4 Aug 2018
Our first stop on our tour of the western shore of Michigan was Point Betsie Light, which went into service in 1859 with a lifesaving station added to the site in 1875. The station is open for tours which includes the buildings remaining on the property. It is one of the most photographed lighthouses in the country.
The site also has a grave stone but no grave, which is explained by a nearby marker.
You can see a number of buildings in the same style just off the site. These were part of the lighthouse property during its operational period and have since been sold to private interests as homes and commercial properties.
Next stop was the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Seashore established by an act of Congress in 1970 to preserve its natural features including the dunes and glacial formations. There are also many other things to do within the boundaries of the lakeshore site. A national pass covers the entrance fee. The sand dunes are amazingly steep in places along the shore. Our visit was on a very windy day with some great views.