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July 9, 2014

Day Two: Fame M-22 Journey

The second day of our adventure was one the best days of my life. Waking up with the sun rising, birds chirping and nothing but dense forestry and tall sand dunes surrounding us was so peaceful. It was such a cool feeling to be a lost in the middle of the Northern woods. Ken made us coffee using a percolator and small MSR backpackers burner then we took our time enjoying our hot coffee and the scenery around us. After coffee and muffins we packed the van and drove North up M-22 to Sleeping Bear Dunes National Park. We spent a few hours here climbing the dunes and soaking up Michigan's most beautiful blue water and sand dunes. Sleeping Bear Dunes has to be the most gorgeous place in Michigan - it is absolutely breath-taking.

After leisurely making our way through the park we began heading toward Traverse City, but first made a brief detour in Glen Arbor and Glen Haven. We couldn't resist getting in the clear water and taking a few photos/ videos while doing so. Peugeot had a blast running in the sand, chasing seagulls and drinking the fresh lake water.

On our way up through Traverse City we made a stop to visit by good friend Becca, then stopped at Jolly Pumpkin to fill up our Journey Jug growler and take a moment to rest. From there, we got back in the magic bus and spent some time exploring Mission Point and visiting another beautiful lighthouse. How perfect!

When the sun began setting we began our search for the next spot to camp for the night. Again, we spent time struggling to find a place to park the van for the night. The hardest part about being Gypsy Campers, is that not many people roll in at 10:00 at night and leave by 8:00 am the next morning, therefore, most every campground in the Traverse City area was booked for the weekend. We spent close to 2 hours driving around Friday night and missed all the fireworks because of it. Our patience was tested as we continuously got turned away by campground after campground, we were almost desperate enough to sleep in a Walmart parking lot, almost... Luckily we stopped at one more site near Traverse City and we took the last open space and rested there for the night.

"Tourists don't know where they have been, travelers don't know where they are going." 
- Paul Theroux

Sleeping Bear Dunes National Park

Grilling burgers in Sleeping Bear Dunes National Park

Family Photo in Glen Arbor