Jim and Sandi's Big Adventure travel blog

Tunnel State Park

Tunnel State Park

Rosy Mound Nature Center

Rosy Mound Nature Center

Rosy Mound Nature Center

Rosy Mound Nature Center

Lighthouse

Lighthouse

Lighthouse

Pier walk

Dune for off road vehicles

A little friend


Our day had a lot of variety. We started with a stroll through Tunnel Park. The tunnel is a passageway through a sand dune to the beach. There is also an observation point on top of the sand dune. We admired Lake Michigan from both viewpoints. We were driving on a country road along the lake on our way north and we spotted a sign for Rosy Mound Nature Center. Not having any idea what a Rosy Mound was, we went to investigate. We found a trail, no length indicated, and set off. The trail wound through the tree-covered dunes, into large stands of majestic pines, up and down stairs, and then down a lot of stairs to the beach. While we were sitting at the beach watching the surf on such a beautiful day (and catching our breath), a man approached us and asked us if we were the people from Nebraska. When we said yes, he introduced himself to us as Larry Staab, formerly from Pawnee City, Nebraska. He lives in Grand Haven, Michigan now but goes back deer hunting every year in Nebraska. We talked with him for quite a while and he gave us some tips on places to see while in Michigan. After he left us, we continued on the trail to finally see Rosy Mound - a large sand dune. By the time we returned to our car, we had walked up and down a total of 912 stair steps. Per Larry's recommendation, we then went to Snug Harbor Restaurant in Grand Haven for lunch and watched ships come through the canal as we ate. Then we walked along the pier to the lighthouse. There is no shortage of lighthouses in Michigan. Next we tracked down Cherry Point Market. The cherry turnovers and cherry strudel were just as amazingly delicious as Larry had promised. Furthermore, the road he had recommended, County Road H15, was beautiful. It took us to Silver Lake, home of a major Off Road Vehicle playground. Massive and very soft dunes are laid out with lots of trails and challenges for the ORT crowd. It was deserted, however, as we clambered over the ridges. Our last side trip for the evening was a walk along a pier again in Pentwater, Michigan, for a different look at Lake Michigan. This time we met a man who wanted to know if we were personal friends of Warren Buffet. Of course, we assured him that we were!

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