After Petoskey, I headed to Lake Leelanau, MI. This city is about 22 miles North of Traverse City. There were several places I wanted to go in Traverse City and I wanted to visit Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.
I had visited Sleeping Bear Dunes a couple of times before, but the only hiking I had done was the Dunes Trail. I wanted to do other trails this time (and hopefully not as difficult as 3.5 miles on sand dunes). I ended up hiking 2 smaller trails and walking a couple of miles around their scenic overlooks.
It’s a long way down this dune to Lake Michigan. Some people do walk down. In this area, there were several signs warning people that it could take a long time to walk back up and also that if they need help coming up (as in a rescue) it will cost $$$$.
I stayed at Lake Leelanau RV Park, which is right on Lake Leelanau. Early one morning, I kept hearing a lot of boats and I later found out there was a fishing tournament that day. Next time I would probably stay at one of the state or national parks.
One day, I drove to and up Old Mission Peninsula to Old Mission Lighthouse. It was a nice drive that led to a nice hike – until the sleet started!!
The lighthouse was built in 1870. I had just started down one of the trails when it started raining and then I realized it was mixed with sleet. I didn’t hike very long, I headed back to the car!!
I visited Traverse City a few times. One day I went to Gallery 55. This is a “art and fine crafts” gallery/store. It is a great store. I’m not much of a shopper, but I would visit it again when in the area. I found out that the building it is in was originally a 19th century insane asylum. One of the items I was interested in looking at was the Fordite Jewelry. (Gallery 55 info on Fordite) I like jewelry that isn’t common and really liked the idea of this recycled item!
While in Traverse City, one day I saw this -
A cruise ship! I didn’t think this was a common site, so I asked while at the Farmer’s Market and I was told that this was the first time in 4 years that one had been in this area.
From here, I headed down to Grand Haven, MI.