Monday, August 25, 2008

Day 4 Cental Michigan Trip...Nature Center, Another Walk and Sunset

Day 4, again we took our lazy sweet time getting moving this morning, but after we were up and at'em we decided to visit the Nature Center and take a hike on one of the trails.

This is the Nature Center. They displayed the animals, bugs, plants, and especially the birds that are found in the Dunes State Park. They had a water area and group of bird feeders set up outside a glass wall where people could watch the numerous birds feed and drink.

After leaving the Nature Center Cindy belittled me and beat me with a stick until I agreed to go for a hike on one of the trails. Just kidding, but she did have to do some persuading.

We opted for trail 9 as it was the one that gave the most typical landscapes of the area. We strolled through forest areas similar to those in other parts of the midwest except the ground was sandy and gray rather than the typical black/brown of the midwest.

We traversed small hills up and down and finally mostly up until the forest gave way to the naked dunes and the beach below.

Ditka doing his Rin Tin Tin impersonation. For those too young, Rin Tin Tin was a hero dog on TV back before there was color TV.

This picture was taken just before the dogs pulled me down the sand dune to the beach.

Rather than continue on the trail we decided that the beach was more inviting than climbing up another dune.

After returning to the RV for dinner and a little rest we returned to the beach for the sunset.

Chicago skyline, 40 miles away.

Pretty, windblown Cindy at sunset!

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