We headed north from Ludington after the hike, counted our blessings when we discovered The Bungalow Inn still serving dinner at 10 pm.
After checking several Manistee hotels late into the night, we finally found one that was not booked full with fishermen hoping to win the local derby.
I awoke to another beautiful blue sky, fluffy cloud day and began the drive towards Sleeping Bear Dunes.
The first awe inspiring roadside stop was the Arcadia Scenic Lookout which is also aptly named Inspiration Point. It was my first grand coastal view of Lake Michigan’s sandy shores. The most startling surprise was the water color rivaled every Caribbean location I’ve seen. Beautiful!
Point Betsie Lighthouse is off M-22 down a road carved out from the sand. It has been beautifully restored by The Friends of Point Betsie Lighthouse, with plans to add further exhibits in the future.
Another favorite Michigan shoreline view was discovered after I walked by Betsie on the Lake Michigan side and took a dirt path in front of the rich red Fog Signal Building. I was rewarded with a long shoreline view and of a sailboat on wheels.