The Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore is one of the most beautiful places on earth. There really is no other place quite like it. Just look at this landscape below. Perfect!
I had the pleasure of riding in a helicopter and filming the entire experience. So many people LOVE this area (and it’s not hard to understand why) that I thought I should put a video together so everyone could enjoy it no matter where in the world they were. Take a look at the video below!
The Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore Aerial Video
The park is named after a Chippewa legend of the sleeping bear. Read the full legend below.
Chippewa Legend Of The Sleeping Bear
According to the legend, an enormous forest fire on the western shore of Lake Michigan drove a mother bear and her two cubs into the lake for shelter, determined to reach the opposite shore. After many miles of swimming, the two cubs lagged behind. When the mother bear reached the shore, she waited on the top of a high bluff. The exhausted cubs drowned in the lake, but the mother bear stayed and waited in hopes that her cubs would finally appear. Impressed by the mother bear’s determination and faith, the Great Spirit created two islands (North and South Manitou Island) to commemorate the cubs, and the winds buried the sleeping bear under the sands of the dunes where she waits to this day.
Flying over the dunes was an amazing experience. I have walked the dunes several times even made some other videos (check out A Summer’s Walk here) but flying over them was the closest I’ve been to heaven .
If you love the Dunes you might enjoy some of this Sleepy Bear Sand Dunes Photography. Take a look! And let me know what you think in the video in the comments below.