I gazed across Lake Michigan from my vantage point on top of a sand dune. The sun peeked over the trees just behind me, bathing the area with soft morning light.
I took a bite of my freezer bag oatmeal. It’s been long time since I’ve had breakfast on the trail. Just because I’m not doing any backpacking this summer doesn’t mean I have to forget all my hikertrash habits.
Although this oatmeal has fresh blueberries with it. Now that’s a treat I’d rarely get to have on an actual backpacking trip.
Warren Dunes Loop Trail
Daniel and I had a big day of driving ahead but I wanted a get in a hike before we hit the road. So I got up early this morning.
Warren Dunes State Park is home to over 6 miles of trails. The trails are accessible from the campground’s lower loop so I headed there to begin my hike.
After crossing over a sluggish creek, I headed north. This was not the shortest path to the beach but I didn’t mind. I wanted to explore more of the woods before heading inland.
The trail continued through the forest for about a mile before heading up some sand dunes. Once the path broke out of the trees, I stopped for breakfast on a ridge overlooking the lake. It was my first trail breakfast in a long time.
After finishing my oatmeal, I continued west until I hit the coast line. I could see all the way to the day use area from this vantage point.
Walking along the beach looked like a pleasant way to spend the morning. So, I ditched the trail system and ambled among the shoreline for the next mile.
Eventually, I reconnected with the Mt. Randall Trail which headed back to the campground.
Fall Foliage Preview
An hour and a half later, Daniel and I were back on the road. We were on a mission to see fall foliage in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. It was a 7-hour drive but we weren’t in a particular hurry. So we broke up the drive over 2 days.
For folks that aren’t familiar with the great state of Michigan, it is divided into two sections. The bottom section is affectionately referred to the mitten because, well, it looks like a mitten. It is separated from the Upper Peninsula (U. P.) section by the Mackinac Bridge.
Today we drove from Warren Dunes State Park in the very southwestern corner of the state to Higgins Lake. Continuing the mitten analogy, the lake is located about where the middle joint of the mitten’s middle finger would be.
As we drove north, the fall foliage became noticeably more colorful. I couldn’t wait see what the trees looked like once we made it all the way to the U. P.
It was my turn to drive today so I didn’t get to take many photos. The only photos that I took from our drive today were from a rest stop along Highway 131.
Where am I now?
Date: September 25, 2020
Great American Road Trip Status: Day 82
Starting Location: Warren Dunes State Park, MI
Ending Location: Higgins Lake KOA, MI
Miles Traveled: 240
Total Trip Mileage: 5144.1
For more details on our Great America (Socially Distanced) Road Trip, see my previous posts: