Hi all! Two weeks ago, Lauren and I headed off to escape the crowds of Memorial Day weekend by hiking and camping on the remote North Manitou Island in Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. It is a beautiful place that we both highly recommend. Even if you decide that the island is not for you, the Lakeshore offers tons of great hiking, camping, and other recreational opportunities. Below are some pictures from our trip! Enjoy. -Mark
On the trail.
The ferocious chipmunks of Manitou Island.
Lauren suited up.
Old cemetery on the South end of the island.
Mark reading :)
Searching for a place to set up camp.
We’re filtering water from Lake Michigan with a system designed on gravity instead of pumping. Saves some energy.
I had to go in the COLD waters to fill those bags. So, here are my pants drying. – Lauren
Beautiful backcountry campsite near Fredrickson’s place.
Evasive Canadian Warblers near our tent.
Old Baldy dune.
The seagull who thought it was one of the Merganser ducks. South Manitou island seen in the background.
Sunset on the west side of the island.
Green Trillium flowers in the woods.
Walking through an old orchard
Barn Swallow in the Ranger’s station. He built a nest there and was very upset that people came in and out of the building.
Beautiful old dock on the shore of the village.
The boat heading to South Manitou island from Leland, MI.
View from Empire bluff on the mainland.
Had to make a stop on the mainland to Gwen Frostic’s studio, as Lauren does woodblock printing!