Today we went to Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore which is on the northwest coast of Michigan’s lower peninsula. The park was authorized on October 21, 1970. Its creation was highly controversial because it involved the transfer of private property to public. The federal government’s stance at the time was that the Great Lakes were the “third coast” and had to be preserved much like Cape Hatteras or Big Sur, which are National Seashores.
We are glad that they preserved them. The color of the water here is amazing. There are places where the water looks just like it does in the Caribbean. Don decided to be young again and jump off of a sand dune. Luckily he had a nice soft landing. The further north we go, the more beautiful Lake Michigan gets.
We stopped at two breweries. Right Brain in Traverse Cirty and Short’s Brewery in Bellaire. Right Brain was a “fly by”, we just bought 2 bottles of beer. Short’s is the number one rated brewery in Michigan. Leslie cannot speak to their beer, but the cheese sticks she had were very good. The sampler flight consisted of 6, 5 oz. beers, so since he would have had to drink it alone, Don had to choose just one beer to try. The sacrifices he has to make.