no horsing around when swimming except


you can horse around when swimming if you’re on a horse. Of course the horse of course the horse is one of the dumbest animals ever and you’re never quite sure what he’ll do. You may be bucked off right in the water. Worse still, you may be taken for a seahorse. I think this fellow is taking the horse for a weekly bath. What do you think?

Sleeping Bear Dunes


how would you like to climb this sand dune? Better still, how would you like to run down this one on that hot sand? At least you have a cool Lake Michigan to run into. That would cool off your feet in a heartbeat. To go up that dune you’d better be in pretty good shape. But just look at the view you’d have at the top? All the colors of Lake Michigan are at your disposal.

Sno-Cone Icebergs on Lake Michigan


I have a friend that dearly loves sno-cones and if she had seen this “one” I might have had to restrain her from rowing onto Lake Michigan to consume this one. Actually, though, these are NOT sno-cones even if they look like them as they are colored stripes on icebergs found within Lake Michigan. How do they get to be this way?

Icebergs in Lake Michigan sometimes have stripes, formed by layers of snow that react to different conditions.

Blue stripes are often created when a crevice in the ice sheet fills up with melt water and freezes so quickly that no bubbles form. When an iceberg falls into the lake, a layer of water can freeze to the underside. If this is rich in algae, it can form a green stripe.

Brown, black and yellow lines are caused by sediment, picked up when the ice sheet grinds downhill towards the lake. Interesting, is it not? Besides, if this were really a sno-cone, the price would be super expensive! But, boy would they ever taste good!

Not A Good Day For A Boat Trip


As a rule I don’t like big boats as I tend to get a tad seasick when upon them and these waves do nothing for my confidence. I have taken the Badger to Wisconsin many times but never on days when the waves are high.

It’s a good thing that they don’t show movies on ferry boats because it would be my luck to get The Poseidon Adventure. Or it would be my day to have Pineapple Upside Down Cake. Not that the amenities on ferry boats aren’t good, because they are, however on wavy days I would need to see a doctor preferably on the dock!

Waves are only good to swim in but not to ride up and down like a bucking broncho. It should be said that these boats are built to withstand high waves. One can still get seasick even on the best of days. Perhaps a nap in my quarters would be in order. Later!

How About A Polar Bear Swim?


As a member of the Polar Bear Club I should let you know that this sign is right- There is no lifeguard on duty today! So how about a nice refreshing swim? That is after you wade through about nine inches of snow just to get to the beach. You haven’t lived before you’ve done that! Once on the beach, the sandy shore is covered by snow and ice and there’s that sharp wind coming off Lake Michigan.

No sand castles today although you might be disposed to make a few snow angels before you take a dip. After that brief dip the race is on to get back into your car and hope whoever is there with you has that heater going full blast. Makes one long for the nice hot days of summer!

Lake Michigan Winter Dunes On M-116


I don’t think you’ll be needing your sun tan lotion today. How foreboding the dunes now look along Michigan 116 between Ludington and the Hamlin Dam. That seven mile stretch of highway is alongside Lake Michigan all the way to the dam. In the summer, almost any spot is great to park at and have your own private beach literally.

Today, though, the wind would be biting and even sand kicks up in your face. Eyes water easily and can almost freeze over along this shoreline. I know because when there isn’t snow on the ground, I jog this area even in the winter. In high winds stinging sand provides a whole new meaning. Between the highway and the lake stands only a singular sand dune all the way to the dam. This is the view from one of those dunes along the way.

Yes, it’s a beautiful vista albeit a cold one. And a cold one is the last thing on my mind right now. Instead a mug of hot chocolate comes to mind.

The Ludington lighthouse


Darlene and I  I’ve covered the Ludington lighthouse  greatly . Some morons actually try to walk out there in weather like this . One of our readers asked me  how far  from Shore the lighthouse might be. Well , get your walking shoes on because a round trip is one mile. That’s a long walk to risk your life on in high water.IMG_20171122_182840b8ab6785bf766d2c44d52813ada09d5a

Lake Michigan Ice Shelf


Here is a typical Lake Michigan ice shelf in the dead of winter. However, unlike most inland lakes, I would not trust this particular ice shelf too much in regard to walking out onto it. Lake Michigan is different than other lakes in that it gets winter storms that still manage to churn up the seas which creates ice holes within the shelf that shoot up tremendous volumes of water.

It is akin to water hitting a breakwater only in an ice shelf it shoots up much like a geyser such as Old Faithful would. In those areas of the ice shelf, the ice itself is very loose and unstable yet still appears safe to walk upon by the naked eye.

The only ice I feel safe enough to walk on at Lake Michigan is within a few feet of shore. The lake is cold enough in the summer and I can tell you by personal testimony it is even colder in winter. Once a year my polarbear club takes a dip into Lake Michigan, albeit a rather short one. But falling through a hole in the lake with full clothes on doesn’t take much imagination as to how long one might last, especially without help.

I always treat the ice shelfs of Lake Michigan with great respect and enjoy what I can observe with my eyes while allowing my feet to stay on the safe dry land. Or at least as dry as you can get the land in the middle of winter on the shores of Lake Michigan.