OK. I’m the first to admit that I’m not a cherry pie connoisseur. But, we are in cherry country! And, Sherry and David told us we HAVE to go to the Grand Traverse Bay Pie Company and try their pie. So…due to rain in the forecast on Friday, we scrapped our kayak paddle and chilled for the day. Until about 3:00 PM when we headed to the Grand Traverse Bay Pie Company for dessert before the night’s dinner :)
We each ordered a slice of the Cherry Crumb Pie, warmed and with whipped cream.
It was heaven. I have never had a piece of cherry pie that tasted remotely similar. Apologies to David, who I have heard makes a cherry pie to die for, but, having never experienced his pie, I have to say that the Grand Traverse Pie Company makes the best Cherry Pie I have ever had! Rick agrees :) We contemplated buying a whole pie and taking it home with us, but Rick was afraid he would eat it all before bedtime, so we passed. I’m pretty sure we’ll be back before we leave the area, however :)
Saturday, we decided to check out a little more of Sleeping Bear Dunes. We saw the dunes from afar on our paddle Thursday, but we thought we should get up close and personal :) Sleeping Bear Dunes National Seashore is west of Traverse City on the shores of Lake Michigan.
Our original plan was to bike the Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail which currently runs from Empire to Glen Arbor following the dunes. That plan was scrapped when Rick discovered my rear bike tire was flat. He inflated and 30 minutes later it was flat again. I had just ridden it earlier in the week, bummer!
Instead, we drove to the Dune Climb area, midway on the trail, parked the Jeep there and took off on foot.
These dunes, although not as massive as the Great Sand Dunes in Colorado, are still huge.
We watched many climb the dune (approx 30 mins) and then run back down! They were having a great time! Many chose to continue on for another 3+ miles of sand hiking to get to Lake Michigan. The trail goes over 9 hills through the dunes plateau to the lake. It is listed as a strenuous hike with no shade. It was 85 and sunny, so we opted for the paved, somewhat shaded hiking/bike trail instead :) The only sand I like to hike in is sand right on a beach :)
Apparently, bicycling is more popular than walking. We were the only walkers on the trail!
Dune formation info
When we got to the little village of Glen Haven, we took a break to enjoy the cool lake breezes and beautiful scenery. At this point, we were very warm and a dip in that water would have been refreshing :) It would have made for a very damp hike back to the Jeep though!
By the time we finished, we had clocked 5.7 miles. We were pooped.
We wanted to see the rest of the Leelanau Peninsula while we were there, so we continued on Dunes Hwy until it connected with Hwy 22 which took us to Northport, on the northern end of the peninsula. We stopped for a cold drink and then headed back down to Traverse City and Lucy.
We sure would have enjoyed another slice of that cherry pie when we got home. Maybe we should have bought a whole one after all :) Maybe next time :)
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