Sleeping Bear Dunes

by Lillie Forteau / Nov 14, 2008 /
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For Photo Fridays at Delicious Baby (travel photos from around the world), our daughter decided to post about her trip last weekend to Sleeping Bear Dunes, on Lake Michigan.  The dunes are located just north a bit from Frankfort, Michigan. Here's what she had to say...

 

 

Last weekend, we went to Sleeping Bear Dunes. Have you been there? It is close to our cottage, so we drove there. Come along!

 

 Platte River, Michigan

On our way to the Dunes, we passed by the Platte River. 

 canoes

All their canoes were put up for winter.

 

 Sleeping Bear Dunes

 

When I first saw the Sleeping Bear Dunes, I could NOT believe how big they were! And we were going to climb them! We almost went to the edge by Lake Michigan. We saw the two islands, that are the baby bears (North and South Manitou Islands). My mom stayed behind and took pictures, and my grampa and I climbed and hiked and it took a long time. And then I got used to it.  I wish I had brought my camera so I could show you Lake Michigan and the two baby bear islands. Next time, I will!

 

 

Sleeping Bear Dunes

 Here we are, starting out.

 

Sleeping Bear Dunes

Lots of people climb it. It was cold, so not so many today. In the summer, it is super crowded.

 

Sleeping Bear Dunes

Here we are at the top of the first dune. Many more to go!

 

Sleeping Bear Dunes

 

Sleeping Bear Dunes

 

Sleeping Bear Dunes

Here we are coming back! Tired and thirsty and hungry. We had a nice cold weather picnic.

 

Frankfort, MI lighthouse

Here is the Frankfort, MI, lighthouse. Then we ate dinner at Fusion, and had yummy pad thai.

 

Do you know the story of Sleeping Bear Dunes? There was a fire. The mama bear and her two baby bears jumped into Lake Michigan to escape the fire. They swam and swam. The two babies fell behind. Finally the mama bear made it to the shore. She kept looking for her babies. Finally, she turned into the sand dunes, Sleeping Bear Dunes. Her two baby bears are the islands right off the shore - they almost made it! I love this story. I love climbing the dunes. Maybe you can climb them, too, someday! 

 

L. Forteau (6) is the Special Children's Reporter for Wandering Educators.

 

To view more travel photos, from around the world, please see photo Fridays at DeliciouBaby.com.

 

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Comments (8)

  • Dr. Jessie Voigts

    10 years 10 months ago

    L, I am so proud that you and grampa climbed so high! Great article!

     

    Jessie Voigts

    Publisher, wanderingeducators.com

  • monacake

    10 years 10 months ago

    you have taught me so many new things in this article, lillie. and your mom took the greatest pictures. thanks to you both for sharing with us!

  • Glinda

    10 years 10 months ago

    Good for you for making it to the top of that dune...it looks like a very steep climb!

  • Dominique-Midwe...

    10 years 10 months ago

    We love the Sleeping Bear Dunes area. We try to make at least one trip up there most years, and I've been to the places pictured here.

    Yup, I climbed the dune (all by myself) a couple summers ago. I've also eaten at Fusion and loved it (although they've moved across the street in the past year or so, haven't they? Haven't been there in a couple of years).

    OK...I think I've finally jumped through all of the hoops here in order to comment :)

    Ooops...looks like there's one more hoop...

  • Dr. Jessie Voigts

    10 years 10 months ago

    dominique - yes, fusion moved across the street. now they have GREAT harborfront windows. still the same 3cds playing. we had jack johnson that night. ;)

     

    Jessie Voigts

    Publisher, wanderingeducators.com

  • wandermom

    10 years 10 months ago

    That's a great story - thanks for sharing!

  • Sam Pounder

    10 years 10 months ago

    Well done.  Sounds, and looks, like a great place for kids, of all ages, to play.

  • Ed Forteau

    10 years 10 months ago

    Nice article.  I will have to go there in the Spring. 

    Ed Forteau

    Co-Publisher, WanderingEducators.com

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