Having lived near the Gulf Coast most of my life, I’ve seen dunes. But nothing quite like these, some almost 500 feet high.
This lakeshore was created in a long unfolding geological drama starring ice, wind, and water. And it all lies in, on, and around Lake Michigan (a drama queen in her own right).
After poking around the Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive, I was eager to take to a trail. But I was in an odd hiking mood. I just wanted something different. And that didn’t include fighting gravity or weekend crowds on the popular Dune Hike.
I opted for the Bay View Trail.
It’s a hilly trail through a bit of forest at first, but then mostly along open farm fields. Perfect!
It would have been an easy hike except for the almost complete lack of signage. I was glad I talked myself into bringing the compass (which always feels silly on a loop hike). But it wasn’t just me that felt lost every few minutes. Due to the poor signage throughout the entire park, everyone else I encountered on this pretty sunny autumn Saturday was equally disoriented. Why is that so strangely comforting?
Still, it was pretty freaking wonderful to be tromping about. The terrain and structures brought back many cherished childhood memories of family homes in North Alabama.