I’ve been on vacation for the past week, repeating my family’s road trip to Warren Dunes State Park on Lake Michigan, not far from the Indiana state line, and to a friend’s house outside of Madison, Wis.
I wrote about camping at Warren Dunes last year, so I won’t repeat myself. Except to say that I seriously love the freshwater dunes environment and geek out pretty hard when I’m there.
It’s such a unique and fascinating ecosystem, with incredibly lush, dense forests filled with oak, beech, hemlock, sassafras and paw paw trees giving way to nutrient-poor, desert-like sand dune environments that still manage to host an incredible array of plants and trees — especially cottonwood, oak, milkweed, sand cherry, hairy puccoon and horsetail. Plus, the elevation and topography they bring are a welcome sight for this flatland Detroiter. It’s a flat-out beautiful place; I hope you agree.