The lakes are something which you are unprepared for; they lie up so high, exposed to the light, and the forest is diminished to a fine fringe on their edges, with here and there a blue mountain, like amethyst jewels set around some jewel of the first water, – so anterior, so superior, to all the changes that are to take place on their shores, even now civil and refined, and fair as they can ever be. ~Henry David Thoreau
These words pretty much describe last Sunday, but I’ll share a bit more… my husband and I went to Sleep Bear Dunes last weekend and it was spectacular. Standing on the sand dunes looking out at the views of Lake Michigan is astounding. I was so impressed with the size of both the lake and the dunes, some of the dunes are 450 ft high! it’s just amazing. I’ve made a few trips to the shores of Lake Michigan the last two summers a little further South, but this vantage point is the best. It’s a bit after the busy summer season and the quiet combined with the sanctuary of the national park was sublime. “The park’s creation was highly controversial because it involved the transfer of private property to public. The Federal government’s stance at the time was that the Great Lakes were the “third coast” ( the quote is from Wikipedia, click on the links to find out more ).
My favorite find on the trip was the swirls. These pattern in the sand were made by the ends of grass. It was a windy weekend and I was tickled by the perfect circle patterns that were etched in the sand by the wind blowing them round and round .