spent a couple days hiking South Manitou Island in Sleeping Bear NP way up in the northern reaches of lake michigan.
interior was mostly beech-maple. A bit too touristy around the dock (at the ranger station) and only a few arrivals seemed to be doing much actual hiking
the island was inhabited in the 19th century into the early 20th but once ships transitioned to coal rather than timber for fuel, there was really no money to be made and it was abandoned. So it was cool/spooky to come across old time village buildings
View from our campsite at the northern coast. That’s N Manitou island with clouds burning off. We got to watch the thunderstorm pass at a safe distance. Weather was great but somewhat windy as that system passed by
went down the beach and spent most of the afternoon relaxing. I tried to stand on a large rock in the shallows to help reach less sandy water to fill up our supply but I slipped and fell in. It’s ok I meant to do that
We hiked to the western side of the island the next day. View of a freighter moving through the passage, the mainland portion of Sleeping Bear is in the background
old shipwreck off the coast. Real Gordon Lightfoot shit
the lighthouse on the S end of the island was open so we were able to climb to the top. That’s the harbor with the dock visible.
then we took the ferry back to the mainland with the daytrippers. It was fun! I love the North Country