This afternoon, we headed out on a dune ride at the Silver Lake State Park today with Mac Wood’s Dune Rides. The park is 1.5 miles wide and 3 miles long, and composed of mature forest land and over 2,000 acres of sand dunes. It is divided into three segments: the northern area is an all-terrain vehicle park, and is the only dunes area east of Utah where a private motorized vehicle may be driven from April 1 through October 31, the middle of the park is a non-vehicle area (the Walking Dunes), and the southernmost section is leased to the Mac Wood for scenic dune cruising with spectacular views of Lake Michigan and Silver Lake.
The area was once covered by dense white pine forests. However, the stands of trees fell prey to American’s growing demand for lumber during the 19th Century. In 1871-72, much of the lumber is rumored to have gone toward rebuilding Chicago after its disastrous fire of October 1871.
With nothing to hold the soil or stop the movement of the sane, the dunes began their slow movement eastward from the Lake Michigan lakeshore. Stumps of the old forest still dot the mostly barren landscape.
Arriving at Mac Wood’s premises, we paid for our tickets, after which I was told that there was a $2.00 per person discount for veterans. So, back in I went, showed them my ID and, lo and behold, they handed me $4.00!
Then, there was the price in 1965 …
where Tim took us right through the surf.
After a stop to dip our feet in Lake Michigan and a group photo op
We continued on, we eventually crested a large dune overlooking Silver Lake … where the same is inexorably encroaching on the lake.
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It was back through the woods