Sleeping Bear in the Winter

Hello.  I’m finally back.  Sorry for being gone for so long.  Today I took a trip from Interlochen to Sleeping Bear Dunes.  I’ve been there in the spring, summer, and fall, but not really much in the winter.

However, before I even got out if Interlochen, I crossed the Betsie River that flows from Duck Lake into Green Lake.  I love the way the river meanders at this point.  

Betsie River Between Duck and Green Lakes
Betsie River Between Duck and Green Lakes

 

Betsie River Between Duck and Green Lakes
Betsie River Between Duck and Green Lakes

I stopped at the Sleeping Bear Visitor’s Center, asking about good options for cross country skiing.  I was told the Heritage Trail between the Dune Climb and Glen Arbor had recently been groomed.  I headed off toward Glen Haven, planning to make a shorter trek of it.   From inside the car, the blue skies were quite inviting.

Glen Haven
Glen Haven

However, the wind was very strong off the lake, making the 25 degree temperature feel much colder.  I decided not to venture out on the skis.  Instead, I decided to walk along the lake.  The waves were crashing on the shore, coating everything on shore, leaving ice.

Ice Formations
Ice Formations

 

Ice Formations
Ice Formations

 

Ice Formations
Ice Formations

 

Ice Formations
Ice Formations

 

Ice Formations
Ice Formations

On the way back to Empire, I stopped at the Day Farm to photograph the farmhouse and barns.  It looks different (wonderful) with snow on the ground.

Day Farmhouse
Day Farmhouse

I next stopped at the beach at Empire.  There was so much wind!

Beach at Empire
Beach at Empire

The wind drifted both snow and sand.

Beach at Empire
Beach at Empire

I wanted to see the view from Empire Bluffs Trail.  The trail is well used, even in the winter.  It is too steep to ski, but no show shoes were needed.  Getting to this overlook was pretty simple, but the steep hills beyond that were more than I wanted to try with the snow.

View from Empire Bluffs Trail
View from Empire Bluffs Trail

I ventured down to the Esch Rd. Beach.  There were 5 other cars down there, so I wasn’t alone.  There were still plenty of parking spaces, unlike during the summer.

Esch Rd. Beach
Esch Rd. Beach

Just adjacent to the beach is a small bridge across Otter Creek, another small creek that flows into Lake Michigan.

Otter Creek
Otter Creek

It was a great day to be out, other than the wind.

Mark

8 thoughts on “Sleeping Bear in the Winter

    1. We were up this last weekend, but didn’t make it over to the lake. Did some cross country skiing and the snow was great, fluffy and deep. We got about 10″ while we were there. Pictures coming soon.

  1. I especially like the Day Farmhouse. It has been a long time since I was in such wintery weather. We have not had any significant snow at the cabin yet this year, but possibly this weekend. Not sure when we will get up there though. Stay safe on those icy/snowy roads.

    1. Thanks, Karen. Yes, the Day Farm is one my favorite places to photograph. I didn’t spend much time out there yesterday because of the wind. Although the temps were in the upper 20s, the wind would almost knock you over and pelt you with sand. I was dressed for it with only the bridge of my nose uncovered, but even that was uncomfortable.

  2. Very beautiful pictures Mark.Thank you for sharing them.I know I’ll never be there to experience the beauty of this beautiful place.

  3. Great photos Mark. I’ve only been up North
    once in winter, so it is nice ro see what it looks like.
    We are in Maui right now enjoying the warm weather.

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