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Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

Wish I was back in Sleeping Bear Dunes to escape the heat

Earlier this year in late May, I enjoyed a couple of days hiking the trails of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. The Platte Plains Trail ended up on this secluded beach. After a three mile walk through swampy lowlands walking fast to escape the mosquitoes, it was a pleasure to find this refreshing stop along Lake Michigan. The only problem was the water was absolutely freezing. I stuck my head under water for two seconds and it felt like I was getting punched.

It takes awhile for the Great Lakes to warm up, so later in the summer is a better time for swimming in the various dunes parks around Lake Michigan. During the recent Chicago heat wave, I wish I was back. By now the water has warmed up to a more acceptable level for swimming and the park is gorgeous.


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