2015-2016 Solomons, Maryland to Seattle, Washington (round trip) travel blog

Entrance to Camp Grayling

Visitors Center - Sleping Bears Dunes

Looking down the dune into Lake Michigan

Watching the people climbing up/down the dune

Ted at the top of the dune

Panoramic shot of Lake Margrethe at Camp Grayling

Lyle Gun used to fire a rescue line to a foundering ship

We had not intended to stay in Grayling. I was hoping to get into a state park on Lake Michigan. However, I called too late to get anywhere in the area we were headed - hence Camp Grayling! Camp Grayling is the largest National Guard training camp in the U.S. It is huge. Grayling offers excellent fly fishing, kayaking, snowmobiling and cross country skiing. A "grayling" is actually a native fish though they are not found locally anymore.

The last time we were in Michigan was when we were on the boat, coming down Lake Michigan. From the water, we could see Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. We were amazed at the size of the sand dunes along a lake! Campsites were not available here either as they are repaving the roads.

A 7 mile scenic drive takes you along a number of the most scenic sites and close to the Dunes. One dune looked like it had a 60 degree slope. There was a sign warning visitors from going down as it can take 2 hours to get back up. We saw lots of people on all fours as they were coming back up. The sand is loose and deep. We weren't prepared to do this today.

A maritime museum houses the old US Life-Saving Station - precursor to today's US Coast Guard station. Authentically furnished with life saving boats and a Lyle Gun. The Lyle Gun was used to fire a rescue line from shore more than 400 yards to a ship in distress to retrieve crew stranded on the ship. They actually do a live firing of the gun on Thursdays.

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