Last weekend I experienced my first snow as a Michigan resident. This weekend, it'll be in the 70's. Now I understand the whole "oh you don't like the weather? Just wait.". There's no doubt that winter is right around the corner...but since we have one last warm weekend we might as well get out and explore, right?

That's when I discovered Grand Mere State Park thanks to Only In Your State. The images of Grand Mere State Park are breathtaking. Moving away from Florida I was afraid that I would miss that ocean view...but this is pretty close to it.

 


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Look at those colors! According to Michigan.com, Grand Mere State Park offers "over 1 mile of Lake Michigan beach for sunbathing and swimming" as well as, "985 acres of beautiful undeveloped woods and magnificent sand dunes and hiking trails." That's impressive  enough to entice me to drive the hour it would take to get there. But, did you know that Grand Mere is also home to something ancient?

It's not as ominous as it sounds. Behind the dunes that lead to Lake Michigan lie three geologically ancient lakes. Emphasis on ancient. Apparently, they're left over from glaciers that used to be in the area. How amazing is that? This is how I know I'm not a scientist because part of me goes...wait...how have they not evaporated yet? Stay in school, kids. 😆 

 

 

 

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If you're planning your visit keep in mind that dogs are allowed but must be leashed, the park is open year round, but a recreation passport is required to enter the park. Those without a passport will pay a one time fee to enter the park.

Oh, and if you need a laugh, here's where you can see my actual face while I was watching the snow fall for the first time. I am not ashamed. 😂

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