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Dune climb, Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, Empire, MI

It’s a good thing to have all the props pulled out from under us occasionally. It gives us some sense of what is rock under our feet, and what is sand. ~ Madeleine L’Engle

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  1. One of my favorite authors! I am still amazed that there are such huge sand dunes in Michigan, so far from any present-day ocean. The earth holds many secret past lives.

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  2. An abundance of sand, consistent wind, and good vegetation to hold it altogether. It’s an amazing place. The Native American legend about how the dunes were formed is kind of sad. A mother bear was swimming across Lake Michigan with her two cubs to escape a fire in Wisconsin. She made it to shore and lay down on a high dune to wait for her cubs, but the two cubs drown not far from shore (forming North and South Manitou Islands). Mother bear refused to give up hope and fell asleep on the dune, where winds have buried her in sand and where she supposedly still waits to this day. One of the last few pictures I took of my mom with my daughter was there at the top of the dune, so I have a deep (maybe some would say strange) connection to that mother bear. 🙂

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