Happy 50th Birthday, Sleeping Bear Dunes

via leelanau.com… The Big Sweep by Mark Smith The Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore was officially authorized on October 21, 1970 making today the 50th birthday of Michigan’s most visited national park. Our Sleeping Bear Dunes History page says in part: Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore was established by Act of Congress October 21, 1970. … Continue reading Happy 50th Birthday, Sleeping Bear Dunes

Steps of the Sun at Sleeping Bear Dunes

Steps of the Sun, photo by Kenneth Snyder Here’s a shot from high atop one of the many dunes in the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore from August 1, 2012. View Kenneth’s photo background bigilicious and see more in his Sleeping Bear Dunes slideshow that includes some awesome northern lights pics! More dunes and more … Continue reading Steps of the Sun at Sleeping Bear Dunes

North Bar Lake in Sleeping Bear Dunes

North Bar Lake, Sleeping Bear Dunes, photo by jdehmel The Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore pages on North Bar Lake and the North Bar Lake Overlook say (in part): The small lake below is North Bar Lake. The name describes how the lake formed: it is ponded behind a sand bar. At times, the sand bar builds up and … Continue reading North Bar Lake in Sleeping Bear Dunes

#TBT: The Bear of Sleeping Bear Dunes

Glen Haven MI Sleeping Bear Dunes, photo by Don…The UpNorth Memories Guy… Harrison Tuesday was the 44th anniversary of the founding of the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. You may have heard the Chippewa tale that inspired the name of the park: “Long ago, along the Wisconsin shoreline, a mother bear and her two cubs … Continue reading #TBT: The Bear of Sleeping Bear Dunes

View of Manitou Islands from Sleeping Bear Dunes

View of Manitou Islands from Sleeping Bear Dunes, photo by jess_clifton Last week’s Leelanau Enterprise is reporting that October 2013 had the lowest number of Sleeping Bear Dunes visitors in a decade – an impressive testimony to the impact of our recent government shutdown. You’ll be able to read the article in a month … when it’s … Continue reading View of Manitou Islands from Sleeping Bear Dunes

Sleeping Bear Dunes Concert

Dune Shift, photo by farlane Today on Leelanau.com I posted about one of my favorite Michigan musical events – the Glen Arbor Art Association’s 15th annual Dune Climb concert. The FREE concert takes place this Sunday, July 14 at 7:00 pm. The setting is the incomparable natural amphitheater of the Sleeping Bear Dunes, and I heartily … Continue reading Sleeping Bear Dunes Concert

Sleeping Bear Dunes Ghost Forest

Ghost Forest, photo by Neil Weaver Photography Walk silently through the haunting landscape of the ghost forest of Sleeping Bear Point Trail and wind spirits whisper to you and chatter among the skeletons of long dead cedars. If you do not hear them you are not listening. I am sure the Anishinaabek knew the song … Continue reading Sleeping Bear Dunes Ghost Forest

Michigan’s Sleeping Bear Dunes is the most beautiful place in (Good Morning) America!

Please Just Come, photo by Happyhiker4   On Leelanau.com yesterday, I reported that the Sleeping Bear Dunes have been named the most beautiful place in America by the viewers of Good Morning America. Today I’ve been reading here and there of folks who are wondering if in fact the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore deserves … Continue reading Michigan’s Sleeping Bear Dunes is the most beautiful place in (Good Morning) America!

Parasailing at the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

IMG_0021, photo by ansonredford. Shot back before digital in the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. Here’s some information about parasailing and powerless flight in the Sleeping Bear Dunes. Check this out bigger and in his Sleeping Bear Dunes Nat’l Lakeshore set (slideshow). More dunes on Michigan in Pictures,