Posted on Thu, 04-Aug-2016Fri, 23-Sep-2016 by pamLake Michigan in the Lower Peninsula Manistee National Forest coastline Summer doesn’t get much better than this! Relaxing until sunset – well worth the wait! We found a quiet cool dispersed site in the woods – stayed for 4 nights. The solar panels struggled to keep the battery charged but we slept so well. Nice to have a break from the heat. Nordic Dunes Wilderness – we enjoyed a day hike along the shore. And hung out for another gorgeous sunset! Michigan Recreation Area beach. Dunes protect all the shoreline. Can’t get tired of this! Manistee Light House where we hung out for lunch – along with many others. This is a nice looking sunset but looks like the sun won’t melt into the lake. Ohhh – looks like we might have some delayed color… This is an “end of the world” sky! Unbelievable! A viewpoint of the coast – an easy hike just up some stairs! Another lighthouse. Do I look like I am captain of the ship? My grandfather was a cook on the freighters….not sure I could get used to that lifestyle. A life saving demonstration where Raggedy Ann got saved first while Andy clung on a bit longer. All the helpers pulled them to shore – good fun. Another sunset at Sleeping Bear Sand Dune area – our final on Lake Michigan. People had bonfires on the beach and I remember doing that as a kid. I would be cold and dripping wet from swimming while roasting a hot dog. We also did the dune climb every summer – before it was a National Lake Shore Lunch at the Mighty Mac bridge watching the Edmund Fitzgerald go underneath.