Our next stop on this vacation was to the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Seashore – and here David and his grandmother read the plaque on the observation deck high above Lake Michigan.
David and his grandmother stand on the observation deck high above Lake Michigan – on a beautiful day in Michigan.
I take in the view from the observation deck that stands on top of the sand dunes – look at the narrow ribbon of the beach below to gauge just how far below it really is.
The slope on the back side of the sand dunes down to the shoreline of Lake Michigan is very steep, and not recommended for tourists to attempt.
The wooden railing blends into the sloping sand as it angles down to a thin sliver of beach far below.
David waves to his mom who is taking the picture, as I balance him on the railing while standing beside my parents for this picture.
David stands in the tall dune grass with the distant horizon of Lake Michigan behind him.
The visitor center for the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Seashore is on the inland side of the dunes, which rise like a wall from the flat parkland below – David and his grandmother lead the way on the far left side to start up the dunes.
David has scaled the initial dune wall, and once on top he heads off to scale the next slope – like “Lawrence of Arabia.”
Leading the way for all of us, David heads further up and into the dunes – climbing each ridge of sand like a professional explorer.
We follow David’s blue shirt further up and into the dunes – which covers a vast area – check out Google Map and you can see the small parking lot on the east side of the dunes, and the observation deck at the far southern tip of the dunes.
A picture of me on top of the Sleeping Bear Dunes, with the visitor center below and Glen Lake off in the distance.
David plays in the sand, hopping down the slope and having fun in the giant sand box that is the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Seashore.
David waves to his grandpa who stayed behind down at the visitor center with a pair of binoculars to take in all the action from a distance.
This picture shows how the upper slope gives way to the lower slope in the distance, prior to forming the wall of sand that faces the visitor center below it.
David chases his mom as they both run down the sand dunes in a race to the bottom – which is more fun than climbing up!
David runs ahead on the right as his grandma and mom walk down the slope in the middle of this picture.
David makes a sprint for the finish line and leaves his mom (left) and grandma (right) in his dust further up the slope.