Silver Lake is a beautiful local lake with one of the longest stretches of bare dunes along the Michigan Shore, between Silver Lake and Lake Michigan.
That said, it's one of my least favorite places to go in the summer. The DNR has decided that these dunes will be dedicated to motorized recreation. There are commercial dune rides, places for private citizens to ride their own or rented dune buggies. The small community that has grown up around the tourist business is wall to wall people and noise all summer. The state park tent sites are like side-by-side bedrooms.
However, after the summer people leave, it can be almost restful.
Like anywhere else on a lovely lake, the cottages and starter castles encroach as close as possible to the public land.
We used to deliver papers here. If the papers were late and we got there after 7 am the traffic was so bad it really made for slow deliveries.
But yesterday, I had a case to do near here, and stopped to enjoy the more natural feel of the post-tourist season.
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