"You got to be careful if you don't know where you are going, because you might not get there." ... Yogi Berra
Sunday, September 30, 2012
No bicycling today. We checked out of The Bay Inn relatively early, loaded up the bikes and gear, and drove to Charlevoix for lattes at the best latte place Vickie has found. It is the same spot we stopped when we rode our bikes here and Vickie has not found a latte that compares to the one she had here. Is it the Wooly Bugger brand of coffee, the kind of milk they use, or the skill of the barista? Surprisingly we found that they served breakfast as well, so ate here before driving to Sleeping Bear Dunes.
Entering via the 7 mile drive
Scenes on then drive in
Hold up your left hand with the back of it facing you and pretend it is a mitten. The thumb should be a little away from the rest of your hand. This is basically the state of Michigan (with the Upper Peninsula hanging above out of sight). Bay City is in the crook formed by your thumb and forefinger. Go about half an inch in toward the middle of the back of your hand -- that is where Midland is. Now go up to your baby finger which floats ever so slightly away from your ring finger. Inside that space, go up your ring finger to the first knuckle (near your fingernail) -- you are now in Charlevoix. You drive down the ring finger to the bottom and turn west to cross onto the baby finger. When you get to the outside of the baby finger, there is Lake Michigan, and is where Sleeping Bear Dunes are. So you see -- we are experiencing a lot of northern Michigan.
We climbed a little and played in the dunes for a while, feeling the sand between our toes, the wind in our hair and the sun on our face. After all that healthy stuff we were ready for lunch in the nearby village of Glen Arbor. Then we set off for a few hours drive home, with -- you guessed it -- a latte/tea and crumpet stop along the way.
The dune climb
Gerry is kicking' up her heels
The just right sun angle brought the vibrant fall colors to their peak for us to enjoy on the drive home. This beauty lined the roads most of the way and each corner seemed to bring more color. Beautiful.