For the final leg of our journey, we drove out to the Sleeping Bear Dunes. If you ever want to be reminded of how utterly out of shape you are, all you need to do is try climbing up sand dunes. We jealously watched an athletic couple bound up the hill as we dragged ourselves, panting, atop the dunes. We walked to the point where we could see Lake Michigan. It was utterly breathtaking. The dunes rolled on for miles, and I don't think I've ever seen anything quite like it.
Unfortunately, it was too cloudy to see the sunset like we initially planned. However, we stayed there for a good portion of time until we headed back (going down dunes is much easier). We drove back, exhausted but content, and collapsed on to our beds—happy to have showers, heat and WiFi.
While very little went as planned, I wouldn’t change our trip for the world. We did a lot of growing up this weekend. I learned to read a map (apparently there are still places without cell service), stay calm under pressure and live in the moment. Rather than getting deterred by the setbacks, we rolled with the punches and ended up having a better, albeit different, trip than we initially thought.
It’s important to step out of your comfort zone every once in a while and try something totally new. This was one of those times, and now we’ve got a great story we can tell for years to come. I can’t wait to see what we end up doing next year!