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Old 09-02-2011, 04:46 PM   #1
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Hello from the Sleeping Bear!

Hello all!
My wife & I started as tent campers shortly after we married & tent camped through those tough diaper, then elementary, then adolescent years until we were in our 40's & our kids were grown. We tried the smallest pop-up known to man & were hooked...we will never sleep on the ground again!!!

We progressively moved up to out current 26'9" (30' overall) Keystone Outback which we love. I am a blind canoing fool that is also an accountant. My wife is the hiking bird watcher who also teaches third graders. We have two grandkids that remind us why a camper is a must for those diaper years.

One thing common to our 3.5 decades of camping is that it's almost entirely been spent at the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore outside Frankfort, Michigan. It was just voted the most beautiful place in America by Good Morning America. Everytime we try another park, public or private, we are drawn back to the Sleeping Bear.

Looking forward to meeting you all!
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Hi, Jim and Sharon

I'd sure love to see some pictures of such a beautiful-sounding place...

And welcome to the forums, too!

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Welcome Jim & Sharon,
That sounds like a wonderful spot. When it's snowed in, come see us.
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Old 09-02-2011, 06:35 PM   #4
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Hi Jim and Sharon...we were just to the Sleeping Bear Dunes 2 weeks ago. It certainly is beautiful there. In fact the day we went we found out it was voted most beautiful place. We did not camp there, as we were in Traverse Bay.
We had alot of fun watching everyone getting down the dunes real fast then struggling to climb back up. They were huge!
We had never hear about it before this trip and now it is "well known!"
We certainly live in a beautiful country.
Happy safe travels.
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Welcome, Hopefully we'll get back to that part of the country sometime.
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Jim & Sharon!

We visited Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore in June. It is truely a very beautiful place. I walked the smaller dunes above the parking lot (left photo) - I was too chicken to try the "Big One" (right photo). We stayed at Indigo Bluffs in nearby Empire. Also stocked up on "supplies" at Cherry Republic...yum!

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Hi Jim & Sharon! Glad you joined us! The campground sounds fantastic!
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Jim & Sharon!

We visited Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore in June. It is truely a very beautiful place. I walked the smaller dunes above the parking lot (left photo) - I was too chicken to try the "Big One" (right photo). We stayed at Indigo Bluffs in nearby Empire. Also stocked up on "supplies" at Cherry Republic...yum!

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One of the greatest experiences the dunes have to offer is their beaches. If you wander 10-15 minutes from any of the 5-6 places to access the beaches, you are alone. Once you climbed the dune climb as you shared, the hills become much more tame. After 30 minutes, you arrive at the Lake Michigan shore. Instead of returning, you turn to the north to wander 3-4 miles of beach totally alone. You end up going around the Sleeping Bear Point where the coast guard museum & cannery (hence the name cannery) just a short distance from where you started,
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