"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you
didn't do, than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away
from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails.

Explore. Dream. Discover."

-Mark Twain

Monday, August 31, 2009

Sleeping Bear Dunes/ Frankfort MI

The first pictures are of a very large swan that was hanging around our boat, he did not mind his picture being taken at all. Next are some pictures of sleeping bear dunes, and a little background info on them. They are located along the lake shore of Michigan's lower peninsula. Named after the Chippewa legend of the sleeping bear says there was an enormous forest fire on the western shore of lake Michigan that drove a mother bear and her two cubs into the lake for shelter. After many miles of swimming the cubs lagged behind and eventually drowned from exhaustion. When the mother bear reached shore she waited on top of a high bluff in hopes that her cubs would appear. The winds buried the sleeping bear under the sands of the dunes where she waits to this day. Impressed by the mother bear's determination and faith, the "great spirit" created two islands (North & South Manitou) to commemorate the cubs.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...


What a beautiful story about the bears. And the pix of the swan is great. I love swans but I know they can be testy. There is a huge home near where I live with a lake and for many years they had white and black swans. I guess they got rid of they or they died. Glad you are having a good time. Your pix are great.

Luv Ya, Sheron