When we got up in the morning at the hotel in Traverse City, we saw that it had rained, although not much.  

I'd been up since around 4:30 in the morning and was more or less ready to leave the hotel, so we left by 10 and were off to find breakfast and headed back to the park.  A part of me would have liked to have stayed and visited a few wineries, but knowing we needed to drive back to Grand Rapids and wanting to go back to Sleeping Bear Dunes, it wasn't worth waiting around for a few hours for the tasting rooms to open. 

So we drove back across to the park and hike a trail.  Yesterday we'd more or less just enjoyed the beach and the Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive at the park.  So today was a day to enjoy hiking one of the trails.  I picked Platte Plains because I knew Chris liked the look of pine plantations and the trail goes through a part of one.  

We got to see a lot of work that the beavers had done to some trees and even saw some critter resting out and about in the lake.  I'm not 100% sure what it was, but it was still cool. 

There were plenty of critters to see - birds, snakes, butterflies, and more.  And lovely sights to hold.  It was a really peaceful, fun walk. 

The loop we did was more or less 4.5 miles, so since I kept stopping to take photos and the like it took us a few hours.

after that we headed over to Glen Arbor so I could hit up Cherry Republic, a winery, and then we were off back on our way home to assure Leki and Peppy we were still there to give them food and attention. 

For more photos of Sleeping Bear Dunes from the whole weekend, visit the flickr set here

For more photos of Traverse City (Old Mission, and more as well) from the whole weekend, visit the flickr set here


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