This year we started school Labor Day weekend. We kicked off the year with a family vacation to Glen Arbor, Michigan. Where the first part taking a day trip to the Traverse City area and Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.
We took a drive up to the Mission Point Lighthouse where we played on the beach for awhile. On the way back down to Traverse we found their version of wine country. We didn’t hang out long or have any wine, but we did take a few moments to enjoy the views.
Family Vacation to Glen Arbor
We visited Sleeping Bear Point Life Saving Station within Sleeping Bear Dunes Park. Where we learned about the efforts of the Life-saving Service, today we know them as the US Coast Guard. We had a wonderful conversation and learned a great deal from one of the National Parks volunteers. Who happened to be a recently retired teacher.
She showed Cole the monomoy boats and the rails that were used to get the boats out to the water. Where they would rescue stranded sailors from their ship. A really cool thing she showed us were the breeches buoy. A floating device constructed of a life ring and a pair of heavy duty pants. Then rescuers would launch it out to the stranded ship with a lyle gun so they could pull sailors in one at a time with help from the buoy. I love history and learning new things. I was really excited to meet this lovely NP volunteer, she was a total gem.
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Mission Point Lighthouse
Wine Country north of Traverse City
Pick Your Own Sunflower Fields
Sleeping Bear Dunes
That little dot in the middle up there is Cole. lol