Norton Shores, Michigan
|The Trout family taking the plunge|
Summer in the coastal towns along the eastern shore of Lake Michigan is all about the simple joys of vacationing. The joy of watching the sun set over the calm water from atop the dunes. The sound of my children running through woods in anticipation of arriving at the beach and the camaraderie of friends and family around the campfire at night. These are the things I take away from this trip to Michigan.
|Jack preparing to go after his brother|
|Approaching the beach from the campground|
For our first summer trip, we returned to Hoffmaster State Park with our tent camping companions Phil and Kim and their two daughters. This was a weekend spent at the beach and touring the nearby town of Silver Lake, Michigan. We spent most of our beach time on the dunes which make this part of Michigan so beautiful and unique. At Hoffmaster State Park, we ran up and down the dunes. Some of us took a tumble or two.
|Lucy showing her obvious disdain at being photographed|
On this trip, Melizza and I decided to engage in some kitschy tourism. We drove up to Silver Lake, Michigan and booked a dune ride with Mac Woods Dune Tours. They take you on a forty five minute journey through the giant dunes nestled between Silver Lake and Lake Michigan on a modified open air Ford truck. Lucy screamed and squealed with delight as we climbed up and over the dunes. Everyone had a great time and it was a nice reminder that some touristy activities are popular for a reason.
|The Dunes of Silver Lake|
|Fun for everyone|
|These dunes reminded me of Tatooine. I expected Obi-Wan to come over|
the next ridge. "These aren't the droids you are looking for."
|Little Sable Point Lighthouse|
|Phil and I before the "dune incident"|
|Ethan is ready to take on the dunes of Ludington|
It is great to travel with a family that we are compatible with. Phil and his family are great friends and love to share new experiences with us. They are joining us for a trip to Ludington, Michigan in the fall. My Michigan Parks Pass will be heavily utilized this season. As always with our Michigan weekends, we take comfort in the fact that we will return soon.