S: MICHIGAN AUGUST 2012
FC: "The Mighty Mac"
1: SLEEPING BEAR DUNES
3: COVERED BRIDGE along the Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive
4: LAKE MICHIGAN OVERLOOK 450 feet above Lake Michigan It is the largest lake completely within the United States and is the 4th largest fresh-water lake in the world
6: SLEEPING BEAR DUNES "DUNE CLIMB"
7: The "Dune Climb" is 3.5 miles over several descending dunes before you reach Lake Michigan... note I still had a mile to go to the Lake | LAKE MICHIGAN
8: GLEN LAKE
9: DUNE CLIMB | GLEN LAKE | DUNE CLIMB
10: OLD BASSWOOD TREE Exposed roots indicate the ongoing contest between plants and shifting sand.
11: THE PINE PLANTATION You can estimate the age of the trees by counting the "whorls" of the branches.
12: GLEN LAKE
13: GLEN LAKE
14: DUNE OVERLOOK Sleeping Bear Dunes cover an area of 4 sq miles. Here we are at the eastern edge of the sand dunes, standing on top of one of the tallest dunes, about 200 feet high.
15: COTTONWOOD TRAIL 1.5 mile on the dunes
16: LEWIS WHITE BARN | LEWIS BARN view from the Dune Climb
18: TRAVERSE CITY
23: LEFT FOOT CHARLEY Winery formally know as the Asylum's laundry area
26: MISSION PENINSULA WINERIES
27: The tasting room is a converted one room schoolhouse built in 1896. The Maple Grove School retains its original windows, floors, slate boars and bell
28: CHATEAU CHANTAL WINERY AND B&B
36: SUNSET AT CHATEAU CHANTAL
37: HOPS (Beer) VINE POLES | "Click"
38: VIEW OUT OUR B&B ROOM CHATEAU CHANTAL ON THE MISSION PENINSULA
39: NETTING TO PROTECT THE GRAPES FROM WIND AND BIRDS
42: BLACK STAR FARMS Unique agriculture venue
50: MICHIGAN M 119 "TUNNEL OF TREES" 27 MILE SCENIC ROUTE It follows the shore of Lake Michigan and the Little Traverse Bay
51: LUNCH AT "LEGS INN" (Cross Village) It's built on a high bluff overlooking Lake Michigan Authentic Polish Cuisine
52: MACKINAW ISLAND
53: SHEPLERS FERRY MACKINAW CITY TO MACKINAW ISLAND | What is the proper way to pronounce the word "Mackinac"? The French pronounced it "aw" but spelled it "ac". The British heard it pronounced "aw" so they spelled it that way. Whichever way it is spelled, it is always pronounced "aw".
54: THE GRAND HOTEL MACKINAW ISLAND | 125th Anniversary of the Grand Hotel 385 rooms... no two decorated alike 660 foot front porch 2,500 red germaniums
55: OUR JOHN DEERE SUITE | A ROOM WITH A VIEW
66: RETIRING OF 8 FLAGS EACH NIGHT
72: DOWNTOWN "LILAC TREE HOTEL"
73: ROUND ISLAND PASSAGE LIGHT (Mackinaw Island light) - 1948 | Old Round Island Point Lighthouse - 1895
77: BIKE RIDE AROUND MACKINAW ISLAND
80: MACKINAW BRIDGE IN THE BACKGROUND | LAKE HURON
81: Our ride over THE MACKINAW BRIDGE from MACKINAW CITY to ST IGNACE before heading home with the 2011 Diesel Jetta at 2,041 miles back in KCMO