A wildflower in the spring is an announcement of the approaching summer…
Saturday evening, I took Diana for a ride through Wild Cherry Resort on the golf cart, as she had not seen the outer reaches of the property. Towards the back of the golf driving range, we discovered a sea of wildflowers blooming.
Afterwards, we drove down into the lower woods and checked out the tent sites and the yurt. Along the way, we spied more flowers.
I am fairly certain that this is Bloodroot that has not fully opened.
We headed back up to the office to drop off the cart. We have to be careful pulling into the cart storage, as a robin has found a nice place to build her nest.
On Sunday, Diana and I took a drive down the Lake Michigan shore to the town of Empire. That is where the visitor’s center is for Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. We were in need of our annual All-Access Pass, which gets the two of us into any national park for the next year. At $80, we feel it is an amazing bargain. After securing our pass, we headed back up the shore to our destination for the day: Pyramid Point. This particular dune forms the western arm of Good Harbor Bay.
While we were there, the Philip R. Clarke steamed by. This ship is a sister and fleetmate to the Arthur M. Anderson, which was the ship that was following the Edmund Fitzgerald when it sank in Lake Superior. Both ships are 767 feet long and can haul 25,300 pounds of cargo. We are able to follow ship passages on the Great Lakes Seaway and Shipping website, making vessel identification a breeze.
This area also is home to many shipwrecks, and there are several lighthouses that aid in navigating the waters.
After leaving Pyramid Point, we headed east along the shore to the beach at the end of Bohemian Road on Good Harbor Bay.
Even with the prevailing southwest winds clocking in at 30 miles an hour on Sunday, the water at the shore was dead calm….hence the name “Good Harbor”. The rocks extend a few feet and then the bottom is sandy.
From this point, we were able to see northward along the western shore of the Leelanau Penninsula. The town of Leland is up along there somewhere. That is where we saw the sunset from the other night in our previous post.
For the first few days of May in this area, the weather has been marvelous. As the wildflowers have announced, Spring has definitely arrived in Leelanau County!