The mother bear can still be seen (sort of, see below) on one of the dunes at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. The islands called North and South Manitou Islands are included in the park.
It wasn't a very nice day to go to the beach, so as usual, I bundled up and George didn't, then we drove north. First stop was the Philip A. Hart Visitor Center in Empire. They have a little museum and a video--which is actually more of a slide show of really good photos with narration about the park. Way better than some, although I will admit that they didn't have to dance around political correctness.
From the viewpoint of the sign, it doesn't look particularly steep, so I thought they were being overly pessimistic. You could get down that bank pretty quickly, but only the young or foolhardy try. Then we moved a little further so I could see the angle from the side instead of straight ahead and understood what they meant! Apparently these people match the young or foolhardy description.
|George in the Glen Haven Blacksmith Shop|
|Inside the Glen Haven General Store (I told her I'd post this!)|
|In the Cannery Boat Museum|