By chuck dildine
November 25, 2012
my youngest daughter and i decided to catch the sunset on "sleeping bear sand dunes national lakeshore" this past july. we drove the scenic road to the top of the dunes on the lake side expecting to relax and experience the beautiful sunset that are usually magnificent. as we parked and proceded to hike up to the promontory dune facing Lake Michigan we were confronted with 64 mph winds coming off the lake. even though it was partially sunny the intensity of the winds literally pelted our skin with airborne sand grains-making the experience very challenging. fortunately the lookout platform hovering over the 400' drop to the lake level below removed us from the pelting sand. it was here that i was able to get some great photos of the experience. it ended up to be a very memorable experience of one of Michigan's natural wonders.