These pictures of northern Michigan are a salute to our beautiful world in late August. Fathers are hooking up trailers to leave the state parks, cars from North Dakota, Ohio, Maine and Ontario are heading home. Parents and children are shopping for back-to-school clothes, evening comes earlier, the nights are crisp and sunrise is later. Yes, summer is coming to an end. Hopefully, there are many good memories to help students write essays titled, “What I Did This summer.” (Click on photos to enlarge them.)
Inspiration Point overlooks Big and Little Glen Lakes, with a distant view of Lake Michigan and South Manitou Island.
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore Park is a wonderful, natural treasure. These are pictures from Pyramid Point. You reach it after a steep climb through the woods of white birch, maple and beech trees.
Point Betsie Lighthouse (built 1857-1858) is a favorite place to visit each summer. We used to sleep out under the stars with our children in the sand dunes here. Interlochen National Music Camp owned some land almost next to the lighthouse. On Sunday nights a bus load of campers would come threading their way over the hilly dunes, flashlights bobbing in the black night. I woke up and was a little scared one night until I realized they were children from Interlochen.
We are blessed with many inland lakes. Father and son enjoy a perfect August morning at sunrise.
A loon floats quietly as sun rays paint the water.
I hope that each of you have beautiful summer memories to savor.