Roundup of Travels Through Michigan: Detroit, Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, Lighthouses, a Hike, and Random Exploring of the Lake Michigan Coast
Tom and I had stopped in the Detroit area to visit his brother and his family, and after the visit to the Detroit Institute of Arts we visited the massive Eastern Market and got a driving tour of Detroit during which I snapped a few photos. Eastern Market, a multi-pavilion indoor/outdoor farmer’s market was swamped with people buying annuals since it was the third weekend in May so I didn’t take many photos as we attempted to navigate through the crowds but I found many delicious veggies and some fantastic whole wheat rye bread as well as fresh ground spices.
After our visit we headed north along the coast of Lake Michigan making stops at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, and a few lighthouses while we waited for the rain and cold temperatures in northern Michigan and Ontario to blow over. We had a few sunny hours here and there in which we walked (and rock hunted) on the lake shore and hiked the 6.5 mile Vasa Pathway near Traverse City but most of the days were rainy and a bit chilly despite it being nearly June. We also encountered our first swarm of black flies on the trip, which chased us out of a couple shoreline walks.