Weekly Photo Challenge: Between


This is a restored lighthouse on South Manitou Island, part of the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. Best husband took this photo from the top of the dune climb near Glen Arbor, Michigan. From there, the lighthouse is at least ten miles out.  The lighthouse lies between the Lake Michigan shoreline, which is not visible in the photo, and the bulk of South Manitou Island, as well as between South and North Manitou Islands. The island is only accessible by boat. Since we weren’t planning on doing any boating on that trip, this was the closest we could get to one of the most picturesque lighthouses in Michigan.

The Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore is a great place to visit, with 35 miles of brown-sugar sand Lake Michigan shoreline, hiking trails, a scenic drive, a maritime museum, and many great beaches, all bordered by beautiful countryside and quaint small towns. My family and I have spent many summers vacationing in this area, and never grow tired of it. From biking around Crystal Lake, to canoeing the Platte River, to climbing to the top of Empire Bluff, there is always something fun and active to do in one of the most beautiful parts of Michigan.

© Huffygirl 2011


20 thoughts on “Weekly Photo Challenge: Between

  1. That’s a really nice photo… especially since the lighthouse is over 10 miles away. Great entry for the challenge too! Sleeping Bear Dunes sounds like a gorgeous place to visit.

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  3. In the years we lived in Michigan, we never made it to Sleeping Bear Dunes, sadly enough. We will have to make a vaction of it now! Enjoyed reading a bit about it. Aren’t you lucky to live so close! 🙂

    • Thanks Cecelia, I am lucky. The downside is when we travel elsewhere, we’re always comparing the beaches we find to our Lake Michigan beaches, and often find them lacking. I hope you get there some day.

    • Great Winsome! I think you’ll like it, especially if you like doing outdoorsy vacations. But there is plenty of shopping and wine tasting near there too if you want indoor activities.

    • I am with you. I am always drawn to lighthouses, and probably have more photos of them than I care to admit. I think part of it is the idea of a remote beacon, always there, always ready to guide us safely in. And the lighthouse keeper, now no longer used in most places, allegorically represents the one who watches over us.

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