We drove around the downtown area, checking for possible dinner destinations, and parked near the marina. Though the evening was cool, with the sun was starting to set, we walked around the pristine park-like paths. My daughters were mesmerized by the fishy smell, boats, people fishing off the docks, and of course,Saturday was the day we were planning to explore two state parks to the north, which is what we did, despite the rainy weather.
Lake Michigan itself.
The first park we visited was Kohler –In retrospect, we should have spent the rest of our time hiking in
Andrae State Park, located near . If you enjoy camping, this would be a
great place to pitch your tent. For those staying for the day, there are plenty
of natural areas to explore, including a few miles of lakefront beach and
associated sand dunes. While it would have been pleasant to visit the lake on a
warm and sunny day, like the last time we visited, the threatening gray skies
and white-capped, crashing waves were breathtaking. After spending time on the
beach, we trekked inland to explore the sand dune trails and saw more
spectacular vistas. Of course, we also saw a variety of trees including various
evergreen conifers and stunning multi-hued deciduous trees. Sheboygan
The next day was stunningly bright after the previous day’s stormy weather. Even though we drove the interstate all the way home, the scenery was beautiful, almost as if the fall foliage had become more colorful in the short time that had elapsed from our journey north. Even though we were only gone 48 hours, it was enough time to see some gorgeous scenery, spend some time together as a family, and temporarily forget the stress of our daily lives. However, one of the best things about the trip was watching my young daughters not only enjoy, but get excited about, experiencing the beautiful scenery, despite the stormy weather. That's an important reason why I write Rachel Raccoon and Sammy Skunk books -- to help children and their families learn about nature and enjoy being outdoors. Maybe my next book will be "Rachel and Sammy Visit the Great Lakes"!