Fall Colors at Sleeping Bear National Lakeshore

I got up early on Saturday and headed north to the Sleeping Bear National Lakeshore in hopes that the fall colors were still at their peak. I was not disappointed, although a little sunshine would have been appreciated.

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A panorama looking towards Glen Lake from top of the Sleeping Bear Dune. 

Touring the Sleeping Bear Inn

I got a rare opportunity to tour the Sleeping Bear Inn in Glen Haven, Michigan. The Inn was built in 1857 by C. C. McCarthy, who owned a nearby lumber mill. In 1878, he sold the Inn to Philo Chamberlain, who operated a steamship line and purchased the lumber mill and other properties in Glen Haven. He appointed D.H. Day as his local agent. D.H, Day eventually bought out Chamberlain. For more information, see Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sleeping_Bear_Inn.

The Inn closed in 1973. It was subsequently used as a dormitory for the National Lakeshore, but today it is shuttered up. The Park Service is seeking proposals to restore the Inn.

Sleeping Bear Dunes

I got up at 4:00 a.m. yesterday and drove up to Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore for the day. The weather forecast called for intermittent rain showers and was spot on. In between showers I shot these photos. The place is beautiful even when the sun is not shining.