Hiking In Sand Is Not Easy!

by HEAB on August 22, 2010

Yesterday, CD and I did more exploring.

After about an hour in the car, we arrived in Glen Arbor. Such a cute little town! Taking Sarah’s advice, we stopped at Thyme Out for a sandwich.


CD and I split the roast beef on olive focaccia bread.


The bread was smothered in some type of blue cheese mayo. Blue cheese + olive focaccia = amazing. However, this sandwich was huge, and I’m so glad CD was there to help!

Our next stop was Empire, MI, but on our way there we drove through Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore and decided to stop when we noticed people climbing a large sand dune. CD asked me if I was up for the climb, and I said sure, thinking we’d climb to the top of one dune for a beautiful view of lake Michigan. So, we paid the parking fee, threw our shoes in the grass, and started climbing.


Uh yeah, the climb didn’t end at the top of the first dune…


It just kept going and going and we ended up hiking up and down dunes for almost 2 miles until we finally saw Lake Michigan.


We made it!


After playing in the water for a few minutes, we headed back. Later, I looked at the map the park ranger had given us when we arrived. Hmm, turns out we did the Dunes Hiking Trail: Strenuous. Hilly, all sand, and little shade. Travels over nine hills through the high dunes plateau to Lake Michigan. It can be a hot, exhausting, three to four hour trip. We managed to complete the entire hike in a 2 and 1/2 hours…must have been all that focaccia. 😉

We then drove to Empire and stopped for some well deserved ice-cream at Tiffany’s (another great recommendation from Sarah!).


I ordered a small peanut butter brownie chunk swirl cone (yes, that’s a small!) and Chris got a small cup of cake batter ice-cream. Literally, this was some of the best ice-cream I’ve ever eaten. With ice-cream in hand, we then walked down to Empire Beach.


Honestly, I think everyone here is lying to us. This cannot possibly be a lake…it’s an ocean!

Upon leaving Empire, we then drove through a few other small towns, arriving back in Fife Lake just in time to feed the pups dinner and take them for an evening walk. All in all, it was another perfect day in Michigan. Thanks for joining us on our journey. :)