Camping in the pinkie

We wanted to get out of town before Dave’s summer conference season began, and we thought seeing the Traverse City area before it got flooded with summer tourists would be a good idea.

Kingsley, MI: the world's most polite speed limit signs

Kingsley, MI: the world’s most polite speed limit signs

We spent two nights at Leelanau State park, at the very tip of the pinkie.

Barley does not much care for campfire smoke.  Also, apparently she hates tents!  So she spent the nights, and some of the days, in her trusty Moving Kennel.

P1100240We took a short hike through the woods to a beach where there were some dunes.  Barley got very hot, so we took her out to the water.  She had to be on leash because there are some endangered birds that nest on the dunes.

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that’s a happy dog if I’ve ever seen one

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From the top of an outlook we could see the lake.

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shade seekers

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I don't think this grill has been used yet this season

I don’t think this grill has been used yet this season

The roads were lined with cherry trees–Traverse City claims to be the world cherry capitol.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWe spent an afternoon in Traverse City.  We really wanted to go to the brew pub ran by Jolly Pumpkin/North Peak, two “sister” brewing companies.  When we got there, we found out that they really don’t serve Jolly Pumpkin there, which was quite a disappointment!  They found one bottle in the back for us, and we split some nachos.

P1100243We took a stroll around the downtown area.  We are glad we made it up when we did; it seems like the type of place that will be crazy from Memorial to Labor days.

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how did anyone think that was a good name?

On the way back we took the other side of M-22 down the pinkie, and stopped for lunch at Dick’s Pour House in the town of Lake Leelanau.  We were quite pleased!  Good coffee and a wide variety of options.  I had a reuben and Dave had a veggie wrap.

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great minds think alike

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