Traverse City outdoorsman Mike Norton is glad that the rest of the country considers the Sleeping Bear Dunes the “Most Beautiful Place in America” – but he thinks they’d love it even more if they came in the autumn, or even in winter.
Up here in Traverse City, we like to tell people that we weren’t surprised when more than 100,000 viewers of “Good Morning America” voted for the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore as the Most Beautiful Place in America.
“Of course,” we say. “We knew it all the time.”
But the truth is, we were surprised. It’s not that we don’t love Sleeping Bear ourselves – we really do – but it came as a shock that so many other people love it just as passionately, even though most of them don’t know it the way we do.
Travel counselor Bonnie Fink takes us along with her family on their summer getaway – a camping trip in Northern Michigan.
My husband, Mike, our two sons, Paul and Stanley, Paul’s friend Kenny and myself are going camping to Wilderness State Park.
We arrive just after 1:00 pm in Mackinaw City. It is a beautiful, hot, sunny day. No sweatshirt required. We grab a picnic table by the lake for lunch. I can’t wait to spot that freighter out on the Great Lakes, but there are none, only sailboats and ferries. We eat lunch and take a walk down by the lake. Still no freighter. We pack up and head out to the campground.