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.