Thursday, July 26, 2007
Exploring the coast
The rain let up Tuesday just in time for us to travel to a small town just east of Ludington (Scottville) for the regular summertime evening concert in the park. The town government and, local businesses sponsor this event and it attracts a good crowd of nearby residents. This time it was the Salt City Dixie Jazz band. They put on a good show and played a lot of the “big band” era songs. It was a relaxing small town experience.
The Dunes State Park is located just north of Ludington and contains miles of beach along the shores of Lake Michigan and, of course, lots of dunes. It also has a number of biking and hiking trails. We first biked to the Big Sable Point lighthouse located within the park. This lighthouse marks the northern end of an area of the western shore of Lake Michigan that is locally known as a “grave yard of ships”. This area reportedly has claimed 47 vessels. The climb to the top of the lighthouse was hot but the view and breeze once there was worth the effort. We then biked to the other end of the park that had a beach on a bay off the lake with included islands and numerous places for boats to enjoy the park.
Today we visited Pentwater, Mi, which is a small town just south of Ludington. It is also located on the lake. It had the surprising feel of a little bit of Key West with the outdoor eating places and festive atmosphere and the waterfront towns in New England with the neat little houses along town streets and the fresh air of the nearby water with marinas and boats hanging on mooring buoys. They also had a great kite and flag store, where we added a flag and stunt kite to the motorhome inventory.