We visited Sleeping Bear Dunes National Shoreline today. We drove the Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive with twelve stops and awesome views. The Sleeping Bear Dune is the large dune along the edge of the bluff. It hardly looks like a bear now, for it has been changing rapidly in recent years. At the turn of the century, it was a round knob completely covered with trees and shrubs. You can still see some of the thick vegetation that gave it a dark shaggy appearance. The Chippewa Indians used the Bear as a landmark and told a story to explain its origin:
“Long ago, along the Wisconsin shoreline, a mother bear and her two cubs were driven into Lake Michigan by a raging forest fire. The bears swam for many hours, but eventually the cubs tried and lagged behind. Mother bear reached the shore and climbed to the top of a high bluff to watch and wait for her cubs. Too tired to continue, the cubs drowned within sight of the shore. The Great Spirit Manitou created two islands to mark the spot where the cubs disappeared and then created a solitary dune to represent the faithful mother bear”.
We also stopped at a unique restaurant and met a very nice couple. They own the restaurant and make a lot of homemade sauces and herbed butters etc. Jerry always has a bottle of his hot sauce in the car, he let them taste his too. :-) We enjoyed wonderful Mahi Mahi fish tacos there too.
I am adding a lot of pictures and hope you enjoy them. It was another fantastic day in Michigan, check back later for more.