Monday, September 01, 2008
Manistee National Forest on Lake Michigan
We woke up to a beautiful clear day. After some breakfast we packed up camp, got our packs on and hiked out to the beach. There was hardly anyone here even though it was Labor Day.
Our camp site near Lake Michigan, the white bag in the tree is our garbage from last night's dinner, we hung it in the tree so the animals couln't get at it during the night
Down the dunes - up the dunes, to the beach we go
Pretty flowers growing in the sand
Hiking along the lake shore
It was getting warm already, the temp was supposed to get in to the 80’s today. We found spot on the beach and laid out our tent’s rain fly like a blanket to sit on. It was very relaxing to sit on this empty beach. Mike went for dip in the lake, and we had some lunch, then it was time to head back to the car.
Relaxing on the empty beach
Now in the middle of the day, with the sun pounding down on us, the hiking in the sand with a pack wasn’t as easy as it was yesterday. Up the dunes, down the dunes, through the forest in the sand we went. The plan was the drop off our packs at the car and then hike another trail, but by the time we got back to the parking lot we were pooped and I was getting sore all over. This was definitely a work out. We hiked 2.5 miles yesterday, and 2.5 miles today. So that's 5 miles total of hiking in sand for our very first backpacking trip, that's pretty good. Mountains here we come!
This was a great experience, great exercise and Nordhouse Dunes was a very special place. Too bad I didn’t now about it earlier.
Mike and I getting ready to hike out of the wilderness
Leaving the beach and heading in to the forest
Hiking in sand with a pack is a very good workout
Is this the world's smallest pine cone?
We hit the road by 2PM, stopped for an early dinner. Traffic was getting heavier and heavier the closer we got to the Illinois border. The last two hours of the drive was in stop and go traffic. We made it home just before 9PM.
The trail head for Nordhouse Dunes is located at the end of Nurnberg Road
Sitting in stop and go traffic on I-94 heading back home
The red square shows the location of Nordhouse Dunes
The red square is the end of Nurnberg Road, the parking lot and the trail head for Nordhouse Dunes is located here
Written by Anna