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Alone at Silver Lake

| Updated Apr 24, 2018

We were going to head home Monday. But then we realized, we can work anywhere. Serendipity is our rule. And so, instead of returning to our sticks and bricks home on the other side of Michigan, we pointed the nose of our 2017 Roadtrek CS Adventurous XL 4X4 North and followed the Lake Michigan shoreline until we felt like stopping.

That turned to be only about 50 or so miles from the Muskegon State Park, where we spent Sunday night.

Monday night found us camped at the Silver Lake State Park, right n the shore of Silver Lake and right across from some of the most impressive sand dunes you’ll see anywhere on the beautiful Lake Michigan coastline.

During the peak season, this is one of those parks that is almost impossible to get into without making reservations long, long in advance.

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That's our spot at Silver Lake State Park. We were the only campers in the whole camoground

Today, we had our pick of spots. In fact, near as we can tell, we are the only campers here. There’s a travel trailer way down at one end but it seems to be just parked there.

The area here is extremely popular because this is one of the very few places where All Terrain Vehicles can be driven on a section of the dunes. There’s a brisk summer business here in renting out ORV’s and “Beach Buggies” of all kinds to the visiting tourists.

But with the state park only open for the past week and most of the businesses still closed for the season, the dunes were pretty much empty. Bo and I hiked up and around them this afternoon.

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That's Bo up top of the dunes running to me. You can see we are well above the treetops in the forest behind

They tower well over 100 feet high, sand mountains that stretch south to north for three miles, separating Lake Michigan and Silver Lake. A set of wooden stairs goes half way up. The remaining distance is close to straight vertical and you will be scrambling on all fours. It was a piece of cake for Bo, who is used to moving on all fours. Me, not so much. I admit, I was extremely winded when I finally reached the top.

Afterwards, we explored the tiny towns of Means and Hart, grabbing lunch and dinner in local places. After stocking up on water and some groceries at an IGA, we headed back t the campground.

Mondays and Tuesdays are our busiest work days, even in the road. So while Jen took Bo for still another long hike, I worked in preparing the podcast from the RV. Oe note, though: Cellular phone coverage here is very spotty. You will want a cell phone booster of some sort if you want to use the Internet. I did not see a park wifi network, though it may be too early in the season for them to turn it on for what is – except for us – essentially an empty campground.

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Another view at the top of the dunes. They are very stark and windswept and go on for more than three miles.

After work, with the whole campground empty, we watched the sun set across the lake over the dunes.

That’s the awesome photo that is our featured image for this post.

The temperature hit 67 up here Monday. But as I write these words Monday night, it’s down to the mid 40’s now. Time to fire up the heater and get the beds ready.

That task is a bit more cumbersome because Bo, exhausted from all the hikes and fresh air, conked out earlier than usual and we had to tippytoe around his bed.

It's all good.




Mike Wendland

Published on 2018-04-24

Mike Wendland is a multiple Emmy-award-winning Journalist, Podcaster, YouTuber, and Blogger, who has traveled with his wife, Jennifer, all over North America in an RV, sharing adventures and reviewing RV, Camping, Outdoor, Travel and Tech Gear for the past 12 years. They are leading industry experts in RV living and have written 18 travel books.

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