I live near Lake Erie in Ohio, so Lake Michigan must be similar right? I couldn't have been more wrong (and surprised) My family and I stayed near the upper west coast of Michigan about 15 mins away from Sleeping Bear Dunes Lakeshore. Within 20 mins of our cottage, you could find rural farm lands, lush green forests, velvety beaches, mammoth sand dunes, and water that looks like it belongs in the tropics.

One of the days we went to the beach on Lake Michigan, and a thick fog rolled in. It was the weirdest conditions I have ever experienced, a thick fog, 80 degrees hot and sunny. A beautiful day at the beach but with fog! The fog hung around from 10am to 2pm, it was a unique experience and a feast for my eyes (and camera) The waters of Lake Michigan were so crystal clear it blew my mind. You could see down to the bottom anywhere while swimming in the lake. If you look closely in some of the beach pictures you'll see where green water meets blue water...the Platte River (green) emptied into Lake Michigan (blue) right where we were. I stood with my right foot in the Platte River, and my left foot in Lake Michigan, there was a distinct line of demarcation!

We checked out two areas with massive sand dunes, one was Sleeping Bear Dunes and the other was Silver Lake Dunes. The Sleeping Bear dunes rise as high as 460 feet above the lake and extend 7 miles. We went to the top and caught a gorgeous sunset. The locals were not kidding about the beauty of the sunsets in Michigan. Silver Lake Dunes on the other hand was even more impressive than Sleeping Bear. Bordering both Lake Michigan and Silver Lake, the remarkable dunes consist of nearly 2,000 acres of rolling sand hills that are 1.5 miles wide and 3 miles long. We took a tour with Mac Woods dune rides. Afterwards we went off on foot exploring the dunes. It felt like I was in the Sahara Desert. Whats interesting (and kind of crazy) is the dunes are advancing inland by a few inches every year. Eventually Silver Lake and the surrounding properties will be swallowed by the sand! I highly recommend checking out Silver Lake dunes.