Sunday, July 12, 2009

Playing Tourist

Today we went HERE. You'd probably be surprised to learn that the world's largest moving sand dune is here in Michigan. That first picture in the slideshow is of the main dune climb. Those dots are people. We did it. You can't get the scope from the pictures but the climb is so steep that on the way down you can't see the bottom and have the sensation that you might be running off the edge of a cliff. You pick up so much speed on the way down that people actually lose control of their limbs and end up taking a face plant or two. Kid lost control about 5 times but she didn't let it stop her... she just dusted off and started back down. Baby refused to walk on the sand (an added workout for Mr F on the way up) and I risked my life holding her while running down. I nearly broke my ankle.


Mr F has pictures to come ...

5 comments:

katieo said...

We LOVE the dunes! (last time we went I recall my boys throwing themselves down with reckless abandon. good times)And it is a SUPER hard workout!!

Oy. I've got serious "up north" envy. :)

inkelywinkely said...

LOL. I have been snake hunting in sweltering heat if that counts for a workout. :)

Smitty said...

One of the many books Mitty Jr has is The Legend of Sleeping Bear. It is at once a sad but beautiful story about devotion and undying love. Gijsbert Van Frankenhuyzen is the artist; he's a local mid-Michigan guy who did all the oils for this and other similar "Michigan Legend" books. This book is a great story, and many of the illustrations are lovely. In fact, I have a signed print of the illustration in the book of the mother bear waiting in the winter, covered in snow, that is particularly beautiful. It hangs in our living room.

Anyway...Michigan book, Michigan author, Michigan illustrator, about the legend behind a Michigan icon.

Smitty said...

Mitty Jr = Smitty Jr. Bad typer today.

Mrs Furious said...

Smitty,
I just read that to the girls at the bookstore. I cried.

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