to be our last Virtual, but I overshot the entrance to the scenic drive. The GPSr said we were only .7 miles from the other Virtual, but it didn't account for the sand dunes or the climb up a small mountain. This was my first trip to the dunes!
|Walking away from the dunes and along the bike path|
|Entrance to the Nature Area|
If you look to the left, you can see the dunes beyond the trees
|In the shadow of the dunes|
The wall of sand is to the left
|After scaring a deer, heading to the Virtual|
|Walking back to the parking lot|
|One last picture of the dunes as we were leaving. Look|
how huge they are! 1.3 mile walk to Lake Michigan
|As we were heading towards our next destination, we had|
to scare this deer standing in the middle of the road.
Pierce Stocking Overlook #1 GCGHV4
Heading South again, we located the spot to turn into the scenic drive. I remember thinking the road was weirdly twisted on the map - didn't hit me that we were driving up a small mountain to get to the top!
Again, due to the late hour, nobody at the gate so we saved another $10 fee.
|One side going up and one coming down|
And the view from the top....
|View from the overlook|
|Top of the dunes and Lake Michigan|
There's a sailboat out there
- 38 finds for TaGeez & 31 for me
- 9 Virtuals for TaGeez & 6 for me
- 4 Power Island Caches
- 4 Jasmer squares
- 10 Barn Quilts
- 3 cemeteries
- 1 Michigan Lost Town
- 1 Turtle booking it down the highway
- 1 smiley face water tower
- Several species of mushrooms
- 1 brown and white feather
- Turkeys, bathing Robins, cardinals, blue jays, a woodpecker and an Eagle (PI)
- 3+1 deer standing in the road and one crashing through the woods
- 1 cottontail, many cows and many horses
- 1 giant cement swan and several real swans (OMP)
- 2 brew pubs
- 1 wine & chocolate gift basket