In December 2017, my friend Keegan and I took a quick trip North to Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. We wanted to see what it looked like in winter, and it did not disappoint. But we really had to work for it! We drove for hours through a whiteout blizzard to get there, hiked a few miles through knee-deep snow, and froze our butts off watching the sunset on the beach. I had seen the landscape many times in summer, but it was even more beautiful to see in winter because we had the place all to ourselves.
The rolling dunes were covered in snow, and the harsh, 5 degrees Fahrenheit wind smacked waves up onto the shore, covering everything in sight with an inch or more of ice. After our cameras died from the cold, Keegan and I sat on the hood of the car and happily burned our mouths on hot tea from a thermos (I had poured that tea 8 hours before and it was still super hot- don’t you love thermoses?!). This was a tiring but super fun day trip, and a true off-season tourism WIN!