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September 13 - Kayaking the Dunes

 | Published on 9/13/2018

Awe these September days.  Crowds are behind us, crisp mornings, warm coffee and of course paddling along the Sleeping Bear shoreline.  Three couples and myself, led by Lois and John, took to Lake Michigan starting at Empire beach along the dunes north about 8 miles to Glen Haven.  A gentle current assisted each stroke of the paddle as we shared stories of previous experiences on the water.  Gerry crafted what I have to say was the most beautiful wooden kayak I've ever seen, and at 19 inches wide, one had to have the grace of a swan to operate such a nimble boat.  About midway John pointed out a part of a shipwreck so we explored the large planks of wood, pierced by rusty fingers of bolts.  Islands, freighters, sand pipers, light houses, and of course clear water and sand were on display for our viewing.  A few lost people, walking along the coast reminded me of how fortunate we are to have so many experienced folks in the TAPC. About half way we beached the boats, grabbed our lunches and feasted, something about paddling makes food just taste so good.  


Before long we rounded, what seemed to be the never ending points of the shore, into the bay at Glen Haven. In view was the large red cannery, the old white ship and a few beach goers enjoying this perfect Thursday.  Lois and I found instant relief in the refreshing waters as we went for a swim. She sure has a zest for life, and John, I always learn so much good information from him. He will be having back surgery soon, please say a prayer for him for a speedy recovery.  Finally we enjoyed a frozen treat of custard in Empire before the drive back home.  Fall is my favorite time to paddle, I suggest signing up for one of the future trips!


Peace and Grace


Danny Pinegar

Photos by Donna Steinebach

A calm start for the day

Danny, Susan, John, Tom, and Gerald

Lois and Danny

Dune overlook

Lunch on the beach

Tools for exploration

Footprints in the sands of time

Susan and Gerald

Remnant of an old ship

The end is in sight