NorthWest Michigan Wanderings…2016

For anyone who loves water, Michigan is an awesome destination.  As the joke goes, 4 out of 5 Great Lakes prefer Michigan and I must say as a lover of water… I too prefer Michigan!  I have been coming to “Mitten State” since I was born, to visit family and spend Summers at the Family Cottage.  I have nothing but great memories of my time spent in Michigan, from when I was a young boy building tree forts in the woods with my brothers to my days as a college student at Michigan State.  I’m thankful that my mother has kept the Cottage all these years and our family continues to enjoy the awesomeness of vacations at the cottage on the lake!  This past Summer, I spent a few days on the beautifully-picturesque Leelanau Peninsula.  Probably best known for being home to the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Park.  From the Park the views of Lake Michigan are amazing!  Remember to bring your camera and get some sand in your shoes as you climb a dune or two!  Take a few extra days and visit some of the quaint little fishing villages like Glen Haven, Glen Arbor, Leland and North Port.  There are numerous campgrounds and plenty of great restaurants throughout the Peninsula.  Don’t forget your swimsuit… remember the Great Lakes have been shark-free and salt-free for millions of years!

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Above, in Glen Haven don’t be surprised if you are the only one on the beach for miles in either direction!

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Above, the Leelanau Peninsula offers beautiful land as well as lake views!

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Below, the Lake Michigan water really is this blue!  No mods were made to this picture!

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I am an adventure-loving American man, with a severe case of wander-lust and a desire to experience as much of this wonderful world as humanly possible. Every place I have visited or lived has taught me something about life and helped me grow. For me, traveling opens my eyes to how similar the human race is, yet at the same time, how unique we all are. I hope this blog will motivate you to put down the TV remote, dust off your backpack and decide to take a chance on an adventure. It can be a walk in a new neighborhood 2 miles from home or a trip to a far off distant land. I have lived in or visited over 50 countries during my life and hope to see many more. I want to share my experiences. I hope you enjoy the blog. -WAND3R3R, Somewhere on the Globe, 2014.