Remember your first field trip to the Sleeping Bear Sand Dunes?

As anyone who grew up in Michigan knows, by about the 2nd grade, a school field trip to the Sleeping Bear Sand Dunes is a requirement to Michigan Citizenship! The first glimpse of that big sand pile creates excitement to all that are under the age of about 12 years (give or take)…

Children of all ages come to tackle the dunes… If you make it all the way, you are rewarded with amazing views of Lake Michigan (and perhaps a dip in the cool water).

But as I age… at 56 I find that once I’m at the top of that first hill… I’m not quite as fit as I was when I was 12! So the rest of my gang trekked on and almost made it to the back side of the dunes. Yes… ALMOST… as it’s over 3 miles of sand trails to make it to the blue side of this geographical challenge. It’s still brings back memories of childhood when I see the Dunes Climb… But Pierce Stocking Scenic drive offers all the best views, without the huff and puff!

Published by Pealout65

I'm a Michigan Girl, born and raised. I'm a little out of practice with my writing skills, but I love to travel to small towns in the United States, and sometimes beyond! My fiance' and I just bought property on the Tennessee River in Clifton, TN. Once I got exploring the town, I realized what a rich charming southern history was behind this place. I can't wait to go back so I can take pictures tell you all about it! There's a few Michigan favorites as well, including my home town of Elk Rapids, Michigan, and Torch Lake (The 3rd Most Beautiful Lake in the World according to legend, which I whole heartedly agree with.) Oh... and a little warning... I'm a proud dog mom, as well... so there may be a few great pictures of my sweet little Havanese, Daisy Mae, included in my travels. She's a great little companion travel girl!

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