When I recall the sites I have enjoyed hiking during this summer, one of my favorites happens to be a short but out of the way trail that curls through thick woods and ends at Lake Michigan. In order to arrive at the beginning of the sandy path to the shore, one first must drive a back road between extended areas of marshland to a small and hidden lot for parking.
Since the location is somewhat remote, few walk the route and the beach at the trail’s end usually remains empty of many visitors. In fact, when a narrow view suddenly opens between dune mounds to reveal the isolated section of waterfront, one feels rewarded.
As seen in the accompanying photograph, the image appears welcoming. The setting offers a perfect place to rest after a long walk and to relax under sunshine with a light breeze blowing onshore for cooling off.