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.

Eastern Market, Detroit, Michigan

Eastern Market, Detroit, Michigan

Eastern Market, Detroit, Michigan

Eastern Market, Detroit, Michigan

Abandoned church, Detroit, Michigan

Abandoned church, Detroit, Michigan

Church, Detroit, Michigan

Church, Detroit, Michigan

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.

Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, Michigan

Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, Michigan

Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, Michigan

Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, Michigan

Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, Michigan

Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, Michigan

Tom and Abby walking on beach, Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, Michigan

Tom and Abby walking on beach, Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, Michigan

Rock hunting, Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, Michigan

Rock hunting, Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, Michigan

Tom and Abby walking on beach, Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, Michigan

Tom and Abby walking on beach, Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, Michigan

Tom and Abby walking on beach, Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, Michigan

Tom and Abby walking on beach, Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, Michigan

Museum recreation of commercial fishing shanty, Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, Michigan

Museum recreation of commercial fishing shanty, Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, Michigan

Grand Traverse Lighthouse, 1858, Leelenau State Park, Michigan

Grand Traverse Lighthouse, 1858, Leelenau State Park, Michigan

Vasa Pathway, Traverse City, Michigan

Vasa Pathway, Traverse City, Michigan

Toad on Vasa Pathway, Traverse City, Michigan

Toad on Vasa Pathway, Traverse City, Michigan

Petoskey Pierhead Lighthouse, Petoskey, Michigan

Petoskey Pierhead Lighthouse, Petoskey, Michigan

Lake Michigan from Petoskey, Michigan

Lake Michigan from Petoskey, Michigan

Old Mission Lighthouse, Michigan

Old Mission Lighthouse, Michigan

Old Mission Lighthouse, Michigan

Old Mission Lighthouse, Michigan

Orchards on Old Mission Penninsula, Michigan

Orchards on Old Mission Penninsula, Michigan

Vineyards on Old Mission Penninsula, Michigan

Vineyards on Old Mission Penninsula, Michigan