I am not looking forward to tomorrow. If all goes well, I will be driving 9 hours and covering over 500 miles. If I get up at my normal hour, I am scheduled to be driving through or around Chicago at rush hour. Great timing. Did I mention that I will be doing the drive alone?
So I planned something special with which to end my day. I hope to end tomorrow by sitting on a sandy, undeveloped beach that stretches as far as I can see. I will sit on the sand duned beach and watch the sun slowly sink into the sapphire water.
No, I will not be at the ocean, but you wouldn’t be able to tell from a picture. Your nose, however, would give lie to the picture. There is no salty tang to the air, for the water that continues out past the horizon is fresh water.
Lake Michigan, one of the five Great Lakes, is one of my favorite places on earth. Its eastern shore is lined by sandy beaches contoured by the wind and waves into sand dunes. Many of these beaches are public lands, parks of some variety.
I will be enjoying one of these parks, Michigan’s Warren Dunes State Park. Warren Dunes is only an hour and a half outside of Chicago, and yet it feels like a different world. Its three miles of sandy Lake Michigan beach are left in their natural state. The tallest sand dune reaches a height of 260 feet above the lake. It has 6 miles of hiking trails, 1,950 acres, and over 200 campsites, one of which I will be occupying.
I may not be looking forward to driving tomorrow, but I am certainly looking forward to the sunset.
Do you plan special treats for yourself at the end of a grueling day? Share in the comments below.
Photo credit: Pure Michigan
Kate Meadows says
How great that you are thinking ahead, anticipating the reality of a grueling day and taking action by REWARDING yourself at the end. You will have something to look forward to all day long. Take lots of pictures — and enjoy the drive as much as you can. =)
Astrid Bryce says
Thanks Kate for the well wishes. The drive went so well that I considered going all the way and not stopping for my sunset. I decided that the sunset was necessary. My husband laughed when he saw I took over 170 pictures of it. I love digital cameras. If you follow me on Twitter (@AstridBryce), I tweeted one of the pictures I took.