Sunday morning we woke up to a gloriously sunny day again but with LESS WIND! So after a great breakfast in town, we went back out to the lighthouse to see if we could walk out the pier without getting wet or washed into Lake Michigan. And we could! It was a bit wet and slimy-slippery in spots but our feet stayed dry. It's a surprisingly long walk- from the nearby parking area, it was a mile round trip!
Tuesday, October 20, 2020
Monday, October 19, 2020
The Manistee National Forest is between Manistee and Ludington and the Nordhouse Dunes Wilderness Area was on our radar for some good hiking. The trails went out to Lake Michigan and past little Nordhouse Lake.
Some of the trails were well-groomed and quite wide and others were narrow and lined with moss like this one.
As usual, we volunteered to take pics for other couples so we could get some of us together too! That's a little sliver of Lake Michigan in the background!
There were beautiful views around every turn.
And some trails were through the sand dunes along Lake Michigan. There were lots of people camping just under the trees - it was a perfect fall weekend! Temps were about 60 degrees with beautiful sun!
Just Pure Michigan perfection!!
Some of the dunes were a ways in from the water - that surprised me. I didn't know we had so many that were that far inland!
You just can't get tired of these views!!
There were a ton of evergreens in the wilderness area so we didn't actually see all that much color but it was still breathtakingly beautiful!
Another barely marked ridge trail!
Along the beach in Ludington - just so beautiful! The waves were intense though. It was super windy.
By this point, let's just say our feet were getting a little tired from walking in so much sand...Garry got blisters!
Saturday, October 17, 2020
I've lived in Michigan my whole life. So has Garry. Neither of us has ever done a formal "fall color tour" up north. Until last weekend!! We left at noon on a Friday and made some good tracks and saw some amazing color on our tour.
First stop was in Clare at the headquarter store for "Cops & Donuts" for an afternoon apple fritter! After our snack, we walked around the block to the post office and on the way back, discovered this beautiful alley!!
We were walking to the restaurant for dinner and spotted this building with my name on it!! As far as I know, we don't have any close relatives in Manistee...
After dinner, we walked down to the Manistee Riverwalk. It's a boardwalk that runs about 1.5 miles out to Lake Michigan and is mostly lighted. It was dark when we walked it but this pic is from the next morning when we sat a bit on a bench sipping our coffee and eating some muffins we bought at Cops and Donuts the day before!
Friday, October 16, 2020
Our last full day we spent traveling a good distance of the Blue Ridge Parkway heading east from Asheville. The day looked quite promising with nice temps and just some puffy clouds and a decent forecast. We were pumped to do lots of scenic overlooks and some easy hikes.